Journey of 2014 Photo Page

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June Lake & Eastern Sierra          Nevada & Great Basin          Utah & Dinosaur National Monument

Colorado & Dinosaur National Monument          Colorado & Rocky Mountain National Park

Missouri & Indiana          Ohio & Michigan          Missouri Again          Heading Home         Maps

   

June Lake & Eastern Sierra

  

A different view of Half Dome Cloud's Rest Tenaya Lake
   

Mikie & Teri in the gondola at Mammoth Lakes

Yeah, that's what's holding us up The Minarets
   

Triumphant atop an 11,000 foot peak

View from Seven Lake Vista Dick with the Minarets as backdrop
   
With the Minarets in the background, Teri celebrates her 50th birthday Biking is a popular activity at Mammoth Lakes Our A-frame at Reverse Creek Lodge
   
Teri in our kitchen Mikie and Max, just kicking back The view from our cabin
   

Cliffs above the June Lake Loop road

Rugged juniper by the road One of many volcanic craters in the Mono Lake area
   
Panum Crater Obsidian boulder in the crater Water spout on Mono Lake
   
The dramatic top of the plug More obsidian A stormy morning
   
Hot Creek It probably should say SURVIVORS will be cited The cool part of Hot Creek
   
Boulder at Obsidian Dome

Teri considers whether she can make off with that nice speciman

Obsidian comes in various colors
   
The path to the top of the dome Pumice makes average humans capable of amazing feats  On top of Obsidian Dome
   
Different colored volcanic rocks at Obsidian Dome All the places you can go from Mammoth Lakes Squirrel in the meadow near Devil's Postpile
   
The Devils Postpile Broken posts in front of the formation Max and Mikie on the fallen posts
    
On the southern end of the area Another look at the southern end Meadow and Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River
   
Polygon shapes of the posts are clearly seen on top of the pile Max, Mikie and Teri on the top

Dick and Teri in front of our giant Jeffrey Pine

   
A last look at the Sierra along State Highway 120 Lupines by Highway 120 Heading into Benton and Benton Hot Springs
      
Eastern Sierra from State Highway 120
Eastern Sierra from State Highway 120
Panoramic view of the Minarets
  

Nevada & Great Basin National Park

  
The Snake Valley below Great Basin National Park Juniper, piņon and mountain mahogany Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park
  
The right way to get high

Aspens at the highest point on the road

Mountains north of the park
   
Meadow below Mather Overlook Snake Valley from the upper part of the park A bit of whimsy along the road into the park
    
Cliff Rose Inside Lehman Cave Another scene in the cave
   
More cave views
  
One of many old log structures around Baker, NV Figures at the ranching exhibit The palatial Whispering Elms Hotel in Baker
   
Limber pine cones at back, and Engleman spruce in front This dead bristlecone stands like a sentinel at the edge of the grove Tool used to take borings to determine age of trees
   
Base of an ancient bristlecone Comparison of bristlecone needles... ...and the looser, lighter limber pine needles
   
Only the branch on the left is still living on this patriarch This young  bristlecone, four inches in diameter and 12 feet tall, could be anywhere from 200 to 1,000 years old A close look at those bristly cones
   
An especially fine example of nature's sculpture work Dick next to the Guardian tree Lots of information about bristlecone pines
   
Yes, this is the trail to the grove A little smoother section of the trail Wheeler Peak from the grove
   
Dick at the Great Basin sign Looking east from Baker, NV Coral and ranch buildings at the edge of Baker
   
Inviting flower, spiny foliage marks this as a prickly poppy Downtown Baker NV Foot tall ant hill in Baker
    
Rock layers along US 6 in Nevada
   
13,000 foot Wheeler Peak area of Great Basin National Park
13,000 foot Wheeler Peak area of Great Basin National Park
 
Utah & Dinosaur National Monument
   
Notch Peak from US 6 just east of the Nevada border Small plants in the mud flats Along US 6 in western Utah
    
Rock formations along US 6 In Price Canyon on US 6 Bee posing on a thistle blossom
   
US 191 between Price Canyon on US 6 and US 40 Along US 191  Irrigated land in the valley along US 191
   
Old cabin on US 191 Prairie Dog on US 191 Turtle Rock, Cub Creek Drive in Dinosaur National Monument
    
Another turtle rock? Cliffs above the Green River Another rounded sandstone cliff
   
The Green River near Chew Ranch Sculpted sandstone

Split Mountain from near the end of the road

     
A closer look at Split Mountain Canyon off the Green River Petroglyphs by Jackson Pollack?
A closer look at Split Mountain Canyon off the Green River Petroglyphs by Jackson Pollack?
   

Fremont petroglyphs near Cub Creek

Cub Creek Josie Bassett Morris' cabin
   

Box canyon where Josie corralled her cows

View from the upper end of the canyon

Upper end of the canyon
   
Multicolored rock near Split Mountain Area Campground on the Green River below Split Mountain The river above the camping area
   
Flowers along the road  Proof that I was there The Monument is part of a huge area where dinosaurs once roamed
   
The Quarry Exhibit Hall Camarasaurus femur, about five feet long Actual apatosaurus skull fossil
   
Bones in the quarry
   
A ubiquitous sign all over the west At the entrance to Sound of Silence Trail Evidence of heavy runoff
   
Colors both vibrant and subtle Endlessly fascinating formations mark the Sound of Silence Trail Unique markings
   
The work of time, water and wind More sandstone sculpture Multicolor layers
   
Fremont culture cell tower? Looking back toward the road on the Sound of Silence Trail One of a dozen pigmy rabbits who posed for pictures
   
You have to hike early to enjoy shade in the wash Hiking poles were welcome at this spot on the trail Without the trees, it would be a moonscape
You have to hike early to enjoy shade in the wash Hiking poles were welcome at this spot on the trail

Without the trees, it would be a moonscape

   
A look back in time A rare shady spot on the trail

Just like the back window of an SUV

   
Another Fremont figure along Cub Creek road The masterpiece, it probably took months to etch this lizard The flute player is a common figure in southwest native culture 
   
Bighorn sheep petroglyph The lizard is visible above the trail to the petroglyphs View from the petroglyph trail
   
  
Big smoke cloud north of Vernal Dozens of these planters lined the main street of Vernal, Utah Mammoth tusks under restoration
   
Bentonite in the Utah Museum A an explanation of Bentonite A nice display of projectile points
   
Apatosaurus skeleton in the museum Mammoth model at the museum Scientists now think pteranodon may have had fur
   
T-Rex and triceratops models outside the museum
   
Cliffs along the Green River
  
Entrance to the Sound of Silence Trail
    
Panorama of Turtle Rock area
 
Colorado & Dinosaur National Monument
   
A gully full of tumbleweeds Street sign in the town of Dinosaur, CO Plug Hat Butte
   
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Sagebrush and sandstone outcroppings View from trail above the butte Nature's fantastic sculpture work, using a Utah juniper
   
Mulleins line up at the edge of the road by Canyon Overlook The antelope play Another striking juniper
   
Flowers of Dinosaur National Monument
   
A dramatic view of the canyons of Dinosaur National Monument Looking down into Echo Park Echo Park, where the Yampa meets the Green; formation just left of center is Steamboat Rock
    
The river and the canyon it carved Talk about a remote road! The Green below the confluence of the two rivers
  
Close up in Echo Park    A twisted river
Close up in Echo Park    A twisted river
     
Echo Park panorama
   
The Yampa in a quieter mood Entrance sign to the Colorado section of the monument Flower in the northern section of Dinosaur Monument
   
The gates to the Gates The Green River above the Gates Red cliffs above the Green River, viewed from Colorado 318
    
From the trail approaching the Gates Another view from the trail This peaceful section belies the rapids that lie ahead
   
Following in the path of Powell The Gates of Lodore At the end of the trail
   
Rock formation by the trail    The Lizard of Lordore
Rock formation by the trail    The Lizard of Lodore
       
The Green River enters the Gates of Lodore
  
Cliffs in the Canyon Pintado Historic District south of Rangely, CO
    
Rock formations on Colorado 64 northwest of Rangely Rock paintings in Four Mile Draw Old line shack in the canyon
    
A gate to keep cows out and let water and debris through A view across Four Mile Draw Eroded cliff in the draw
   
One of the most popular characters of the southwest Kokopeli and another figure A closer look
     
A lance painted on the rock Formation near Kokopelli The White Bird site
   
Swallows nests in the cliffs A rock strewn canyon Cliff along Canyon Pintado road
   
A field of grass Grasses and scrub brush Cottontail rabbit
   
Oil pump near Rangely Museum Downtown Rangely, CO White River near Rangely
   

Hay bales along the White River on CO 64 east of Rangely

Abandoned ranch along CO 64 The ranch house
  
Colorado & Rocky Mountain National Park
     
Snow fence on CO 13 The Yampa again, by CO 13 Yampa Valley along US 40
   
Yampa Valley Panorama
  
Another abandoned homestead

US 40 enters the Colorado River canyon

My first view of the Colorado river IN Colorado
       
Colorado corral
    
Storm over Kremmling, CO Granby Lake at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park Entering the park
        
Lake Granby and the Rocky Mountains
        

The Colorado in the Kawuneeche Valley

The Kawuneeche Valley This thistle keeps its heads down where the leaves offer maximum protection
     
Kawuneeche Valley
     

Moose feeing in the Kawuneeche Valley

Adams Falls

Looking down from the top of the falls

  
Rocky Mountains in the national park
  
Storm in the Rockies A unique flower Dandelion near the Colorado
    
Grand Lake, just outside the park The Rockies above Granby Lake The view from my balcony in Granby
   
Something for everyone in downtown Granby Homesteader's cabin in Kawuneeche Valley The Colorado River has its start a few miles up this valley
  
A short walk from here are buildings that were part of a dude ranch started about 1920 The Colorado near Holzwarth Dude Ranch  Old corral at the ranch site
 
This ice house kept 125 100-pound blocks of ice frozen through the summer This was John Holzwarth's taxidermy shop The original house
   
Another moose Mountain flowers The view from Fairview Curve
     
Looking back at the Kawuneeche Valley from Fairview Columbine blossom Small lake by the Continental Divide
   

Surely we can get higher than this!

Still not the highest point on the road

Just about as high as it gets without going off road
  
View from the road below the visitor center

Snow and mountains near visitor center

A glacial cirque, looking out the back of the visitor center
   
The dark cliffs are lava Above the tree line, tiny flowers are king More alpine blooms
  
Flowers of the tundra
    
Rocks are another major crop in these parts The path leads out to a vista point above a river canyon Mountains and tundra
   
Shades of blue dominate More rugged peaks Nothing but rock and ice
   
The road to the sky The view of a "park" on the eastern side Another park
   
Down in the "low" country around 7,000 feet Big Thompson River In the river canyon
      
High peaks and tundra
   
Kansas, Missouri, Indiana
Cedar Bluffs along US 83 in Kansas Geographic center of US marker in Kansas James Stanley McGee
   
These flowers were everywhere in the Midwestern states Entering Etna Green Indiana Soy beans from front of June Ganshorn's house
   

Sign at historic Robert Watkins Farm

Robert in Civil War days Robert and Sarah in later days
   
   
Dick Estel and June Ganshorn    Lots of choices
     
  
   June Ganshorn house and farm, Etna Green, Indiana
  
Ohio & Michigan
Cousin Martha and her mulleins

Daughter Heidi, Martha, twins Vanessa & Natasha, friend Morgan

In Oak Openings Preserve (trees broken off by a tornado)
   
Another view in Oak Openings Twin fawns in the preserve Blossoms in the preserve
   

A dramatic flower in Martha's garden

A unique red-leaf plant

Frogs enjoy a quiet pond in the garden

   
Here, it IS easy being green  Martha's back yard A lupine blooms in Ohio
    
Barn north of Delta, Ohio Sunset on the farm The Snyders: Kate, Annnette & Dom, Mark, Rob & Luke, Jacob
   

Luke & Dominic sample the berry crop

Jacob and rabbit The kids on the stage coach climbing bars 
   
Luke ready to hop on pop Fisherman Mark

In a non-traditional approach, Jacob chops wood after it's on the fire

   

Ron Dzierzawski getting the boat ready

The view  from Wampler's Lake, Michigan Blue Heron patrolling the lake
   
Chrysanthemums in Vaughn greenhouse Automatic watering Poinsettias
   
Downtown Ai Where K.K. & Tillie Watkins lived in 1920 K.K. & Tillie headstone
  
Missouri Again
Gateway Arch in St. Louis The wind turned this garbage can inside out

James & Paz Hall, Dick, Gayle & Jim Hall

   
Jim, Gayle & Amos James, Paz & Otis Aaron Hall & daughter Casey
  
     
   Woods back of Jim's place    
    
Heading Home
The real west Cheapest gas on the trip Green fields
The real west Cheapest gas on the trip Green fields
   
Sunflowers in Oklahoma Lots of signs for the Flying C Ranch in New Mexico Do you see the face?
   
Colorful New Mexico More sandstone cliffs At the edge of Santa Rosa, NM
   
A three layer "cake" of sandstone
   

High desert and mountains in Arizona

More Arizona Arizona desert country
   
Clouds stacked up
An eroded hillside Clouds stacked up in Arizona Kramer Junction in California's Mojave Desert
   
The north side of Boron... ...and the south side Part of Edwards Air Force Base, above the town of Boron
   
A more than adequate number of creosote bushes Borax mine and processing plant Mountains south of Tehachapi
   
Keene's other claim to fame
The way to town Keene's claim to fame Keene's other claim to fame
   
The last highway on my trip
Still another Keene landmark Back in the San Joaquin Valley- a giant fruit stand The last highway on my trip
     
Home at last!
Only a block to go My street - a welcome sight after 40 days of traveling Home at last!
     
Two engines at the front and two at the rear move this train up the Tehachapi grade
   
Gas in Missouri... ...and in Oklahoma... ...and back in California
  
Maps
Eastbound: June Lake & Great Basin National Park Dinosaur National Monument Areas visited in eastern Dinosaur National Monument
      
Rocky Mountain National Park Overnight Stops Visiting Jim in Missouri and June in Indiana
   
Travel from Indiana to Maumee OH Areas visited from Maumee Westbound: Overnight stops; Hall family in Missouri
   
Overnight stops Last night and arrival home Overview of approximate route
   
   Signs along the road   
   Signs along the road   
     
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Updated December 17, 2015