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Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 4, Northern Arizona

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The last stop on my big trip was Page, Arizona. Here is a picture of Lake Powell as I headed towards Page from Southern Utah.



I planned to hike two "slot canyons" while in the area, both on Navajo lands. The first slot canyon was called Antelope Canyon, and you could only access it by going on a tour with a Navajo guide. This was a very popular destination, and it was absolutely packed with people. Although I got a few decent photos using my tripod, it was like "combat photography" with all the people there. I don't know how many times my tripod got bumped while taking a picture. Here are a few shots from that trip.









Before I went to the second slot canyon, I hiked to an overlook looking down at a place in the Colorado River known as Horseshoe Bend. That was an absolutely breathtaking sight!



After all of my hiking the previous days (54 miles in 4 days), my big toes were getting swollen and red, and the toenails were dying. I decided I had better have them checked out before I hiked any further. The emergency room there at Page said that my toes were severely bruised and that I had an internal infection from all of the bruising. They gave me antibiotics, told me to ice them down 4 times a day, and told me no more hiking for awhile. The next day, they looked a little better, so I went ahead and did a 2-mile round-trip hike to the second slot canyon - Water Hole Canyon. While the descent into the canyon was a little scary, once I was down there, I had the canyon all to myself! It was definitely worth the $12 permit I had to get from the Navajo. Here a few pictures from that canyon.









It was a great hike. In the evening I took a few more pictures of the beautiful rock structures at sunset. I really liked the way they came out.





I had a great vacation and came back home refreshed. While I didn't eat as healthy as I should have, I definitely got my fitness in! By the way, the toes are much better. I'll probably lose the toenails, but the toes were good enough to go hiking a week later in the Guadalupe Mountains in West Texas. That will be another blog soon...

Take care!

  
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LINDAF49 12/4/2014 11:01PM

    Amazing Pictures and sights I will never see in person...Love your pictures and stories. Take good care of your feet. the nurse in me gets concerned but you know best and are living fully and well. God bless.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/21/2014 10:16AM

    Gorgeous photos!

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COLUMBINE2 11/5/2014 11:39PM

    Somehow I missed this blog & photos. We've been to Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend, too. The slot canyons are just beyond description. Good photos! We were lucky not to have big crowds.

Wow..when I read about your toes, I just cringed! Those were long walks...no wonder the toes were rebelling!

I'm glad you're getting this wonderful time w/ your son.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/28/2014 3:20PM

    Wow - gorgeous

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FLYCHRISTI 10/28/2014 2:45PM

    It is so beautiful!...
I like taking photos in the sunset,because of the light of this moment..
I am waiting for your next blog! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 10/26/2014 6:21PM

    Beautiful pictures. emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/26/2014 2:21AM

    Wow, those pictures were amazing and wonderful! You are a talented photographer.

Please take care of your toes and yourself. It may seem innocent but it can lead to other problems. Having said that, have fun on your next adventure! emoticon emoticon

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FITKAT62 10/24/2014 11:29PM

    Gorgeous photos!

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PICKIE98 10/24/2014 4:29PM

    First a nag:My neighbor lost her toenails and they NEVER grew back..She could never wear a pair of shoes again..ever!! Had to wear open toed slippers for the rest of her life..

nag over, The photos are breathtaking Bill!! What did those formations FEEL like? Sand stone? I have seen them on websites but never knew anybody personally who was there.. Was it very quiet? Wildlife? Smells? I love to remember all of those details when I travel..

Take care of those feet.. Hiking is harder with a wheelchair..(sarcasm).

Thank you so much for sharing them with us!!!!

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LYNCHD05 10/24/2014 2:04PM

    Bill your pictures are amazing. How lucky for you that you can do these hikes. I am amazed what great shape you are in. Awesome!!!!

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/24/2014 1:39PM

    WOW!
Fabulously gorgeous places and pictures! Thank you for sharing! However , take care of your toes, my friend! Having dealt with foot issues myself, I know how they can impact your life in unpleasant ways.

Take good care of yourself and keep having fun! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/24/2014 11:45AM

    Wow, what beautiful and unusual pictures. I'm virtually in Colorado as part of the Virtual Walk/Run across America spark team. The scenery is lovely, but our route doesn't take us through canyons. That's a journey for REAL people -like you.

Thanks for taking us along.



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TERRACOTTAGE 10/24/2014 9:34AM

    It's obvious that you are hiking a lifetime dream of yours... hopefully, you'll take the Dr.s advice, so it won't be the last time you hike. emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 10/23/2014 11:30PM

    Amazing pics. I see an eagle in the next to last one (I mean in the rock formation, not a real one) you are really visiting some unforgettable places! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/23/2014 11:26PM

    Bill, what beautiful sights you have seen!!!!!!! The photos are fantastic!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/23/2014 10:50PM

    Wow! What an incredible workout and feast for the eyes! Love the canyon photos!

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MAVERICKDR 10/23/2014 10:44PM

    Those pictures reminded me of Journey To The Center Of The Earth. I'm glad you had such a good time. Too bad about tthe agony of da feet, though.

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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/23/2014 9:02PM

    Breathtaking pictures!! Bill I'm going to nag you about your toes though- give those piggies a rest and let them heal completely my dear! Glad they're improving. The places you hiked have been so amazing- thanks for sharing the journey. Big HUGS.

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IMIN2GENES 10/23/2014 8:24PM

    Wonderful photos! Looks like you had a fantastic time! The canyons are wonderful. Reminds me of the Badlands a little. Thanks for sharing your photos. Makes me want to go back again!

PS - I swear that shot of Horseshoe Bend was in the original Planet of the Apes...

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/23/2014 7:32PM

    Great photos, even if you did have to shoot some of them in a crowd. Take care of the feet though.

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KALISWALKER 10/23/2014 7:27PM

    Bill too funny, you are on the go so much you are running behind in your blogs. I look forward to your next one.

I love the pictures and it was Antelope Canyon I toured. You are a talented photographer.

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RAPUNZEL53 10/23/2014 7:00PM

  Nice!

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Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 3 Southern Utah

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

After I left Bryce Canyon, I left for Page, Arizona (on the Arizona-Utah border). As I drove, I made several more hikes along the road in Southern Utah. Close to Bryce Canyon, a hiked for a short period in Red Canyon, Utah. Here are a couple of pictures from that area:





On the way to my next hiking area, I took a few pictures along the roadway.





My next hike took me down a dirt road (supposedly county-maintained) to a place near the Paria River where some very old Westerns (directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne) were filmed. The road was very bad, but I was able to finally find a place to park and do some walking. Here are a couple of pictures from that area.





After I finished hiking around for an hour or so, I started to drive back. Unfortunately, my car got "wedged" on the road coming down a steep embankment!! I tried digging out the sand and rocks for about an hour when a German couple happened to come along. We used 2 jacks and jacked up the front of the car, putting rocks under the front tires. With this, I was finally able to get out! I was beginning to think I was going to have to pitch a tent for the evening. Oh well, no one can say my life is without adventure.

After that, I stopped at a place to hike to some "toadstool" formations. This was a beautiful hike with lots of great scenery. Here are a few pictures from that area.







After this, I continued on to Page, Arizona - the final destination of my trip. Since I'm leaving in another day for a 5-day camping and hiking trip with the local adventure club, I'll post the final installment of trip pictures when I return. They will feature a couple of great "slot" canyons and some incredible scenery from northern Arizona.

Take care, everyone!

  
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LINDAF49 12/4/2014 10:56PM

    Amazing adventures ...I could never do all this hiking with my medical issues but LOVE to see your pictures and know that others are enjoying our wonderfully beautiful country.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/24/2014 11:48AM

    I'm working my way backwards through your latest adventure.
Car trouble is my fear when traveling through that kind of terrain. I'm glad all turned out OK.

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IMIN2GENES 10/23/2014 8:25PM

    Love it! So beautiful!

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/17/2014 8:00PM

    The pictures were amazing! I imagine that they're more incredible in person. Glad you got help from that couple. It sounds like you were in a fairly remote area. No one can ever say you lived a boring life! lol Enjoy your upcoming trip!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/16/2014 11:26PM

    You sure do have a lot of adventures!!!! Love the photos.

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PICKIE98 10/16/2014 7:42PM

    Wow!! What an adventure you had! I love the pictures,,WHen I was in Phoenix visiting my cousin, we took the train trip through the mountains from Cottonwood. Nice scenery, but 100+ degree temps and the a/c was broken on the train.. I am glad you are there in cooler weather! !Cannot wait to see and hear about your next trip!!!

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KALISWALKER 10/16/2014 7:20PM

    Bill you pictures are amazing. Great that the Germans stopped to help you. Good planning that you had the tent just in case.

The toadstools here in Alberta are called hoodoos.

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/16/2014 2:26PM

    You sure are getting to some delightful places! I love all those erroded sandstone rock formations and am so pleased you are sharing your photos with us. Have you been to Garden of the Gods or Red rocks amphitheater in Colorado? Similar type, but of course, each is individual and different from the others. I hope your next outing is wonderful and I'll be looking forward to your next batch of photos!
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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/16/2014 12:25PM

    What a terrific trip and amazing pictures! This is the Arizona that's so beautiful. Thank goodness that couple came along and helped- that would have been a bit worrisome to become stranded. You would have been fine but it would have been a bigger bump in the road that expected for sure. You're keeping in great shape with all of this hiking! Jim is missing his hiking group and the twice weekly hikes. Take care and have fun on the next one. emoticon

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TERRACOTTAGE 10/16/2014 10:27AM

    Oh Boy... when looking at the last few photo's, I thought I heard The William Tell Overture in the background... with Clayton Moore galloping around the rocks, rearing his awesome horse and waving his white hat, yelling "HI-HOOOOO SILVER... AND AWAY"... did you hear that too? Thanks for the memories... what a great hiking spot. emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 10/16/2014 8:52AM

    So beautiful! You are really hitting some fantastic places. Quite the "adventure" with the car, too! I look forward to seeing more pics. Have fun on your hiking trip coming up! emoticon

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JUSTME29 10/16/2014 8:50AM

    I'm glad you got some help to get your car out safely. Some of those roads are pretty deserted.

When I was a kid my dad did a lot of work in Kanab, Utah (a little over an hour from Page) and mom and I joined him a few times. That part of the country is absolutely beautiful, but it can be brutal too. Still, of all the places I've visited Bryce and Zion Canyons are two of my favorites.

I know my page is a little difficult right now, after Halloween I'll be changing the color scheme.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/16/2014 7:31AM

    More great pictures Bill. (plus added adventure with the car mishap). Enjoy your upcoming hike.

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FUNLOVEN 10/16/2014 7:28AM

    The colors and rock formations remind me of the trip I and DH took through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forrest in northern Arizona. Also, the Badlands of South Dakota have similar "hills". The wonder of it all is amazing!

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LYNCHD05 10/16/2014 12:43AM

    These are wonderful pictures Bill. You are having such a wonderful time. Enjoy the rest of your trip. You are right....it sure is not boring!!!

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Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 2, Bryce Canyon

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

After 2 days of great hiking with my son and his family in the Grand Tetons, I headed on to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. I spent 2 days hiking there (about 19 miles total) in some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever been around. These hikes were very demanding as the trails were continually going up and down. In one stretch, there was a 1,000 foot gain in elevation in less than a mile. Although strenuous, I could have spent another several days exploring the beauty of the place. Here are some of my better pictures of the park:

























In my next blog, I will show pictures taken during my hikes in other parts of southern Utah on my way to Page, Arizona.

  
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LINDAF49 12/4/2014 10:54PM

    Beautiful but the Tetons are my heart's cry and delight.


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FLYCHRISTI 10/28/2014 2:28PM

    Wonderful! It is like painting. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/24/2014 11:50AM

    So gorgeous. The only way to see sites like that is on foot, or having a spark friend like you show them too us.



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IMIN2GENES 10/23/2014 8:27PM

    Okay, I am SO ready to go back!

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/17/2014 6:02AM

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful!! You took some really great pictures! These pics make me miss my home state of Colorado. I've never been to Utah but several of my family members meet somewhere near there. Perhaps next year I'll be able to go with them. Thank you for posting your awesome pictures! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/16/2014 11:19PM

    Bill, these pictures are gorgeous!!!! What breath taking scenery!!!

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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/16/2014 12:47PM

    Gorgeous!! So glad you posted. emoticon Your family is awesome.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/16/2014 8:48AM

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JUSTME29 10/16/2014 12:56AM

    It is such and amazing place. Have you been to Zion?

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LYNCHD05 10/16/2014 12:45AM

    I have never been there but these pictures sure make me want to go. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/15/2014 7:44PM

    Magnificent photis of an extraordinary place. THANK YOU so very much for sharing with us! I am delighted you got to go there.
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MISSM66 10/15/2014 7:37PM

    I love that place,I was there Three years ago and I did not want to leave,awesome pictures emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 10/15/2014 4:14PM

    Bill your pictures are amazing!

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TERRACOTTAGE 10/15/2014 2:27PM

    Thanks for the arm chair tour... I'd rather of been there too. What beauty... breath-taking for sure. emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 10/15/2014 1:26PM

    Bryce Canyon is so beautiful. Bill and I visited there, but I would surely enjoy going back to see that beauty. I am so glad you had such a wonderful trip. Thank you again for sharing your picture and vacation with your spark friends!

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BA5454 10/15/2014 1:26PM

    We hit Bryce after a whirlwind tour of Arches and Zion and we were pretty tapped out by then--will have go back there someday to do some hiking. Great pics--hoodoo's?

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JAMIRBLAZE 10/15/2014 12:58PM

    Lovely pictures! Bryce is one of my favorites, and I can't wait to get back there again.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/15/2014 11:24AM

    You got beautiful shots! Utah is one of my favorite states for the beauty there

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/15/2014 10:36AM

    Just beautiful. Your pictures are just georgeous, the sky is so blue. Makes me want to go back. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 10/15/2014 10:13AM

    WoW!!Beautiful!! Perfect time of the year to do it too! Cooler and less crowded!! Thank you so much for sharing it..I will have to post some from our vacation now...

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/15/2014 9:48AM

    Breathtakingly beautiful!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/15/2014 9:48AM

    Great photos to start my day

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Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 1, Grand Tetons

Monday, October 13, 2014

I just got back from a fantastic 2-week hiking vacation in Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona. Today I'll share some of the stories and pictures from the first stop - Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming. I met my son and his family there for a few days of challenging hikes.

The first day it rained very hard, so it wasn't good for scenery pictures. We went on two 5-mile hikes, however, and got some great wildlife pictures. Here are a few of the better ones:









None of the above pictures were taken with a very long lens. The bear, in particular, just popped up about 30' in front of us! After looking at us for a few seconds, it took off. What a day for wildlife viewing!!

The next day, we (myself, my son, his wife, and my 7-year old and 5-year old grandsons)planned to do a 20-mile hike. It was supposed to snow in the morning, but warm up and get clear in the afternoon. We all trained for this hike all summer. It's too bad the weather forecasting wasn't a little more accurate. We had mostly snow and cold all day. My step-daughter and her youngest child turned around after 7 miles (for a 14-mile hike), while my son, the 7-year old grandson, and I continued on to Lake Solitude. Below are some of the pictures from that hike:












Here is my son and grandson at the destination - Lake Solitude.



On the way back, my grandson made it fine until the last 5 miles are so. His feet were so bruised from the hike that my son had to carry him over the rocky areas from then on. We started at daylight and finished at dusk, but what a hike!! We were prepared, though, - I even had flashlights in my pack in case we didn't get back by dark.

The next day, the weather cleared off as I was about to head out to Bryce Canyon in Utah. Before I left, I took a few more pictures.









On my next blog, I'll show some of the scenery at Bryce Canyon!

  
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LINDAF49 12/4/2014 10:52PM

    I'm late seeing your adventures...not on Sparks much any more and try to make notes with my teams but not accomplishing with computer conflicts hat have been constant. Bill, I am delighted at your hiking and family adventure...looking forward to reading the other blogs. Good always to hear your good life and positive happenings.

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FLYCHRISTI 10/28/2014 2:35PM

    The perfect hike! I am jealous.
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IMEMINE1 10/26/2014 6:23PM

    What an awesome adventure you are having. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/24/2014 11:53AM

    Again, the photos are remarkably beautiful. That's one tough grandson you've got. It must run in the family. I love this.

Edit: Is it the angle or is that one BIG bear?

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IMIN2GENES 10/23/2014 8:28PM

    What a day! Sunshine and snow all in one! Love the pic of you and your grandson. What cuties!

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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/16/2014 12:44PM

    Fabulous my dear!! Thanks for sharing. So happy you did this trip. emoticon

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LYNCHD05 10/16/2014 12:48AM

    Beautiful....and your family is in awesome shape to be able to,hike for that long. Wow!!! I am impressed....

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BARBIE176 10/15/2014 1:24PM

    Wow, what a beautiful place to visit. Thank you for sharing your pictures and your trip with us. I am sorry the weather didn't cooperate as much as you might have liked, but it sounds like you still had an amazing trip!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/15/2014 1:23PM

    Oh goodness, I just had to see if there were more and to my surprise! My hubby and I went to Yellowstone some years ago, we did not have a chance to stop at the Tetons. We sure missed a lot. He wanted to see a Moose. I will have to show him your picture. We will have to return!! Again just emoticon

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GAILSMAILS 10/14/2014 10:08PM

    Fabulous pictures! What a great thing to do! The Tetons are so beautiful. So glad you had a great trip!

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BA5454 10/14/2014 6:35PM

    Gorgeous pics! Have been to the Tetons a few times, but have never hiked there--sounds like a wonderful time (hm, despite the snow).

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/14/2014 3:54PM

    Wowee-Zowee! You sure have been doing it up right! Gorgeous pictures - and so glad that bear decided to go in another direction. Bryce Canyon is a place I plan to go soon, so I look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing your tales of adventure! Continue having fun!
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MAVERICKDR 10/14/2014 1:59PM

    It sounds like you had a good time and made some wonderful memories. Very nice pics.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/14/2014 9:26AM

    You, your son and grandson are so inspiring and so is that gorgeous park - I love the Grand Tetons! Stunning pictures - can't wait to see your next blog

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TERRACOTTAGE 10/14/2014 8:49AM

    emoticon Wow, great photos. That was some hike you guys did. Bears and Moose in the Fall can be a handful. Glad you were not attacked. I lived 8 years in N. Ontario... and the stories I've heard about them in the Fall are not pleasant. Time to soak those feet... emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 10/14/2014 8:32AM

    A 20 mile hike! ! ! My feet are hurting just thinking about it. You took some beautiful pictures and there will be memories for a lifetime especially for your grandchildren. Can't wait to see Part 2.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/14/2014 6:15AM

    Wowie zowie!! I am officially very JEALOUS. Even with the snow I would love to go on that hike (except for the bear). Have you ever seen a bear before? I heard about the snow from the news - it's different when you see it. I'll bet it's really different when you're in it. Can't wait to see the rest of the pics. emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/14/2014 6:05AM

    Beautiful photos, amazing hike. Looking forward to next installment.

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/14/2014 4:27AM

    Wow! Beautiful pictures and what a hike!! Glad that bear decided to take off! I'm really looking forward to seeing your other pictures.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/14/2014 12:40AM

    Wow, great photos!!!! That was some hike

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JUSTME29 10/13/2014 11:36PM

    Wow - beautiful, but what a hike. Bryce Canyon is amazing, I'm looking forward to your pictures.

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Not a Good Week at the Ranch...

Friday, August 29, 2014

What a week! I went to the ranch this week to get in three days of work. When I arrived, I discovered that lightning had burned up my cell signal booster, my DirecTV receiver, my DVD player, my television, and my coffee pot. And that was with the power off at the breaker box! In addition, hogs had destroyed one of my gates on the property and mice had decided to use the air intake system on my Kawasaki Mule as a storage for corn.

So in addition to fixing the things I could, I cleared brush for 4 hours, put 1,000 pounds of feed in feeders, spent 8 hours mortaring stone under the cabin, and spent 4 hours participating in a night-time spotlight survey of the deer along 21 miles of road to help determine the average deer population on the overall ranch this year. If that wasn't enough, we were notified by the county than an Anthrax breakout has killed 68 deer so far (and that's only the ones found by people!). Not a good week, and I am tired. At least I got a lot of fitness minutes in...

  
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SLIMMERJESSE 10/13/2014 11:27PM

    What stunning photos! Thanks for sharing them. Sorry to hear of the losses and destruction.

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BEVIEANN 9/14/2014 10:58PM

    sorry to hear of all your losses... what a lot of work you had to contend with ... hard to have something like this hit you when you donèt expect it... glad you werenèt there when you cabin got hit.. could have been much worse. Hope that you are able to get it all taken care of soon.. you sure put in a lot of work while you were there

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/2/2014 9:33AM

    Sorry to hear about all of that destruction!

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IGNITEME101 9/1/2014 8:33PM

    wow How was the electrical stuff destroyed if the outlet was off? Who would even know that was possible?


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FITKAT62 9/1/2014 7:04PM

    With regards to the fried electronics, I would think of it as a sign that I should be working or exercising instead of watching tv.

Hope this week is better.

Kathy

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/1/2014 11:34AM

    Wow, that is a lot of bad stuff at once, but I admit I'm a little relieved that it doesn't involve injury or a health situation. All the other stuff can be fixed.

We lost our garage door opener to lightning recently. Very strange to have it strike that.

1000 pounds of feed! That qualifies as weight training for sure,

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IMEMINE1 9/1/2014 6:10AM

    Sorry to hear about all the problems you ran into.
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LYNCHD05 8/31/2014 7:48PM

    My goodness that is an awful lot of unexpected work and to say nothing about the expense of replacing everything. You must be in excellent condition to manage all that. I hope the rest of the weekend has gone better.

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/31/2014 7:12PM

    Wow, I'm sorry to hear about all of the damage the lightning did. Thankfully you had the strength and stamina do get all of that work done. I had no idea that anthrax affected deer. I hope the next time you get out to the ranch you will not have so much unexpected work.

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LIVEDAILY 8/31/2014 4:05PM

    Wow! Yes, it IS awesome that you got a ton of fitness minutes in, but I am so sorry that lightning hit your cabin and destroyed so much! Thank goodness the cabin didn't burn down!! All of those things can be replaced/repaired. Hogs? As in the infamous wild hogs of Texas?? Thems scary critters! (saw a animal planet show on them once) And on top of everything else...Anthrax?! Good heavens! How do you protect yourself against that?? Hope this weekend you get some much needed rest!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/30/2014 11:37PM

    Wow, sorry to hear about the lightening damage!!! I wasn't aware that deer were affected by anthrax. You sure did get a lot of exercise though!!!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/30/2014 2:09PM

    emoticon emoticon I know what is like to get hit by lightning. I couple years ago our farm got a direct hit and we lost TV sets, receivers, washer, dryer, battery charger, garage door openers and A lot more small appliances, even blew all the fuses for the waterers for the livestock, we turned it in to our insurance but our deductible is so high they wouldn't cover anything. Our farm insurance has gotten so high that we have to keep raising the deductible to be able to cover the cost. It took us a few days to find all the things it had messed up. Hope you get everything fixed.

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CAROLJ35 8/30/2014 12:19PM

    They say the Lord never gives us more than we can handle, but sometimes you wonder. So sorry for all of those problems. At least you did have shelter.
Never heard of the anthrax among deer, will have to research that.
Hope things start looking up for you!

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BARBIE176 8/30/2014 11:59AM

    What a shock to arrive at the ranch too. I am sorry for the unexpected extra work you were required to do, but I am glad you found a bright side in the activity you were able to put in.

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SANDISOCAROLINA 8/30/2014 11:31AM

    OMGosh that must have been a terrible shock to come upon all of that. Thank God you were not THERE when the lightening hit or it could have turned out worse for you. Glad you are not posting from a hospital!! Sounds like a lot going on with the critters in all ways. Good heavens put your feet up and rest awhile. Take care.

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JUSTME29 8/30/2014 9:28AM

    Woiw - what a shock you were in for. I hope in your time there you were able to fix the most urgent problems and make a plan for the rest. I didn't even realize deer got anthrax. It's not that I assumed they were immune, I guess it's that I never really thought about it - I hear Anthrax and think cattle.

When will you have time to head back out the the ranch again?

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TERRACOTTAGE 8/30/2014 7:43AM

    Hope you have a better weekend... emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 8/30/2014 7:11AM

    Nature!!! Has a lot of power through big and little instruments. My husband just bought me a chain saw of my own. I wish I could have been there to help you clear brush. That anthrax is scary. Can it spread to domestic animals? I hope you get a well deserved rest.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 8/30/2014 6:32AM

    A work-out indeed. I probably could have managed without the electronics with the exception of the coffee pot. Sorry to hear about the deer scare. Here in northern Michigan we've had a few deer affected by disease but cases have been very scattered. Hope you get rested up this weekend.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/30/2014 12:37AM

    On the bright side, at least the place didn't burn down.

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/29/2014 11:58PM

    That's a whole lot of work to take care of. Thank goodness you found the strength to work through all this so well. Sorry to hear about your losses. You're becoming a miracle worker of sorts. Good work!

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