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2014 Utah: Robbers Roost II
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Robber's Roost Canyon, Utah
April 2014

Mike & Fred Near Mindbender Fork Junction

In 2011, the Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers made a trip to Robber's Roost Canyon near Hanksville, Utah. Because of limited time, we were not able to explore the upper reaches of the canyon and only made it as far as the mouth of White Roost Canyon. The photo album of that trip can be found HERE. At the time I regretted that I probably would never get the chance of a return trip, as opportunities are limited when you are approaching 70 years of age.

But this year, as I was looking for a Utah trip that would allow dogs as well as a large group, the idea of returning to Robber's Roost Canyon was appealing as both were allowed. However, I didn't want to redo our 2011 trip by entering the mouth of the canyon via the Dirty Devil. In 2011, the rest of the group went up the White Roost and found what is called the “White Roost Exit”. I thought that if we could enter the canyon by using this exit, we could explore the upper reaches of Robber's Roost that we were not able to do in 2011.

Robber's Roost Canyon gets its name from the legendary Wild Bunch gang that included the famous outlaws, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A history of the Wild Bunch and the Robber's Roost hideout can be found HERE.

After my two trips here, I must say that this canyon complex is probably my favorite of all the places we've hiked in Utah.

Somehow we were able to fit 10 people, one dog, and all our food and gear into two vehicles for the drive down to Utah (Fred drove up from New Mexico). I didn't think it could be done.

Note photos ending in "bill" are by Bill M; "mike" are by Mike Stong; and "Austin" by Austin Peckinpaugh.

Kickass Trekkers on this trip: Bill Mooseker, Gary Shively, Roger Shively, Kevin Shively, Fred Stong, Shelby Stong, Derek Stong, Mike Stong, David Brown, Austin Peckinpaugh, Danny Stallings, and Walter "The Wonder Dog".

The descriptions under the photo thumbnails in the album sometimes contain links to maps or additional information. These are identified by “Blue” text.

I've used the web mapping application, ACME Mapper 2.1, which uses Google Maps to show where certain photos in the album were taken or to locate features shown in the photos. Controls for ACME Mapper are described HERE. Basically, you can zoom in and out using the mouse wheel or drag the map by clicking and holding. If you hover your mouse cursor over a marker (red bubble on the map), a description of the marker will popup. You can also click the spinning globe in the bottom right corner to toggle the description box.

I've also prepared a Google Map of the trip with links to photos taken at or near the marked location. The map can be found HERE.

Troop 24 "Kickass Trekkers" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


Date(s): April 14-19, 2014. Album by Cascade Bill. 1 - 450 of 450 Total. 1704 Visits.
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Bill -- I am so impressed with your drive and stamina -- I hope some of that came from the Turner side and that it shows up in my life.  I look forward to visiting and hiking Utah, WY, and CA in my retirement.
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Almost into Utah, after a very long day(700 mi Lynnwood - Tremonton) in the Shelbymobile - Derek, Walter, Danny, and David. Mike and Shelby in the front seat.

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We got off to a pretty early start after spending the night at the Marble Motel in Tremonton, UT.  This is on US 6 between Price and I70.  You know you are getting close to I70 when you see that pointed peak at the end of the range.

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View from UT24 - You can see the Henry Mountainsin the distance to the left.  

I first travelled this road on the way to California in 1965.  I blew one of my retreads along this stretch and had to get a new tire in Hanksville for $55 (which is equivalent to $415 today)

Another one of my memories from 1965 along this stretch is of a Corvair (air cooled) on a very very hot day sitting along the road with it's hood (in the rear) up cooling down. My dad had a Corvair while I was in college.


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Before we hit the trail, we stopped for lunch at Blondies in Hanksville.  We've been stopping here for many years either coming or going.

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Shelby, David, and Kevin at Blondies waiting for their burgers.

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Austin and Danny at Blondies.

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Getting ready to drive from Hanksville to the trailhead.

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Route to the White Roost Trailhead (view at original size) from ACME Mapper 2.1. Map can be found HERE

Blondies and Hanksville are at the lower left.  Note that near Texas Hill, you leave the main road just after it turns east by turning south.  Shortly after the turn, the road goes through a ranch compound, just bear to the right.  After this the road becomes much rougher.


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Google Earth Image of Start of hike into White Roost Canyon. (View at Original Size).  You can see the parking area is quite a ways from Waypoint 01.  There is no parking at the start as there is only soft sand on either side of the one lane road. So we hiked down the road to Waypoint 01 and used the GPS to point us toward 02.

You can see that there is a possible trail between Waypoint 01 and 02.  While it was not obvious when we left the road, we soon found a path that got more evident as we progressed.


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This shows the remainder of the route into White Roost Canyon (View at Original Size). There was a good trail down to about Waypoint 10, where we followed cairns the rest of the way.

Note that at Waypoint 12a there was fairly steep slickrock that I found to be uncomfortable going down carrying a pack. Everyone else was fine though.


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After lunch, we backtracked about 16 miles north on UT24 and headed out about 25 miles over dirt roads to the Parking Area which was quite a ways from the actual "trailhead".

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Walter wonders what the holdup is. In fact it is hard to get all the gear and food stowed in your packs after travelling about 1100 miles.

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Packs on: David, Kevin, Gary, and Roger. 04/14/14 3:26 pdt

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Telephoto shot of Henry Mountains in the distance.

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After hiking down the road from the parking area to GPS waypoint 1, we head out over the mesa looking for the faint trail that could be seen on Google Earth - Fred, Kevin, and Mike. 04/14/14 at 3:45 pdt

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Bill, Kevin, Gary, and Fred - Note that the flat terrain has no landmarks to let you know where you are going.  Using Google Earth to load waypoints into a GPS helped a lot to get us going in the right direction.

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Heading across the flats - Shelby found some footprints that eventually become a trail.

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After topping a rise, the trail dips into a wash.  The canyon is now visible in the distance.

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Dropping into the wash.


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Getting closer.

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Off to the side, we can see the upper rim of the canyon which is capped by a hard brown layer with the pink navajo sandstone just below it.

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Rubble from the hard upper layer covers the navajo sandstone near the rim.

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It's hard to see where the canyon is from this vantage point.  You can see the guys are way ahead of the old men.

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Another view.

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The old men bring up the rear - Fred, Bill, and Gary.

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We can see that we are coming closer to the sandstone slickrock.

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At the end of the trail, we follow cairns across the slickrock. 04/14/14 3:46 pdt

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I had anticipated that we would follow the drainage down but we seem to be staying high.

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Bill negotiating the slickrock - view is looking back towards the canyon rim.

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Cairn - We came through the pass on the horizon just to the right of the cairn.

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The cairns lead us down this gully between two conical domes - the one on the right is not visible here.

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We can see the lower rim of White Roost as we come to the end of the Gully.

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Gary going down the gully

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Another view.

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At the end of the gully, we come to a steep section of slickrock.  You can see me at the top taking off my pack as I didn't feel comfortable coming down this stretch.  Danny (down by Walter) is coming up to take my pack.

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Derek and Walter on the Slickrock.

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Coming down the slickrock.  Note the other conical dome to the right of the photo.

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It's fairly flat at the bottom as we make our way around the big dome seen in the previous photos.

Note that when we got to this point, we found that there was another series of cairns that appeared to take a more northerly and moderate route.  We took that route when we left the canyon. 04/14/14 4:15 pdt


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Going around the big dome, the way leads down to a series of steps and landings that make the descent from here very easy - Bill Gary, and Roger.

You can see the cairn in the foreground - Note that Danny took my pack all the way to the bottom, which you can see to the left of the photo.


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Kevin and Roger going down the "Stairs"

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Gary and Fred go down the middle section of the descent.

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Gary and Roger on their way down the final ramp.

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Bill and Danny on the middle ramp.

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Danny rounding the turn for the next portion of the descent.

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Danny and Fred.

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The bottom is in sight.

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White Roost Canyon.

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Looking back at the side slot that you take to exit (or enter as we did) the White Roost. 04/14/14 4:32 pdt

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Walter trying on his "booties" to protect his feet from cactus spines.  These didn't last long as they came off and got wet and sandy going through the stream and would do more harm than good.

It was kind of funny to see him walk in them as he was prancing like a deer!!


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Close up of Walter.  I don't think he is too happy about the booties.

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We've lost the sun, but there is still lots of daylight left.  I had thought that this was as far as we were going to get, but it looked like we could get much farther down the canyon.

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Gary, Walter, Derek, Shelby, Danny, David, Fred, and Austin.

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Heading down canyon.

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Gary and Kevin - hard to get good photos with the dark and light sides of the canyon.

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Typical view of the way down the narrow upper section of the White Roost.

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Kevin and Gary.

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Looking up at the canyon rim.

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A narrow section of the canyon. 04/14/14 4:41 pdt

Location of photo is HERE.


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Hiking down the White Roost in a narrow section of the canyon.


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Bill finds a spot of sunlight. This is the same location as the previous photos.

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Bill
"Excellent photo!"
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Bill

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Bill heading down canyon.

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Gary & Kevin silhouetted in the shadow

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Kevin & Gary going over a side hill.

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White Roost opens up and there is a pretty well defined path, but there are a few spots that take some time to figure out the best way to go through or around an obstacle.

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Have to stay to the right and have some fancy footwork around this pool and hope that you don't get your feet wet.

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Another typical pool along the way down the White Roost.

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Same pool looking up canyon - Kevin and Gary coming down.

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Reflection in pool

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White Roost opens up even more the closer we get to the Junction with the main Robber's Roost.

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Plenty of water this year in the White Roost.

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View 1: Showing Shadows.

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View 2: Lighten previous photo - Derek is in the distance.

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Looking down Robber's Roost Canyon from the mouth of White Roost Canyon. 04/14/14 5:49 pdt

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Side canyon opposite our camp near the mouth of White Roost Canyon.

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Setting up camp - we camped here two nights in 2011.

Map location is HERE.


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Shelby & Derek putting up their tent.  Walter sans booties resting at left (a tired dog).

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It was a Subway Sandwich night, so we didn't have to prepare dinner.

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Another view of camp.

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This is really a great camp. We had a special treat as we had a lunar eclipse above the canyon walls a little after midnight.

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Sun setting on one of the typical Robber's Roost domes.

I've named the piers on top: the center one "Butch Cassidy" and the one on the left "The Sundance Kid".


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New Day 04/15/14 - meadow near camp.

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Looking toward the White Roost Junction just to the south of our camp.

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Getting ready to leave camp.

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Austin, Roger, Mike, Gary, & Kevin.

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Getting ready to leave Camp - 04/15/14 9:30 pdt


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Mike - Looking up canyon.  Dome (Butch Cassidy) is near the junction with the Middle Fork of Robber's Roost Canyon.

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Fred & Kevin heading up canyon.

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Bill & Kevin

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Bill

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Fred - Looking down canyon towards our previous night's camp.

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Getting close to the junction with the Middle Fork - just around the bend??

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Looking down canyon - We get another glimpse of the snow capped Henry Mtn's in the far distance.

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Canyon wall.

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Mouth of the Middle Fork is around the next bend to the right.  Note the distinctive Hoodoos atop the two domes at center.  See if you can find them in This Photo or in This One

From Left to right, I'm naming them "The Wild Bunch", Sundance Kid, and Butch Cassidy.  Click HERE for a map. Hover your mouse cursor over the markers for descriptions.


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Another view - Mike (at center), Gary and Roger behind bushes.

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Gary and Roger approaching the junction with the Middle Fork.

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Austin taking a break at the Middle Fork.

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Danny at the mouth of the Middle Fork (looking down the main R.R. Canyon) 04/15/14 10:05 pdt

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Mike at the mouth of the Middle Fork (view is looking up the Middle Fork).

ACME Mapper 2.1 Map HERE


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Danny, Bill, Roger, & Fred at the mouth of the Middle Fork.

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Bill taking a photo.

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Heading out after break.

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Bill & Fred - looking up canyon.

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Just above the mouth of Middle Fork.

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The main canyon jukes to the right - the side canyon just ahead is a dead ender.

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Almost to the side canyon - Fred and Danny to the left of photo.

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Getting close to the side canyon - Danny & Fred have caught up to the rest.  

Note the dark spot just to the left of the right side of the canyon for reference to the next photo.


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Dark spot from previous photo is at top left here - the main canyon has juked to the right (south).

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Around the next bend - note the wall at right in the previous photo

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I wanted to take a picture of the tiny purple flower, but I don't know how to get my camera in Macro mode.

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Rounding the bend.

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Looking back down canyon.  That's the "Wild Bunch" peaking out from the dome in the center.

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Derek and Walter taking the high road.

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Around the bend the "Moki Steps" exit comes into view.  This exit is used by canyoneers to complete the Mindbender canyon runs.

Info can be found HERE (click 'Exit' tab).


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Looking back to the last bend - Derek and Fred.

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Taking our Lunch break at the Moki Steps exit. 04/15/14 10:42 pdt.

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Kevin and Walter.  If anyone had beef jerky, he was Walter's best friend.

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Danny (reading a book as usual during breaks), Austin, Derek, David, Fred, Roger, & Bill.

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Lunch Break.

For map location CLICK HERE.


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Shelby and David try their luck at the Moki Steps.

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David making his way up.

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Where do I go now??

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Trying another route.

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They gave up as they felt that there was no way to get down safely after they had gotten up.  There are petroglyphs on the ledge above the steps that they wanted to see.

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Derek explores the alcove to the left of the Moki Steps.

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Derek, Kevin, and Walter.

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Interesting rock formation near the Moki Steps.

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Mike under the alcove near the Moki Steps.

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Mike - When climbers go up the Moki Steps they cross over the "bridge" at the top of the alcove and then climb to the upper canyon rim where they've left their car.

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Heading down - You can see the "bridge" more clearly in this view.

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Overall view of the Moki Steps.

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Shelby, David, Derek, and Bill.

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As usual, a card game is in progress.

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Looking up canyon from our lunch spot.

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Mike taking a photo.  This telephoto view shows the "Borg" like cube at the junction of the North Fork of R.R. (to the left) and the "Mindbender" fork (to the right).

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Walter taking a break.

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A single Claret Cup Cactus is in bloom (you can see that many others are on the brink.)  I think we are a week too early.

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Close up of Cactus Bloom.

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Looking back down canyon.  You can see the Moki Steps to the left of center and Sundance and the Wild Bunch in the far distance.  Mike and Fred are making their way up canyon. 04/15/14 11:58 pdt.

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Looking up the Mindbender fork with the Borg Cube to the left.

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Fred and Gary. Note the "Hat" dome to the right.  It is a prominent landmark as you make your way up the canyon.

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Fred pointing out a feature to Gary.

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South side of canyon near the junction.

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Approaching the junction the Borg Cube dominates the canyon.

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Close up view.

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We head into the North Fork, which appears to be much narrower than what we've been hiking through.

For Map Location - CLICK HERE.


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Another Claret Cup Cactus in bloom.

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Fred and Bill hiking up the dry sandy wash of the North Fork.

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Another shot.  You can see the "Hat" dome in the distance.

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No flowing water in the North Fork, but the sand is damp showing there is water flowing beneath the surface.

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view of the damp sand.

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Mike and Fred - a very nice view of the "Bear's Perch"

Map Location is HERE.


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Another shot.

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Looking back towards the junction - Gary is coming up thru loose sand.

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Finally, we find some water trickling over the sand.  Not knowing the water situation in the upper canyon (Kelsey's map shows that most of it is dry) we decide to camp here in a cottonwood grove atop a sandy outwash. 04/15/14 12:38 pdt.

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The stream has eroded a path beneath this ledge.

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View of overhang the creek has cut into the sandstone.

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The water ends in the sand in front of our camp.

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Cottonwood leaves in the sand.

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When Walter got to where we were camping he flopped down in the last trickle of water before it disappeared under the sand.

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It was still early in the day, but we decided to spend a leisurely afternoon in camp.

Camp Location is HERE.


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Looking back down Canyon from near our camp at the "Bear's Perch".

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Telephoto view.

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Camp life - note the "rugged" Ozark Trail (Walmart) tent - it had a special flap that would let you pass an extension cord into the tent.  It also had a note that warned you to vacate all personnel and valuables from the tent in inclement weather!!

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After we had been in camp awhile, the water flow seemed to be slowing down.  Shelby decided to dig out a hole so that we could dip water without getting a lot of sand in it.

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Bill is checking the construction with an Engineer's eye.

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Doesn't look good.

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We saw these three dark areas on the cliff behind our camp and were wondering if they were nests, but if you enlarge the picture you can see that they are very hardy plants taking root.

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David checking out the cliff.

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The "Nest" area is to the right.

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A view of the "Nest" area a little ways up canyon from our camp.

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This meadow is just up canyon from our camp.

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There was a nice grassy bench above our camp, which was a nice place to pitch our tents - Here Derek is pitching his tent.

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General Mayhem of camp.

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You can see the water flow has almost stopped in front of our camp.

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At least the water in Shelby's pool has cleared somewhat - but the lack of flow is worrysome

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I take some time to read my book in the afternoon sun.

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Walter taking a "sand" bath.

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Campfire time.

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Another card came ensues.

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You got to know when to fold 'em.

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The action continues - Fred, Austin, Danny, and Roger with Kevin, Derek, and Shelby kibitzing.


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View from camp.

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Late afternoon from camp looking up canyon.

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Flow has dried up in stream, but our dipping pool looks good.

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There is still some flow up canyon from our camp.

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Chicken Dumplings tonight!  Shelby and Roger team up again for a perfect meal - no burned pans and the dump was perfect.

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Shelby inherited the job from Danny when we had a flameup on one of the Dragonfly stoves.

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Camp life.

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View from Mike's tent.

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New Day - 04/16/14 9:40 pdt
Canyon above camp - a lot of bushwacking through brush.  We decided to day hike the upper North Fork and then on our return, head back down canyon and go up the Mindbender fork.


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Heading up canyon along a nice undercut.

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Shelby, David, Derek, & Austin.

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Looking up canyon from the previous photo.

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Walter: "What's holding you up!"
Doing a little "liquefaction" by pumping the sand.


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Shelby with his "Hillbilly" grass.

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Austin and Walter get into the act.

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Getting into the upper Canyon - the walls narrow in.

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Bill approaching the pouroff pool.

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This was a very scenic part of the canyon.

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Coming up to a pouroff pool - there was still a lot of water flowing in the canyon, but we still hadn't come upon any suitable campsites, so it looks like it was a good decision to camp where we did.

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Pouroff Pool. 04/16/14 9:58 pdt.

Map location is Here.


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Fred - This is to left of the pouroff pool.

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A very beautiful spot, but on this rather cool morning you weren't tempted to take a dip.

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Shelby & David.

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Austin, Shelby, David, Derek, and Kevin - Hillbilly grasses are getting longer.

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???

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Roger & Gary approaching pouroff pool.

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Looking down canyon from pool.

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Checking out the pool from upstream end.

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Fred & I were still ahead of the rest of the group as we had started earlier. - another overhanging alcove.

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Fred & I investigated this side canyon - doesn't look like you can go up it.

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Here is a nice pool in the wash.  I was surprised by the amount of water in the upper canyon.

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Mouth of the "Crack".  Fred and I started up this and were soon joined by Walter.

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Austin and Derek weren't far behind Walter.

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Our progress up the side canyon was disrupted by a deep pool of water.

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We built a step from rocks that were handy and with Shelby pulling and Roger and David giving me a shove from behind, I was able to get over the hump.

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Success!

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By climbing up and around we were able to avoid the pool.

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It wasn't too long before we came to the end of the easy part of the Crack.  Shelby has already started to climb up the chimney to the next level. 04/16/14 10:42 pdt.

Map location for this spot as well as the entrance of the side canyon is HERE.


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Shelby climbing the chimney.

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Getting higher as Derek looks on.

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Right next to the chimney that Shelby was going up there is another side canyon coming in with this "waterfall" and a pothole above.

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Looking up above the pothole.

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David gives it a try.

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This was a no go.  Very beautifully sculpted rocks though.

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Bill getting his maps out.

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Where do we go next?

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In Michael Kelsey's book, he has a nice picture of the "Crack", and I was a little disappointed that the slot portion of the canyon was not a "walk in" but a "climb in".

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For this trip, I used printouts of Google Earth screenshots as maps as they gave much more detail than the topo maps.

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David decides to follow Shelby up into the Crack.

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Kevin after thinking about following, decides to play it safe.

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Mike - Looking down canyon.

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Close up of Mike.

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Mike showing the effects of sculpting by wind and water.

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Looking along the canyon wall.

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Looking towards the mouth of the canyon.

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Interesting rock formation.

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Looking back toward the end of the walkable stretch, you can see the scale of the canyon if you enlarge the photo to see Roger and Gary.

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looking towards the mouth of the canyon.

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At one point I heard yelling in the distance.  When I looked up I could see Shelby on top of the Canyon rim.  It had taken him about 20 minutes to get to the top.  You can see him if you look closely.

04/16/14 11:11 pdt.


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Telephoto of Shelby on top.

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Heading out.

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Fred taking a break.

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Fred's siesta.

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The next side canyon is known as the Partner Climb exit, and this is it's mouth at the main canyon.

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Fred at the PCE canyon mouth.

Map location is HERE.


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Fred and Bill.

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Looking into the PCE - it is a climb from the start.

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Kevin gives it a go.  It is called the Partner Climb exit as you need a partner to boost you up out of a pothole and then to pull your partner up.

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We continued up canyon and went up the next fork as far as we could easily go until we came onto this boulder fall blocking our way. If you enlarge the photo you can see Kevin up at the boulders.  Fred and Mike in the foreground.

Our location is HERE.


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We saw a lot of these flowers along our hike.

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Pale Evening Primrose.

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Close up.

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Fred at our last side canyon.

Location HERE.


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There was a pool at the base of this one.

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Looking down the main canyon as we come down from the entrance of the last side canyon.

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Mike and Fred heading back down the canyon after our last side canyon.


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This was as far as we went.

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Fred went up this little rise and saw Derek coming back.  He had gone up a little further than we had.
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Heading down canyon. I think that this was HERE.

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Derek at undercut in canyon wall.

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Derek

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Another shot of Derek.

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Fred.

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Bill.

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Bill as Gabby Hayes.

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Fred and Mike below the pouroff pool

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After getting back to camp we had lunch and hoisted our packs and headed down canyon. We can see the "Hat" dome and Sundance and the Wild bunch domes in the distance.

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At the mouth we turn left and go around the base of the Borg Cube in order to go up the Mindbender fork.

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Mike and Fred above the stream at the mouth of the North Fork R.R.

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Heading up Mindbender we come across this pouroff pool near the mouth of the canyon.

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Roger at pouroff pool.

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Heading up canyon it looks like we are going to hit a dead end but we take a sharp turn to the right beyond the cliff on the right.

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Looking back down canyon towards the "Hat" dome.

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Coming up to the bend in the canyon. We met two canyoneers who had done one of the Mindbender slots just before this spot.  They were the first people we had seen on our hike.

Location is HERE.


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Just around the bend aways.  Very scenic through here.

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The point ahead is at the junction of the two Mindbender forks.

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Heading up the Maybe Mindbender fork (just above the junction).  On the wall ahead it looks like a giant left his footprint.

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Giant's footprint.

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After another bend and some bushwhacking, we come to the Great Falls.

Map location is HERE.

"Would be spectacular if there had been a lot of recen..."
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You can see the slot above where the canyoneers rappel down. I don't think I'd like to hang on a rope from there.

A photo journal of the Maybe Mindbender slot is located HERE.


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Checking our the Great Falls.

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Video of the Great Falls.


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While it was a spectacular place and where we had planned to camp (per Kelsey's reference as a great camp spot), it was very damp and the sand was saturated and unappealing for a camp site.

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You can see that the wet sand went all the way to the side of the canyon.

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Looking down canyon from the Great Falls.

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Heading back down canyon.

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We kept looking for a good campsite but there were none in the upper canyon.

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We finally went all the way pack to the pouroff pool, and found a spot below it.  Here Derek is getting water.

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Derek getting water.

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Shelby experimenting with prickly pear cactus pads.  An experiment that went frightfully wrong.

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Setting up camp.

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view of camp from afar.

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Danny, Fred, and Bill

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More Camp.

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Chili Night - Shelby and Roger are chef's again.

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Looking up canyon from our cook spot.

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Unusual rock formation near camp.  David found one that looked like a dog bone with emerald colored marrow.  He was going to take it to the geology lab to see what it was.

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Another view.

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Pouroff pool

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Sunset approaches.

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Looking up canyon near our camp.

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telephoto view.

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Extreme telephoto.

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Looking down at our camp.

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Another view of our camp.

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You can see the pouroff pool to the right of our camp.

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Campfire at Camp 3.

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Campfire Tales.

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New Day 04/17/14

Leaving camp 8:57 pdt. Sundance and the Wild Bunch dome in the distance.


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Heading down the main canyon - I completely missed the Moki Steps, which are one bend back - I thought I was still in the Mindbender fork.

Although you can't see them, that is the Sundance and W.B. dome.


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Fred - The Middle Fork of R.R. is ahead.  We planned to go up the M.F. and find a camp spot.

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Taking a break at the mouth of the Middle Fork. 04/17/14 9:41 pdt.

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Walter.

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Fred.

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Hoping for an easy day.

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Looking down the main Robber's Roost canyon to see the Henry Mtns in the far distance (amplified in this telephoto view).

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Another Pale Evening Primrose.

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Prickly Pear Cactus.  You can see the beginnings of a "Pear" growing on the end of the pad.  Looking at those spikes, I wonder what Shelby was thinking.

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When you're walking along you have to be carefull you don't get one of these spines in your foot.

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Heading up the Middle Fork.

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Near the mouth of the Middle Fork, it is quite different than what we have seen - it seems as the bedding of the rock is horizontal leading to a different texture with a lot of flat slabs as can be seen here.

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Mushroom like rock outcrops.

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Full speed ahead - Shelby, Derek, Austin, David, and Gary.

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Shelby and Austin.

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Derek and David.

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Looking up canyon.

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Going up the dry wash of the Middle Fork.

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Roger and Gary.

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Austin

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Mike and Austin (Is he taking a leak?)

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Kevin.

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Kevin and Roger in shady overhang.

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Kevin, Austin, and Roger take advantage of some shade.

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The stream has undercut this rock.

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We found a camp spot across the valley from the undercut alcove.

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Behind our camp spot, there was a grove of Douglas firs.

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Douglas fir.  An unusual tree to be found in this area.

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We dropped our packs at this shade tree.

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A little breeze, a little shade - what more can you ask for.

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Having lunch.

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More Lunch break.

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A chance to air your feet.

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David and Walter.

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Shelby getting a little sun.

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A huge alcove across the way.

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"Hat" on a dome caused by the brown resistant layer.

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Gary, Austin, Fred, & David.

Camp location is HERE (Marker B).


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Bill, Fred, and Mike decided to day hike up the Middle Fork.  The rest of the crew decided to stay in camp.

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Interesting rock formation on the canyon wall.

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Bill hiking up the canyon.

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We called this one the "Pregnant Woman"

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Interesting side canyon. We should have explored it - looks like it might be a slot??

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Coming up to a "Notch" Falls.

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You can see the Notch to the right of the central dome.

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Notch Falls.

Map location is HERE.


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Indian Paintbrush near the Notch Falls.

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The desert version is more compact and closer to the ground than it's alpine cousin in the NW.

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Another view.

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Close up of the Notch Falls.  This would be impressive when water is cascading over it.

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Slot in wall opposite our stopping point.

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Arch forming in canyon wall. Past the Notch falls, the canyon became rougher with more vegetation. Mike went up a bluff on the right side. Fred went through the jungle and then had to climb over a boulder field to get up to where Mike was.  I went back and tried to go up where Mike went, but it was too much for me.

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You can see the boulder fall from the arch emerging from the far wall has covered the valley floor.  It looks like there is an impassible pouroff below the wall with the holes in the distance.  We decided to call it a day here.

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Semi panoramic shot made from Mike's photos at our stopping point.

Map location is HERE.


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Telephoto of far wall.

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View of canyon floor above rockfall.

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Fred - He thought it took way too much effort to get up to where Mike was.

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Pool near the last bend.

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Heading back near the Notch Falls.

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Bill - From this point you can see all the way down the Middle Fork.

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Mike and Fred - You can see there was still water in the wash.

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Getting back near our camp we spy the Douglas Fir Grove. When we got back, I found a mutiny on my hands as there was a movement pull up stakes and move back to our original Camp 1 and go out a day early.  

I was a little pissed off, but Danny set up a secret ballot to see who wanted to move camp and who wanted to go out a day early.


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Well, it wasn't the best camp so I agreed to hiking back to Camp 1 which was a much better camp site.

By Secret ballot, the Shively's - Gary, Roger, and Kevin opted to hike out the next day (4/18). The rest voted to stick to the original schedule. Unfortunately, because of car space, Mike had to go out early as well.

Here are Roger, Gary, and Shelby back at Camp 1 near the mouth of White Roost.


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Shelby practicing "fly casting" with another "Hillbilly Grass".

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Fun with Hillbilly Grass.

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Shelby, Derek, and Fred Stong.

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Close up.

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Stong contingent: Shelby, Derek, Fred, and Mike.  That's our cooking rock behind them.

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Derek and Walter

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Derek & Walter (the Wonder Dog).

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The Stong brothers.

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Shelby, Derek, & Walter.

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Fred taking a siesta.

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Fred!

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Mushroom near camp.

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Our Camp at sunset.

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"Butch Cassidy" catching the last rays of the sun.

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The out early contingent left before sun up - Here Gary and Roger have reached the low rim of the White Roost.

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You can see from the shadows that the sun is just coming up over the horizon.

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Following the cairns.

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Kevin going up slickrock.

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Mike takes a selfie.

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Roger and Gary - This was the cairned route that was to the north of our route in.

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Mike got this shot - In the far distance (from left to right): The Wild Bunch, Sundance, and Butch Cassidy.

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Gary - on the mesa top.

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Kevin and Roger making for the cars.

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The Henry Mountains.

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Almost to the cars - There is a 4th vehicle there.  We saw a tent just down the main canyon from our Camp the previous night - this must have been theirs.

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After breakfast, Everybody but Fred and I headed down canyon.  Danny was making for the Dirty Devil all the way down to find the petroglyphs near the mouth of Robbers Roost.  The rest of the group went as far down as the arch.

It was very hot in the morning, and I was glad that I hadn't gone down with the rest.  As the day went along it got cloudier and the weather more unsettled.

When the guys got back, we headed up the White Roost. This is near the mouth of the White Roost and you can see Derek making his way up canyon.


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Going up the White Roost.

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Fred at a narrow section of the canyon.

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A reflecting pool.

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The upper end of the pool.

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A nice Pouroff and pool below.  This was near the canyon exit, and we didn't get any photos of it on the way down.

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Bill checking out the pouroff.

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I probably shouldn't be standing on that overhang.

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Another shot.

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Bill.

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Fred.

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Fred hiking up the White Roost.


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When we got to the exit. We had lunch. Shelby, David, and Derek went up canyon to explore one of the White Roost slots.  Austin, Fred, and I waited till they got back.

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Waiting for they guys to get back from exploring the White Roost Slot.

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The weather was deteriorating - the wind was kicking up and the skies were threatening, so a collective decision was made (I was out on a dump run) to forgo camping another night and go out that evening instead.  They already had redistributed my gear and were ready to go.

All I had to carry was my little day pack (little blue pack to the left of my elbow).


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Fred heading up the first ramp. The rest of the guys were waiting at the bottom of the canyon for Danny to return.

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Looking down the first ramp.

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The ramp switchbacks to the right - see the cairn near the center of the photo.

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The second ramp - shorter than th first one.

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The switchback for the second ramp ends at an overlook down the canyon - you can see Austin if you look closely.

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There he is with the rest in the bushes to the right.

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Fred heading up the third ramp - this is another long one.

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The upper end of the third ramp - Fred has already made the switchback to the fourth ramp.

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Looking back down the third ramp.

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The fourth ramp leads to the lower canyon rim - you can see the switchback below.

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Fred on the slickrock above the lower rim.  A cairn is to his right.

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Looking east - you can barely make out the canyon from on top.

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Looking back toward where we climbed up to the rim.

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This shows where we came in - between the two conical domes to the right of the photo and down the steep slickrock.  On our way out we are taking a less steep alternative.

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Looking at the erosion gully to the right of where we came down.

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All of a sudden - there was Danny, back from his slog down to the Dirty Devil (He found the petroglyphs).

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Here comes Walter!

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Fred & Danny - heading up the slickrock.  This was about as steep as it got.

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Austin and Shelby bringing up the rear (till they passed me).

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The route gradually climbs up through the slickrock.

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Rather than go over the last slickrock hill, I traversed over to the left to reach the trail that we had come down on.  When I got to it, I could see Shelby and Austin just going over hill on the horizon.

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Telephoto of Shelby and Austin.

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When we got out and on our way, we bid goodbye to Fred for his trip south.  We headed north and had excellent burgers, etc. at Rays Tavern in Green River.  Fortunately, we were able to get room reservations in Tremonton at the Sandman even though we got there about 1 or 2 in the morning.

We found this car the next morning outside of the Tremonton Dennys.  I assume he was heading to or from Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada! Although this isn't the type of vehicle that one envisages for that.


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Making our way home we made our way through the rest of Utah and all the way across Idaho without making a gas stop.  Aways into Oregon, Shelby stated that he needed to make a gas stop at the next exit (Farewell Bend).  I told him that the Farewell Bend Gas station (shown here) was closed and that there wasn't any stations till Baker.

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Another view of the infamous Farewell Bend Truck Stop. We had stopped here on our first Wyoming trip in 1998 and had the absolute worst dinner I have ever had in a restaurant.  It's a wonder this place stayed open as long as it had.

We backtracked a little ways (13 miles on side roads) to Weiser, Idaho and got gas and had pizza at Idaho Pizza. Very good pizza.  

It was a long drive home, hitting a red box every couple of hours listening to movies - Anchorman 2, the Wolf of Wall street, etc. (Not to mention the Might Boosh)  

All in all a good trip.


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