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Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

@KoBra64, thanks. Yes, the American southwest is quite a scenic place. It's called the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. That's the entire southwest that is made up of the grand canyon, Bryce, Zion, smaller state parks, the scenic drives etc.

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Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

@KoBra64, thanks. Yes, the American southwest is quite a scenic place. It's called the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. That's the entire southwest that is made up of the grand canyon, Bryce, Zion, smaller state parks, the scenic drives etc.

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Thanks Sashi, didn't know that either. Googled it and all the parks are close together. Interest has been sparked for a visit at some point.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2022 at 16:00
Now that we've all learned that the Grand Staircase is the entire region that comprises of these natural wonder, let's now move on.

Next up is my 4 hr ride thru Utah route 12. A scenic byway that was largely empty.


113. Hazy morning landscape.


114.Lone farm


115. As a motorcyclist, these are kind of roads that make it a joy to ride.
(Straight roads are the most boring on which to bring a sporty vehicle - be it a car or a bike).


116. Neon green spring trees.


117. Aspens?


118. The short and winding road.


119. Distant cliff walls.


120. Atop petrified forest hill.


121. Winding river peeking out.


122. Mud grey hills.
The sun was directly shining down and the contrast was super flat. This was the best I could do.


123. The long and rather straight road.


124. Winding sandstone hills.


125. Scenic route 12.


126. Road thru rocks.


127. Man made reservoir.


128. The *one* petrified rock that I could find.


129. Orange cliffs.


To be continued.

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A few shots from here and there to wrap it up.

130. Spring bouquet.


131. Waterfall outside Bryce Canyon.


132. Entering Kodachrome basin state park.
This place was quite pleasing to walk thru but not a single one of my pics do it justice.


133. Cliched shot.


134. Valley of fire state park.


All done. That's all, folks!
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Hi Sashi,

Indeed, it is great to see this journey taken in the 'opposite direction' from ours! I was also pleased you got to enjoy the delights of UT12 - especially on a motorbike; that must have been a great experience? Your images from here are really different to mine; the trees you show I believe are Aspens but they were just transitioning to the bright golds and yellows when we went through - but the spring green actually makes a rather pleasing contrast.

I think we must also have stood on the same piece of ground for #126 - that's a pull out for a view over the piece of land which was the last to be connected by road I seem to recall? I like the B&W conversion there - one can have too much desert ochre and yellow!

For #131 you have definitely seen something we never have; water (and a waterfall at that) in Bryce; this to me is something of a 'special' image as it isn't often shown with water in the park (though there are clearly times when there is lots of it), so a big thumbs up from me on that one.

Then you finish on two images at locations which I believe are grossly under visited (as you mentioned): Kodachrome State Park and Valley of Fire. As these were 'early' in our trip perhaps we were too easily overawed, but Kodachrome especially was a super place to visit and full of more unique geology than I expected. And there is no such thing as a 'Cliched Shot' from here!

As I have already said, this has brought back so many fond and special memories of our time there and your images have definitely done the whole location justice. The addition of doing it on a motorbike must have made this rather special.

Thanks for sharing and take care.

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For some reason, #125 doesn't seem to post correctly. Trying a separate post.
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When I quote your post I get a "bad word filtered" in the link. That seems the problem....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 August 2022 at 04:57
Neil, I'm glad my pics reminded you of your own enjoyable journey.
Yes, the last two state parks were quite interesting and I enjoyed the experience. Kodachrome is definitely underrated and under visited. So is Valley of Fire.

Yes, motorcycling on the trip made it a lot more fun. I would be lying if I said I didn't miss the comforts of an AC car. One particular ride from Page, Arizona to St.George, Utah was about 2.5 hrs under them mid noon with the temperatures around 110F (43C). With the heavy protective gear (black colored!) it was even worse.

UT12 is definitely a very scenic byway. I'm sure you must have also stood at the same scenic pull over. I barely saw 2-3 people over there the day I visited, though. A very nice spot.

The Bryce waterfall is actually outside and is easy to miss. I wandered around since I had time to spare but it was much nicer than I anticipated..

As always,thanks for all your detailed feedback.

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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

When I quote your post I get a "bad word filtered" in the link. That seems the problem....

Ah, I see. Google photos has generated that very long URL and a random substring of the URL seems to have offended the web filters.
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Absolutely gorgeous trip, Sashi and gorgeously documented. Bravo. TFS.
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Thanks, Jack!
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