Saturday, February 15, 2020

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park is in the middle of Utah, which also happens to be the middle of nowhere, but it is well worth the drive.  This is the most fun nature park our kids have been to and was just as incredible for the adults.

Years of erosion left this valley entirely filled with sandstone 'goblins'.  Each goblin is unique and interesting to see.  But the best part about it is that the state doesn't force to you keep your distance.  You are allowed to get up close and personal with the goblins, climbing in, over and through them.  










We found a narrow cave, that after crawling about 30 feet, it opened to this small room.



Some areas were a little tricky to navigate.


But some were just so inviting to relax.


Carson and Jace testing how much they can scare their parents by standing so close to the edge.





Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Capitol Reef National Park is filled with incredibly dramatic red rock cliffs.  While we've seen many of them throughout Utah and Arizona, these were still impressive.







When the family started feeling a little road sick from the windy road, we pulled over for a little while and Tucker found this great climbing tree.

Butch Cassidy Childhood Home, Garfield County, Utah

Since moving near Butch Cassidy's old stompin' grounds, we've been reading more about him and were able to visit his childhood home.  It was a very nicely restored cabin with signs explaining a little bit about him.







Sunday, January 5, 2020

how boredom got me into drawing

first i was bored and i was looking for something to do then i opened my notebook to draw and after three drawings i drew this.  it was very fun to draw this. i finished it jan 5 10:15 AM. every one likes the oil lamp the most so far. dad suggested the wall paper in the back round it was supposed  to take place in 1945.  this is my second blog post, and it was really fun to write! well thank you for reading! Savannah. P.S happy new year!


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Four Corners Monument - Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado

Far from everything is the Four Corners Monument, marking the corner of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.  We pulled up to find it closed.... What???  We imagined it was just a spot on the ground with some shops around it.  But it was gated up.  Apparently, you normally have to pay to be inundated with venders...

Reading online, it sounds like the monument is not actually on the right spot anyways and our GPS showed we were pretty much at the right spot.  So who knows...  We took a few pictures and headed on our way.  Carson was gracious enough to Photoshop Angela onto the monument.






Historic Route 66 - Gallup, NM

Continuing along Route 66, we went to Gallup, NM.  Gallup is surrounded by Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi Native American Reservations.  We stopped at Walmart and found the welcome sign was both in English and a Native American Language (Navajo?).

Historic Route 66 Monument in Petrified Forest National Park

Historic Route 66 ran through the middle of Petrified Forest National Park.  While the road is no longer there, they built a neat little monument.

Of course, we listened to the Route 66 song on the drive.











This is a really neat bumper bench.

Petrified Forest National Park

If you continue East along the Historic Route 66 are, you find the Petrified Forest National Park.  It is an entire forest that had been petrified, leaving behind what look like fallen trees -- the petrified forest.  They have a pretty simple, but nice, visitors center with a video explaining how the petrified wood is formed and some of the history of the park. 

From there, we hiked some simple trails to see the colorful and incredible artifacts.  Very interesting.
























Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Meteor Crater, AZ -- Worlds Best Preserved Meteorite Crater

Savannah had a dream about a Meteorite Crater, which started me searching for any nearby.  One really stood out: Meteor Crater, AZ.

About 30 min East of Flagstaff, AZ, near Historic Route 66, is Meteor Crater.  It is the first confirmed meteorite crater in the world and is claimed to be the worlds best preserved meteorite crater.  The lack of rain, and weather in general, has kept it in good shape.

It is about 3/4 of a mile wide and 550' deep.  It is believed that it was about 700' deep when it was formed, but erosion has slowly been filling it in.

When the 150' meteorite struck the ground, it had an explosion equivalent to 2.5 million tons of TNT.

They had excellent exhibits, a short video explaining the history and research that has been done, and a great tour.





This is a large piece of the original meteorite that was found.





This exhibit Savannah is using shows the blast radius and allows you to move it over other areas.  It was as large as Phoenix.












You can see some of the edge that was lifted up by the explosion.  The ground is flat all around this.