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Trip Report Southwest trip 2011, petroglyphs and beautiful scenery.

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We’ve enjoyed several trips to the four corners area and planned our trip with the idea of visiting some places we hadn’t been to and revisiting some places we’ve enjoyed in the past. The original plan was to spend a couple of days with friends from CA, but they couldn’t join us in the end. We always visit several Native American rock art sites and did so again this trip. Our food was mostly not fancy and we usually had sandwiches on the fly for lunch and ate in the places close to lodging for breakfast and dinner. I’m posting some pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/emalloy2009/sets in the 2011 set.

Day1: Fly to Vegas on Southwest, nonstop. Paid the extra $10/pp to get the good boarding pass. Did get A 54 and 55, but don’t know if it would have been as good by getting on line early.

Picked up our Jeep and checked into the Luxor. Our room was just ok, but we were heading out in the morning so it was just for sleeping. Hit a buffet then took the long hike up the strip to see the fountain show at Bellagio, then back to bed.

Day 2: Up early, quick breakfast in the hotel, check out and head for Utah.

First stop Parowan Gap to see/photograph some petroglyphs. They were very nice, and right on rocks next to Gap road.

Our plan was to go from Parowan on 143 then down 148 to stop at Cedar Breaks National Monument. The drive on 143 is beautiful, if curvy and mountainous, and when we got to 148 there was about 8 feet of snow on the road and a road closed sign. So we continued on 143 to Panguich which was a beautiful ride, and then down 89 to 12 into Bryce.

We drove through Bryce with stops at the pull outs and a short hike at the end then headed to Tropic for the night.

Day 3: Still on eastern time, so up early for the drive down 12 to Capitol Reef. There was construction on the road down into CR, but we went anyway, enjoyed some lovely views, but did not hike this time.

We stopped to photograph some petroglyphs from the Freemont Culture just past CR on 12. Then we drove down 12, beautiful all along the way, but not for the faint of heart as it is narrow, curvy hilly, no guardrails most of the way. Worth the tension for the scenery though. From there it was 24 to 70 to 191 down to Moab.

We were just early enough to get to Arches NP for a hike to landscape arch with some daylight. We had not been to it in previous visits, so out we went.

Then it was to the motel and bed.

More to come

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