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2016 Trip WA to UT
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On the Road
Washington to Kane Gulch

with Bill, Shelby, Mike & Madison
May 6 & 7, 2016

Bill at Hite Overlook

It's a long two day drive from Washington to the Kane Gulch Ranger Station. Ours was a little longer as we made a detour to a Chevron station in Rainer, Oregon so Shelby could get some surplus 50cal ammo. We got in very late to our usual stop, the Marble Motel in Tremonton, Utah, but they were very good about getting us in our room after hours.

On our 2nd day, Shelby & I met up with Mike and his daughter Madison at the Salt Lake REI, where we picked up last minute supplies and Shelby bought a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3 man mtnGLO Tent (3lbs 12oz) for Fred & Cindy to use on the trip.

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-Cascade Bill Mooseker

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View from backseat of Shelby's truck along I-70 with the San Rafael Swell ahead.

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Mike Stong along Hwy 24 heading to Hanksville.

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This is one of the interesting rock formations along Hwy 24 outside of Hanksville.

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Mike enjoying the scenery.

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Per tradition, we stop at Blondie's in Hanksville for lunch.

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Madison at the Blondie's sign.

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Bill enjoying his milk shake (great by the way) in a booth at Blondie's. The gift shop part has shrunk over the years.

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Shelby & Madison (and Shelby's truck). Across the way between the motel and the closed gas station is where we stopped the first couple of trips to Utah (2000 & 2001), Stan's Restaurant.  There is a Stan's Burger Bar in the Chevron station up the road but we've never gone there. In 2015, there was a man with a Stan's tee shirt on ordering a Blondie's burger!

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Leaving Blondie's

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Taking Hwy 95 out of Hanksville, we made a stop at the Hite overlook.

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Panoramic shot from the Hite overlook - This used to be Lake Powell, but because of a long drought it is now just the Colorado River.

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Madison getting a photo

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Colorado River post drought.  This is what it looked like when there was water in the lake.

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Taking in the view

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Shelby - that strip on the opposite side is the "boat launch" at the Hite Marine.

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Video from the Hite overlook.

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Mike at the overlook

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Bill - the Hwy 95 bridge over the Colorado.

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View looking up the Colorado River. You can see Hwy 95 curving around the Mesa bottom on the left.

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Looking down the Colorado River

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View of the Bridge over the Colorado.

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We walked out the promontory from the overlook and got this shot looking back at Shelby's truck.

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We camped at Todie Flats close the the Todie Canyon trailhead (Same as in 2015).  Madison is trying out her new backpacking gear.

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Madison with a full pack.

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Mike & Madison.

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I walked out the trail on the rim of Todie.

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Looking back up Todie Canyon.

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Shelby had some firewood in the back of his truck so we had a nice campfire on the Mesa top.

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No marshmallows though.

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