Monthly Archives: July 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Amanda and I headed up onto Grand Mesa today for a few hours. After heading up Lands End Road to the observatory, we stopped there to feed some of the chipmunks. I snapped a few photos…

Switchbacks on Lands End

Near the observatory

Next we headed over to Island Lake and made our way along the Granby Lakes trail. This was a short 4.5 mile trail, but it was very bumpy and slow going the whole way.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

After our short trip over Baxter Pass, we spent some time visiting a few rock art sites in the Canyon Pintado National Historic District before driving back home. The first site we stopped at was the Waving Hands site.

Around the corner from the rock art we spotted an arch.

The Kokopelli site is also known as the Canyon Pintado site because this is the main site that was described in the journals of the Escalante Expedition of 1776. The main art here is the figure of Kokopelli, the hump-back flute player of Anasazi mythology.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Since we were busy yesterday morning and too lazy to head out the rest of the day, we decided to drive over Baxter Pass today for a few hours. Here’s a few photos from our morning.

Headed into the Book Cliffs again

Last remianing structure at the townsite of Atchee

Climbing up to Baxter Pass

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday had to be a short day for us, as Amanda had to go into work that night. I still wanted to get a new trail in, so we headed south to Bolam Pass. Some photos from that trail…

Harris Ranch cabins down in Hermosa Park

Graysill Mines

Reflection in a small lake near Bolam Pass

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

On Saturday morning Amanda and I headed down to Silverton. After setting up camp we made our way down the road that leads from Silverton to Animas Forks that we have traveled many times before. In the past we have explored a bunch of the side trails off of this road (Cunningham Gulch, Eureka Gulch, Picayune Gulch & Placer Gulch), however there were a few that either I have not checked out before, or that were blocked by snow when I attempted them. Our goal for this day was to check out the rest of those trails.

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