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Over Smith Camp

Over Smith Camp

I decided to take advantage of the pleasant weather (is this really winter?) to spend a day in the San Rafael Swell area of central Utah. I drove down to the Smith Camp Road which leaves Highway 6 about 4.75 miles before it joins I-70 interstate. The gravel road heads southwest for about 2.3 miles […]

Back to Rip Canyon

Back to Rip Canyon

In the midst of my dear wife’s peaches/pears/tomatoes canning frenzy, I was able to slip away for a whole Saturday, to spend some time hiking in the canyons of the San Rafael Swell.)  (This year’s peaches off my little peach tree. About three bushels of the most delectable, soft-ball sized fruit you have ever tasted.) […]

Hoop Lake

Hoop Lake

A wedding reception in my extended family justified a weekend trip to the Uintah Basin in northeast Utah for my wife, my oldest daughter, my brother David and myself. The reception was Friday night so we were hoping to spend the rest of the weekend at the family cabin north of Vernal. However, the summer […]

Upper Duchesne River

Upper Duchesne River

Last June, my wife Nancy and I had taken a drive over Wolf Creek Pass and down into the upper North Fork of the Duchesne River drainage where we spied possible natural arches in the high cliffs called Castle Cliffs. David and I decided to take another look and verify that they really were natural […]