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  1. Another blog posting about a historic road in Utah. This one now lies within Capital Reef National Park and is closed to traffic. I am curious if this road is mentioned on any of the early road maps? http://www.rwphotos.com/blog/?p=1369 Roadhound
  2. I'll bet that driving the backroads of Utah in the 70's was much more of an adventure than it is today. I've read most of Edward Abbey's books, many of which are set in a time when development was just starting in that region, and I felt that even though there is a lot that has been developed there is still much that is wild and remote. Although, we did get stopped for a paving project going on Notom Road South of Capital Reef and I would expect the unpaved section of the Burr Trail Road to be asphalt in the near future. If there is such a thing as "Spectacular Scenery Overload" driving the backroads of Utah will do it to you.
  3. A blog posting about one of Utah's scenic backroads. http://www.rwphotos.com/blog/?p=1335 Roadhound
  4. Denny, Is your son in the Navy or getting to do this as a civilian? Shooting from inside the airplane\on the ground or jumping with them? RAW and a good RAW editing program is the way to go. I have been using Adobe Lightroom 3.2 for the last year and am extremely pleased with the results. Lightroom 4 is even better and I would upgrade to it but it involves a PC upgrade first. Rick
  5. Dave, Great report! I've been through CotM a few times on various road trips and know exactly where you are referring to on your maps. Now I have even more information with which to amaze my traveling companion(s) next time I go through that area. I commend you on your restraint. I know had I traveled that far, and gotten so close to confirming my hypothesis, I would have been tempted to take a look at the property for sale, you know, as a potential buyer. Roadhound
  6. I think 2 cars on that road at the same time, even if they are 20 miles apart, is as close to a traffic jam as you will ever get.
  7. Dave, Unfortunately I neglected to take any shots of the reservoir across the road. You are correct about Eisenhower's stop at Tippets back in 1917. I find it very interesting how the impression that cross country journey made on him then as a young 2nd Lt, combined with the experience of moving men and material on the autobahn in Germany during World War II, led to our Interstate Highways. He definetely knew that to win a war you had to be able to move effectively and the Lincoln back in 1917 was not the most effective way to move an army. I have heard, but not confirmed, that even today the roads and bridges on the interstates have to be able to support the weight of an M1 Abrams. Roadhound
  8. We must have just missed him. Nobody else was there when we go there. Nobody for miles and miles.
  9. That last picture is quite the camping rig. I wonder if the pennants were accumulated along the route?
  10. Even though I don't always comment I always enjoy your posts Dave. You always provide an interesting insight into whatever subject you are reporting on. Rick
  11. I'll need to make note of the fire conditions when I get a chance to drive along the Salmon River. Looks like beautiful scenery when the smoke isn't thick in the air. Of course, I would be looking for the scary copters with my camera at the ready. It makes sense that you would be seeing the copters flying within the valley as they were likely dunking in river before heading back to the fire. The fixed wing hardware was likely working the fire but would be replenishing their retardant at a fixed base somewhere. Although, a lot of the big hardware like early model C-130's have been grounded due to accidents. Thanks for the report Dave! Roadhound
  12. Five years ago when my son, father, and I followed the Lincoln Highway through the Utah Desert into Nevada we made a very brief stop at Tippets Ranch. The weather was cruddy, wind was blowing, and it was getting late in the day. I knew then that I would need to go back and explore it a bit more. Last July the three of us once again crossed the desert on our way home from a camping trip in Utah but this time we spent a bit more time at Tippets. The Lincoln Highway years are but a small part of the history of Tippets Ranch. It was founded in the latter part of the 1800's and the store was open until the early 1970's. Since it is located in Nevada just across the border from Utah and the Goshute Indian reservation it was a popular place to socialize and procure the fire water. On some maps the road is even listed as Whiskey Rd. Store at Tippets Ranch Store at Tippets Ranch The stone grainhouse at Tippet's Ranch dates back to the 1890's and was constructed without the use of mortar. Roadhound
  13. After googling "Warrenite" I feel so much more knowledgeable, or atleast I now know what Warrenite is. Can't wait to hear more about your adventure, especially the road race through Craters of the Moon. Rick
  14. The view out the back window of an abandoned service station in Ludlow, CA Roadhound http://www.rwphotos.com
  15. What do air racing, the Lincoln Highway, US 40, the Donner Party, and the Transcontinental Railroad have in common? Read here to find out.
  16. Good work Denny, you get a star for the day. Since I didn't state the date the well was constructed in my question we will leave that for the bonus round but since I haven't been able to find the date either I don't know the correct answer.
  17. The palm trees are in both of our pictures but you're not thinking west enough.
  18. Denny, I will give you a hint. You drove past it on Day 14 of your most recent trip and this well might be in the background on one of the photos you took, at the least the photo was take very close to where this well sits.
  19. Where is this wishing well and why is it historically significant? Roadhound
  20. Good stuff Denny. I took notes of places I need to stop at when I get a chance to venture further east than Arizona on 66...and I would drive the unpaved section to Endee.
  21. They still there, just called something different now. Atlas was originally manufactured by the Gillette Safety Tire Co. which was bought by the United States Rubber Co. which eventually became Uniroyal, then Uniroyal Goodrich and finally ended up as Michelin...at least that's what it says in Wikepedia. Dave, you are correct about the original pillars. The lighter colored stone work was all that was standing when I passed through there in the late 90's. Somewhere in the 100's of yellow boxes of slides I have a picture of it but wasn't able to find it. One item I neglected to mention in my blog posting was that the museum hosts a complete collection of Rolling Stones LPs. They are all framed and hanging on the wall. The majority of them are signed by Mick, Keith, and the gang. Roadhound
  22. Another one for your amusement. http://www.rwphotos.com/blog/?p=988 Roadhound
  23. Last one for awhile. I need to go out and get some more material to post. http://www.rwphotos.com/blog/?p=937 Roadhound
  24. Thanks for sharing both of those Chad. I really enjoyed watching them. What camera gear\software are you using for the time lapse segments?
  25. Although....I do find their "not drivable" designation to be a bit subjective as I know that I have driven some of them.
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