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Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

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We found ourselves in Moab Utah a week  earlier than a scheduled Mountain Bike Adventure with our son and his boys.  It could have been worse!  We took full advantage and visited these the two National Parks that are in the neighborhood.

One of the realities of how we travel is that we often run into the unexpected.  It this case it was Easter Jeep Week Safari, Moab's largest gathering of off-roaders of the year.  We were lucky to find a campground that had room for us.  There were Jeeps of all types, modified to drive anywhere.  A bonus was unexpectedly visiting friends from Nederland.  Paul and Amy who are THE Adventure Tool Company.  They had set up shop at the Jeep Week Expo, and maintained a brisk business. What fun it was seeing them here.  They have some of the best tool bags and accessories you will find.




We first visited Arches National Park.  Arches is a small and very accessible park, that gets A LOT of
visitors.  The park is unique in that it has the largest consol…

Wyoming and the Eclipse - August 2017

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How often do you get a chance to be in the middle of a full Solar Eclipse?

We had originally planned to head to Canada, after our Family Reunion in Montana.  We had several weeks to spend before volunteering for the Tour of Alberta pro bicycle race held over Labor Day.  We would travel in Alberta and British Columbia before checking in for the race.

Then we started looking at the eclipse.  Some of the Smith family were headed to the Cole Creek Sheep Company, and Shelly and Kem's home, which sits directly in the path of "totality".  The large ranch is located just outside of Casper, Wyoming.

We had recently travelled through Casper on our way to Glacier National Park.  Looking at the map, I mentioned to My Bride that we would be "backtracking".  She reminded me that we don't backtrack....we travel.  As always, wise words.



We planned our trip to Casper and took the opportunity to visit another cousin and his family, who live on a ranch south of Flathead Lake …