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Road Trip to Utah 2015
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.12 - 10:02:54
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Basin Ranges
  (15 days)
Participants: Klaus Haring, Zoran Vasik
A long drive with descriptions of short side trips, some unfinished business from earlier trips and links to longer excursions.
In summer 2015 Zoran wanted to go to Brice Canyon. I had been there a few times, the first time in winter 1981, but its a spectacular area worth several visits. Also I had some unfinished business along the way from my spring Road trip to California 2015 and earlier trips.

Day 1: Crossing the border on Labor Day weekend was quite slow and in Monroe Zoran wanted some Starbucks coffee which also took a long time. When we arrived at my usual stop at Snoqualmy Falls the parking lot was full on a late Saturday morning. An upper parking lot that I had not known about was full also, so we continued on and eventually stopped for lunch in a rest area east of Snoqualmy Pass. Later in the afternoon we continued to Pendleton in Oregon. Zoran knew a KOA campground there where he could get a discount. It was mostly motor homes, but we got a small grassy corner for tent camping. After we had cooked our dinner we went down into the town looking for a pub. The campsite and freeway were on a ridge and when we climbed back up Zoran had breathing problems, which didn't bode well for the climbs I had planned.

Day 2: We continued along I84 into Idaho and turned off at Bliss onto US30 for a late lunch at 1000 Springs. On my spring trip I had gotten a brochure of points of interest in southern Idaho including City of Rocks and Balanced Rock which was my first unfinished business. We turned west at Buhl and drove into a wide plane, zigzagging around farmers fields with no rock outcrops in sight anywhere. Then suddenly our road dropped into a small winding canyon, crossed a bigger one with a river, began climbing out and there was the unusual rock tower. It would not have been very far and several people were scrambling around, but it was getting late and we wanted to find a...

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