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post #11 of 35 Old 04-09-2019, 03:12 PM
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We avoided the crowds by going in the off season as you are doing. The worst was the North Rim of the Grand Canyon but everything in Utah was either no crowds or low density. It was so cool in Zion one time we were sitting up on a rock shelf and realized there were literally no sounds--no traffic no birds, insects, anything! Just complete silence and stillness.

We did fly in to LV for my bf's daughter's wedding. It was in Laughlin and we rented a car to get there. The wedding was on a boat that cruised up and down the Colorado and we did actually stay in one of the casino hotels. While it was fun and very nice we're not gamblers so it didn't do much for me. Another time we visited his relatives in CA then drove up through LV and on into Utah. First you go into St George and then on to Zion. Bryce is a bit farther north. Quite frankly much of the Nevada desert is boring compared to what Utah and Arizona have. I don't remember how long the drive took but I was more impressed with going through Salt Lake and seeing the lake, salt flats and the Wasatch mountains. But you do get held up in the city a bit from traffic.

If there's anything I would not do it would be the Grand Canyon. It was truly amazing but it took a long time to get there and we made a wrong turn so it was even longer. Then you creep along up to the entrance because there was still a lot of people. And sometimes the canyon is covered in clouds so you can't see down in it anyway.

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Two Mays ago we went to Yellowstone. Drove the whole way. Went through Keystone, saw Mt. Rushmore, headed up through Deadwood, spent a day there, then went on to Jackson.


I refused for years to make that long drive because our kids would have beat one another to death in the back seat of the truck if there wasn't a beach and some waves at the end of the drive. They did okay on that trip though - they've matured.


May THIS year, we're going back toward Panama City Beach, Florida. That's a fun trip too, but not really helpful to you since we're so far south.

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I've only ever been to Oklahoma in terms of passing through, many, many years ago. (like 50 years ago!). We camped in a KOA campground that was downwind of a feedlot. Gah!!!


We were offered the chance to go live and work in Stillwater, OK, about 15 years ago. we chose to stay here . I've always wondered how my life would have turned out had we gone there. . . .



My parents both come from Salt Lake City. I have been there a few times, again, many years ago. It has changed so radically since then. It was a small city, back then. Anyone else remember it? before it boomed?
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There's a LOT of lovely places in Oklahoma. I think the eastern part of our state is the loveliest though - the Ouchita Mountains (the Talemena Drive through them is spectacular), Broken Bow lake is gorgeous.

I mean, look at this. THIS is why I want to take horses to Cedar Lake in the Ouchita Mountains.
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I've only ever been to Oklahoma in terms of passing through, many, many years ago. (like 50 years ago!). We camped in a KOA campground that was downwind of a feedlot. Gah!!!


We were offered the chance to go live and work in Stillwater, OK, about 15 years ago. we chose to stay here . I've always wondered how my life would have turned out had we gone there. . . .



My parents both come from Salt Lake City. I have been there a few times, again, many years ago. It has changed so radically since then. It was a small city, back then. Anyone else remember it? before it boomed?
I saw Deep Purple in concert at the Salt Palace. It was DIFFERENT.
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@AtokaGhosthorse very pretty, in an otherworldly sort of way.



I find flat land hard to deal with. I grew up with hillls, hills and mountains all around. One can always get up high enough to take a gander at the land and get the layout . We have certain mountains on our West, and others on the East, so a person pretty much knows where they are by that.


When I visited my mother in Pennsylvania, I found the flattish, low rolling hills that were really totally covered with dense forest, made me feel quite claustrophobic. There was no way to get about the trees and see what was what.


But, travelling through central Canada, through Moosejaw, for example, the flat land with clear views for hundreds of miles , and not hills to speak of, made me feel equally lost.
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@AtokaGhosthorse very pretty, in an otherworldly sort of way.



I find flat land hard to deal with. I grew up with hillls, hills and mountains all around. One can always get up high enough to take a gander at the land and get the layout . We have certain mountains on our West, and others on the East, so a person pretty much knows where they are by that.


When I visited my mother in Pennsylvania, I found the flattish, low rolling hills that were really totally covered with dense forest, made me feel quite claustrophobic. There was no way to get about the trees and see what was what.


But, travelling through central Canada, through Moosejaw, for example, the flat land with clear views for hundreds of miles , and not hills to speak of, made me feel equally lost.
I know exactly what you mean! Mountains are fine. Rolling hills are fine... the land has to have a 'shape' for me. Too many trees, not enough hill? I feel trapped, if not quite claustrophobic. I do get antsy though. Too flat (Lookin' at you, Kansas)? I find myself also getting antsy. I like our mix of hills and grassland/woods here.

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We used to go to New Mexico every year as our road trip. From California it is a couple days' drive. Since cities and crowds make me literally ill, we would mostly go hang out in Indian Country. Not much of anyone out there. I go to the desert to feel lonely and windswept, not to stare at huge rock formations (which are cool but not why I go). Santa Fe is a bit over the top with wall to wall wealthy arty anglos, but Taos is still lovely. Both are high up and I've been snowed on near Taos in the summertime (in a tent!). That area is the heart of the old Spanish settlement of New Mexico. It has a fascinating history, as the Spanish colonized the area in the 17th century, ceded it to Mexico, which in turn basically abandoned it. So the hispanic people there developed their own religious customs and art in isolation, which still exist today. They are still isolated and poor there; nothing like it really exists anywhere else. Would love to go back but doubt I ever will.

I recommend Canyon de Chelley, Mesa Verde, and Zion.
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If you do decide to go through the Great Basin National Park in Nevada you should go see the Ward charcoal ovens outside of Ely.
I took my mom down last fall when she was here visiting, we really enjoyed seeing them and the history! If you make it that far north maybe I can come down to say hello :)

Like someone mentioned, the Nevada desert is not very exciting from the road. I always felt you have to get adventurous and go exploring. The hills and mountains you see hide a lot inside and behind them.


I would like to see more of Utah too. Summer before last we took a little road trip on our way to Amarillo to pick up a stock trailer we bought. We went through the Arches National Park on the way down. Although beautiful the park was very crowded. We were there when the gates opened and we still waited a half hour to get in. And in July it got hot quickly so we limited our hiking. By time we left the park was really crowded. Moab is fun little tourist town with shops, restaurants and bars. On the way back we stayed the night and had great fun. We would like to go back and have some fun on the river or go jeeping.


Years ago when I took a job in Oklahoma I made a game of trying to get there on small two lane roads and highways. I had a lot of fun and saw some really neat country I would of missed on the freeways. No matter where you decide to go try taking the back roads! (of course keeping weather and road conditions in consideration)


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Wherever you decide on, do send us pics and a write up. I've loved the time I've spent in the desert, but it has always been work related. No time to stop and look into the things that interested me.


A charreada arena in a little town a detour ran us through. Wildlife in the distance. Abandoned ghost towns. A solitary adobe house, roofless and melting back into the earth. The roadside mom and pop vegetable and craft booths in Indian country. On and on.
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