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2017 Trip - WA to UT
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On the Road
Washington to Kane Gulch

May 20-21, 2017

Stong Subaru at Hite Overlook (Lake Powell)

The logistics for the trip were a little different this year as the Nick's and I were in Lynnwood, Mike was in Kennewick, and Will was in Spokane. Since we would be using Mike's Subaru as our main vehicle, we agreed to meet at Mike's home. I picked up the Nicks early in the morning we headed off in my 1985 Camry (The Gray Ghost) making our traditional breakfast stop at the Ellensburg McDonalds. We got to Mike's house and after packing all our gear in his Subaru, and rooftop carrier, the five of us climbed in and off we went. We arrived at the Marble Motel in Tremonton, Utah after dark - truly a long day on the road.

The next day we headed south making a stop in Price for last minute supplies and then lunch in Hanksville. Along the way we took in the view at the Hite Overlook and arrived at our camp at the head of Todie Canyon at the same spot we had used the two years previously.

Note photo takers are given in the titles under the thumbnails: Bill (bm), Mike (ms), Nick M. (nm), Nick T. (nt)

Kickass Trekkers on this trip were: Bill Mooseker, Will Stong, Mike Stong, Nick McMahan, Nick Tuggle

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Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker

Date(s): May 20-21, 2017. Album by Cascade Bill. 1 - 50 of 50 Total. 0 Visits.
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Photo from Nick T. - I'm about 95% sure that the mountains in the background are the Elkhorns (highest peak 9100') just west of Baker City, Oregon.  
Looks like some good hiking there:  Click here

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We've made so many trips to Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho, that Shelby once stated, "I think we've stopped at every Subway along the route".
This is Mike and his Subaru outside of the Baker City Subway our usual lunch stop.

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After Baker City, it gets drier and less scenic as we make our way to Idaho.

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In Idaho, we pass this double rainbow in late afternoon.  It's a long slog across Idaho and on into Utah.  We pulled into Tremonton and checked into our usual stop, the Marble Motel, and had a late dinner at the Tremonton Dennys (as usual).

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The Subaru was humming along as we headed south past Salt Lake City.  Stopping at Lin's Market in Price for last minute supplies, water, and tomorrow's breakfast.  Then a short stop at the Chevron Truck Stop in Wellington for gas and to pick up a Subway Sub for dinner.
This photo shows the San Rafeal Swell as taken from the offramp from I70 to UT24 enroute to Hanksville.

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San Rafael Swell - heading to Hanksville, where we found that our usual lunch stop, Blondies, was closed (it was Sunday).  Fortunately, Stan's Burger Shack was open.

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Taking UT95 we pulled out at the Hite Overlook.

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View of the upper end of Lake Powell, which because of drought is now gone back to its original state, the Colorado River - You can see UT95 at the base of the bluffs to the left.

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In the distance is the UT95 bridge across the Colorado.

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Hite Crossing Bridge.

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Telephoto view.

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Looking across the river to Hite "Marina" which is high and dry. You can see the boat launch ramp at the center of the photo.

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Nick M.

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Video of the Colorado River (formerly Lake Powell before drought) from the Hite Overlook.

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Nick T. taking in the view (precariously!)

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There seems to be a little more water this year than last.

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Panorama view from the overlook.

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Striking a pose (Nick M.).

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The Two Nicks!

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Will Stong

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Stong Subaru ready to roll, rooftop carrier and all.

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Scenic vista between Hite and our turnoff to Kane Gulch.

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Arrival at our campsite at Todie Flat.

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Will & Bill - Unpacking the rooftop carrier.

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Getting camp set up.

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Evening hike out along the rim of Todie Canyon.

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Life along the canyon rim.

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Nick M.

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Nick M. explores the rim.

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Nick M.

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Looking down into Todie Canyon.

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Will at Todie Canyon rim.

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Another shot of Will - looking across the canyon.

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View down Todie Canyon from the rim.

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Cairn and Indian Paintbrush in the afternoon sun.

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Flower springing from the rock.

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Beautiful color.

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Barrel Cactus starting to bloom.

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Close up.

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The two Nicks dropped down into Todie Canyon (very steep and brushy).  This is a reflection pool in Todie.

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A shot of the sunset on the clouds from down in Todie Canyon.

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While the Nicks explored Todie, Will, Mike, and I had our Sub sandwiches for dinner.

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