Salt Lake, the Great

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In my previous post I promised I’d explain why I chose to stay at the Peery Hotel in Salt Lake City. First, when I travel, I try to favor locally owned hotels rather than supporting the large hotel chains. (Some …

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Unexpected Utah

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The distance from Kanab, which is quite far south, to Cove which occupies a spot on the map very near Idaho (so about as far north as you can travel and still be in Utah) is 409 miles. By the …

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Yeah-eah we wept…

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I’d been up late learning about hoodoos so when the morning sun began to filter through the windows of my cabin, I obstinately pulled the covers over my face willing to trade a few minutes extra rest for the the …

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Double Dutch

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It was past noon when we finished our tour of Monument Valley. Or, I should say, I was reasonably certain that the time on my cell phone showing it as past noon was correct since both the Navajo Nation and …

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Going Dutch

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I’ll be driving a lot and sightseeing a little today. And, of course, that means a certain amount of backtracking even if it’s only 24 miles. Fortunately, the two places I’m visiting – one in Arizona and one in Utah …

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Open spaces, little known heroes and more rock faces

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Today’s journey will mark the end of the front end of the Arizona portion of this trip – that is, the last day of sightseeing before I return to Tucson for the flight home. Join me today in traversing about …

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A Slipher of life and a my lord moment

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As I promised, this entry will wrap up both your lesson in astronomy and cosmology plus, as an added bonus, include the way I spent the rest of the day Sunday. So let’s get started. Red shift, blue shift (more …

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Climbing cliffs and discovering Pluto

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Even before the day of my arrival in Tucson, information flowed and events began to conspire to provoke changes in the various daily itineraries I’d been planning (though not rigidly or meticulously) since early February. But change is one of …

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Gettin’ my Kicks

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We’ve got a long day ahead so be ready for a long read. CELEBRATED IN SONG:   ROMANTICIZED IN A 1960’S TELEVISION SERIES: And , of course, immortalized by John Steinbeck who devoted an entire chapter (chapter 12) describing the …

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Picking up where I left off

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It’s still yesterday (in blog time, of course) As I noted at the end of the previous post, I’d finished walking chronologically backward and reached the beginning of the Trail of Time but still had barely covered a third of …

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