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Pipe Springs NM

August 11 — Seeing this National Monument on our map, we decided to take a slight detour on our way to Grand Canyon NP and stop in for a visit.  In this place we were reminded of one of the uglier and more tragic periods in the history of the United States – the running out and killing off of […]

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Zion NP

August 8-11 — the second leg of our three-NP honeymoon trip was spent in Zion NP, another fabulous national park in Utah.  [Trivia for Mom: There are five NPs in Utah.] When you visit Zion NP, you spend a lot of time looking up, for you are at the bottom of a cottonwood tree-lined canyon

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Bryce Canyon NP

August 5th – 8th — the first leg of our two-week honeymoon trip was spent in Bryce Canyon NP in southern Utah. What struck us first as we left the interstate and got on the back roads were the rocks.  Here on the Colorado Plateau, the rocks are very colorful, and the patterns, as they

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Grand Staircase-Escalante NM / Kodachrome Basin SP / Red Canyon

Outside of Bryce and on the way to Zion, we followed along State Route 12, recently named an “All-American Highway” in this area.  Kodachrome Basin features towering sandstone chimneys, monolithic spires, and sedimentary pipes.  The colors in the sandstone change with the day’s mood, and this color and contrast prompted the National Geographic Society, with

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