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1/14/13 1:30 A

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Through Clifton at 343. and onto Rifle, Colorado AT 396. Then to Glenwood Springs at 422. These are all small towns with beautiful landscapes. 469, Edwards, Colorado. The landscape is gradually changing from the high desert look to the more Alpine feel of the Rocky Mountains. Vail Colorado at mile 482 is one of the premier ski resorts of the United States. It has an other-worldly European feeling to it. Gorgeous.

On through Frisco, 508 miles, and F Silverthorne, 512 miles. They are all tiny towns set in the beautiful mountains of the Continental Divide.

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1/14/13 12:49 A

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Well, my total mileage for 2012 got pooled into my all around total mileage when I wasn't looking. So now I have 511 miles, so I guess I will use all of those towards getting to Denver.
My next stop is Grand Junction. It is on the junction of the Colorado (once call Grand) Rivers and Gunnison Rivers. It is the largest city in western Colorado, and an important trade area. It has a very impressive National Monument near by. From the pictures, I would love to see it. I looks a lot like the Southern Utah landscape I know and love--arches, hoo-doos, mesas--only not as red. This is a town that I have heard about most of my life. It is not quite twice as big as my home town, and it is a place I really would like to go in real life.

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10/17/12 1:50 A

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I crossed the Utah-Colorado border last week at 305 miles. Now I am at 310. My next goal is Grand Junction at 331. I think there are probably some other small towns before I get there though.

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9/10/12 12:02 A

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Wow! I walked right passed my next checkpoint without even noticing! about 6.5 miles ago, I passed the turn off to Moab, Arches NP, and Canyonlands. These are all Red Rock Meccas. Moab, especially has made big business of mountain biking and hiking and they have a lot of tourist. Groups that haunt Moab include a number of writers. Robert Fulghum had a home there at one time (maybe he still does).

The next goal is a big one! Reach the Colorado/Utah border. That will happen at mile 305. Then I will definitely be in uncharted territory, because I've only driven through Colorado one time when I was a teenager and my family was on their way back home to Utah after a trip to see my uncle and his family in Wisconsin. At this point, my trips to Wikipedia to find out about where I'm going will become more intense.

Edited by: LARKSONGRUTH at: 9/10/2012 (01:12)
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8/11/12 2:55 P

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Thank you Southpondcamp for stopping by for a visit. It was fun to hear about your virtual journeys,

Yesterday I made it to Green River Utah--235 miles from Cedar City. This is a small farming community famous for its delicious watermelons and great fishing. I learned that Green River began as a station for the US mail and a ferry and stopover. It became a fairly important railroad stop until most of that business moved to Helper, Utah, where my husband taught school. It still has Amtrak trains that stop there on the route between Chicago and Emeryville, California. The population was listed at not quite 1000 people.

Next check-in: The turn-off to Moab, Canyonland, and Arches National Monument.

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7/24/12 9:58 A

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I love this! I'm doing the same thing using map my walk. I'm a little over 900 miles into my walk and have been choosing destinations based on family and friends! I walked up to south pond camp (the real one!), then to Lake Placid where my wedding will be in a few weeks, the over to new hampshire, maine, boston, back home, visited my best friend in NJ....and now I'm heading to Ithaca NY!

I find it really motivating to see how far my daily exercise takes me over time...each day isn't too far....but the aggregate is really cool to see!

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. --MLK

Suck it up Princess! From a former sparker. Miss you crazy Canadian girl!


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7/11/12 1:12 A

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I hit 203.16 miles today, which means sometime during my walk, I reached my first 201.2 marker.I am pretty much in the middle of nowhere on 1-70. Looking at the map, the nearest landmarks seem to be Cedar Mountain Recreation Area to the North and Goblin Valley to the South. IN about 20 miles, I will reach UT-24 which will backtrack down to Goblin Valley. My next goal is Green River in about 32 miles. (235 passes near the heart of town with exits on either side)

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6/12/12 11:52 P

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166 miles. I have just passed the turn onto SR-10 which crosses over the beautiful San Rafael Swell, and connects a number of small communities in Emery and Carbon counties. The swell is more purple-y rock. There are a lot of Indian petroglyphs in the area. The area is replete with power plants because this is coal country. A large percentage of the residents work in the coal mines or at the power plants. One of these power plants near the freeway looks like a ferry boat at night--all lit up and float on an ocean of darkness. My husband and I lived in Huntington, and Price along this highway, and he worked in Helper when we were first married.

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6/2/12 2:56 P

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I hit 150 miles today. In my virtual journey, I am a bit in the middle of nowhere. I would be traveling through the Manti-LaSal Forest--the forest where Fish Lake is actually located. Utah Forest are interesting. They are usually pine mingled with juniper or aspen groves. The aspen is usually more in the mid-range mountains were it is cooler and moister. Thes are not like the old growth or hardwood forests that one usually associates with the word forest. Maybe someone from an area like this might have a hard time even recognizing that they were in a forest. But they are beautiful oases in our desert landscape.

I-70 runs through a beautiful mix of forest and red rock desert country. The next stop off will be the turn off into the San Rafael Swell country--Utah state Route 10 towards Emery and Carbon Counties.

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5/16/12 11:49 P

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I reached Salina today 133 miles. Salina is named for the abundant salt deposits in the area. A nearby CCC camp made improvements to the area and its recreation sites during the depression.

Next milestone 165 miles--Rt 10 turnoff.


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5/2/12 2:33 P

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I reached Richfield today at 114 miles. It's not far from Elsinore, but important to note because it is one of the bigger cities on the Utah stretch of I-70. It is said to be the halfway point between Los Angeles and Denver, so it attracts a lot of overnight business.

Our drive from Cove Fort to Richfield has taken us through Fish Lake National Forest. Strangely enough, Fish Lake is not actually in the Fish Lake National Forest, but the Manti-La Sal National Forest which we will be coming to around Salina

Jake Garn, US senator and first senator in space was born in Richfield. As was Walter Fredrick Morrison, the inventor of the frisbee.

Next checking points: Salina 133 miles, St. Route 10 (to Ferron, Huntington, Price etc) 165 miles.

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4/27/12 2:21 P

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I now have 108 miles, and today I passed Elsinore. This is a very small town in Utah where a lot of great people I have known come from. It was settled mainly by Danish settlers and first named Little Denmark, but later was "named after Kronborg Castle, known as Elsinore in Hamlet." (Wikipedia). Wikipedia also tells the story of the town library which was started by a 10 year old boy in 1980. It's first home was in the basement of the public school, and the boy, Jason Hardman, became the youngest librarian in the United States. It started with 1000 books, mostly donated, and 5 years later, the collection had grown to 17,000.



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4/17/12 3:53 P

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This weekend snow covered pretty much the entire state of Utah, but Beaver made the news because of the large number of accidents on I-15 in that area. (This is real life, not my virtual trip). Most were single cars that slid off the road. They didn't list any fatalities or critical injuries, but they did show pictures of lots of damaged cars being towed away.

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4/8/12 2:21 A

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This week I reached Cove Fort. This is 78.6 miles from Cedar City. It seemed fitting that in February and March I had lots of troubles with snow because Beaver to Cove Fort is usually one of the snowiest, most hazardous places on I-15 during the winter months. I have been through many storms in this area. This is probably due to the mountainous nature of the area. The road is very winding and twisty as you near Cove Fort, so the speed limit drops here.

Cove Fort is a really interesting pioneer outpost. It because a way station where many people stayed as they traveled. The fort has been restored and is a visitors' center where you can take a tour and see people in period dress of the late 1800's. The guides provide demonstrations at a working blacksmithy, and the huge barn and old guest rooms are really fun to visit. Highlights are the kitchen and dinning area where many guests were feed, and the old telegraph room. This is where I saw my first wet-cell battery. I couldn't believe how big the jars containing acid were. These jars produced the electricity which ran this early telegraph. This is far distant from our tiny little cellphones with their compact batteries and ability to call anywhere in the country from most other places. If you get this way, it will be truly worth your time to visit Cove Fort.

Just a bit south of Cove Fort, I am turning east on 1-70. This part of the highway I used to drive all the time when I lived in Price, Utah. But it has been about twenty years since I drove this amazing road. Elsinore, Utah is in 29 miles, (107 from Cedar) and the next major stop is in 36 miles (114) in Richfield Utah.

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3/3/12 7:31 P

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I finally "made it" to Beaver, Utah today--that is to say that I have walked 53 miles. The area around Beaver is quite mountainous. There is a small ski resort near the town. Beaver claims to have the country's best drinking water. They also have a dairy and cheese factory, so it is a good place to pick up some squeaky curds for the road. I thought it was a bit ironic that I would be slowed from walking by so much snow last month. The area just north of Beaver is one of the places on the Southern Utah end of I-15 where you are likely to encounter blizzard condition in the wintertime.

I am making most of this walking trip with my dog Shadow. Onto our next stop, Cove Fort. The mile marker will be 76.8 miles. At Cove Fort, I will turn east onto I-70. 1-70 runs from Baltimore, Maryland to Cove Fort Utah. My aunt has seen the other end of this road, and she tells me there is a road sign there giving the mileage to Cove Fort. This is amazing considering that Cove Fort is a very tiny little farming community built around a pioneer fort. the total length of the road is 2153 miles. But I am only going to Denver.

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2/2/12 7:04 A

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I have driven this portion you are talking about when I go from my home in AZ to my parents house in ID. your words paint a beautiful picture for those who have never been there.
I love this whole concept of sharing the journey with others

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1/29/12 1:26 P

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I started highlighting my journey in my road atlas today. I thought my 28.5 miles would be such a drop in the bucket that it really wouldn't look like much. I was excited to find that I had past Summit, Enoch, Parowan, and Paragonah and was over halfway to Beaver, somewhere in the middle of the Buckhorn Flat. I will describe the two largest settlements.

To start out, I want to say a little about Cedar City, my beautiful home town. It is on a plateau with an elevation about 6000 feet. This gives it a delightful, moderate climate, even though it is in the middle of the Great Basin desert. It is the largest city in Iron County, and is home to the Southern Utah University, Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Niel Simon Theater Festival, and the Utah Summer Games. It was settled by Mormon Pioneers in 1851 by settlers from Parowan.

Parowan is the oldest city in Southern Utah, and it is the county seat for Iron County, Utah. It was first settled in 1851. Near Parowan is a natural cut in the rocks that has been used by first Fremont Indians, and then Paiute Indians for centuries as a sacred place. It is filled with petroglyphs, and it is positioned so that the sun comes through it exactly at the summer solstice. Parowan was settled by Mormon Pioneers. Recently, archaeologists excavated the site of an old pottery works. There was considerable interest in the site because the family who ran it were from England and had brought with them knowledge about some unique pottery techniques.

There are farms and ranches over much of the desert here. They have to be irrigated. The I-15 corridor passes through a beautiful series of valleys. To the east are the red rocks of the plateau. To the west are blue hills. This area has easy access to Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, and Zion Canyon. There is also a ski resort at Brian Head that is accessible from both Cedar Canyon and Parowan Canyon. The hills above us are a gorgeous mixture of Red Rock, and pine forests. The Dixie National Forest is in this area. There is also a ranch up the mountain where the original "My Friend Flicka" was filmed, as well as a number of other movies.

Edited by: LARKSONGRUTH at: 1/29/2012 (13:29)
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