What I did on my summer vacation, Pt 1

I traveled to 4 national parks in Utah and Colorado –

Capitol Reef – where plate tectonics created the Waterpocket Fold and settlers from 1500 years ago left their mark.  There are also the remnants of old uranium mines in the park!

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Capitol Reef – view of the Waterpocket fold

 

Arches – my favorite of all of the parks I’ve visited – is home to 2000 arches made of Entrada and Navajo Sandstone.  It was 100+ degrees most days, so we hiked early in the morning and remembered to carry lots of water!

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Just a few of the sandstone formations

Canyondlands (Island in the Sky District) – The power of erosion is apparent – this area is shaped by both the Colorado and the Green river.  A considerable number of rock strata are on display here.

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Views of the Green River

 

 

Rocky Mountain National Park – The 3rd most visited park last year had a LOT of people at it.  The wildlife here always attracts significant attention and this visit was no exception.

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Adult female elk (rt) and moose with baby (left)

 

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!

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