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A surprise Bonus, at least for me.
The Arches photography did end, however the trip itself was not over. I don't meticulously plan things out, rather they are more of an exploration / adventure. More often than not I run into something totally unexpected and more often than not it's an exciting adventure. (you can do this when you travel alone) travel to your own whim.

Traveling with friends and family is great, done so often but going where you want, when you want, how you want is OK.

So I ran into one of these pleasant surprises. I came one way to Arches and went back another. As I was coming out of a long stretch of the Colorado Plateau I came onto this

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2. Then this abandoned business





3. Right across the street was this new construction (hope springs eternal)





4. The totally unexpected pleasant surprise was this. I had never heard of this place, didn't know it existed.
Bluff Fort in the town of Bluff, Utah, aptly named after its mountain bluffs





5. This was the last thing I expected. The town was settled in the late 1800's by Mormons, even thought it is pretty close to Mexican Hat and Monument Valley it is more of a trading post than a military post





6. Hard to believe something kept this meticulously really in the middle of no where, little town of 200 down to 70 in the 1930's, could only be a Mormon town
My pleasant surprise...surprise for this trip. Really floored me

Right close to the Colorado River, wish I could have seen the river, Oh well can't have everything


7. This is the car I made this wonderful trip in, the car I have made all my trips in for the last 20 years
 



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Hi Joe,

Well; I wish I'd have known about Bluff as I would have been there like a shot! That looks a real gem of a location and so well preserved - that is indeed someone's labour of love that's for sure!

Image #3 shows there is still that 'Western Spirit' alive and well in that part of the world, but the shot that takes the series for me is #6; that gives us an insight into the time and 'feel' of the location and, I think, removes pretty much anything having a 'modern' look to it - a real 'step back in time' image.

Looking forward to more from you on this trip - so much to see and do over there (and these keep on nagging me to go back! )

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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Hi Joe,

Well; I wish I'd have known about Bluff as I would have been there like a shot! That looks a real gem of a location and so well preserved - that is indeed someone's labour of love that's for sure!

Looking forward to more from you on this trip - so much to see and do over there (and these keep on nagging me to go back! )

Take care and best regards, Neil.


Hello Neil, you are the quintessential adventurer in my book, you can't wait for the next project Glad you liked Arches, I sure did. (imagine living in Moab) wow. Don't fret, I didn't know about Bluff, I just stumble into these things myself.
But this is the end of my Arches post, time to move on. I have such a backlog. I'm eager to start my next one. I'm even going to postpone finishing Deadhorse for a while

Next one is probably my most surprising and gratifying photoshoot I can think of.
You just never know what's around the next corner.

Take care all the Best___Joe

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Hey Joe,

Very nice set! Well I'm also not familiar with Bluff. I really like the photo with your car! And No. 6. thanks for sharing!

Did you get to visit other parts of Canyonlands? Seems to be some spectacular areas of that park that I haven't visited, but would like to someday.

Btw, did you know that 4014 is coming through Utah again soon?
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very nice set indeed!
I have to put this place on my list of places to visit
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Hello Doc, Bluff is only a town of about 200 people. I guess its another one of Utah's best kept secrets, but it is an astonishing sight to come upon. Good ole Mormons . Thanks for mentioning the car shot, didn't think anyone would; so thanks again. My favorite photo, of course .

No didn't stop at CanyonLands. Last time I was there I did make a pretty extensive look around, First entered it from the south gate and then from north, the Island in the Sky area. They were so dissimilar you wouldn't know you were in the same park. But Deadhorse did have a pretty similar feel to it, at least the Island in the Sky part.

Thanks so much for reminding me of the Big Boy. I get their notices but must have passed over it.
Looking forward to seeing as many of your great Big Boy photos to come. Looks like they'll be following the I 80 corridor pretty much.

Now is the time I wished I was still living in Reno. I'm very familiar with all those Nevada towns, Battle Mountain, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Elko. Having lived in Nevada 15 yrs, even Wells

Take care and all the best___Joe



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Hi Joe - Moab.

Hmmmmmm..... Moab. I could see myself getting along quite nicely in Moab...

Thanks for the nice memories!

Best regards, Neil.
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Hi Joe,

Will, you know those Mormons settled most of Utah and areas of the surrounding states. But Bluff historic district is preserved as it was in those Mormon Pioneer days which of course is interesting. Not as interesting to me as another National Historic Site over in Ely Nevada, of course!

I guess Dead Horse Point State Park is on the edge of Canyonlands National Park and basically, from Dead Horse Point you are looking at a part of Canyonlands. Still I'd like to visit Canyonlands Park someday, Island in the Sky, the Needles etc.

Well Joe, I sure hope I can get some photos of Big Boy again when it some through. The bad thing is going to be all people that are going to be out there. I enjoy these things a lot more without the crowds. But Big Boy attracts all the railfans. It will actually come through Salt Lake, I believe on its way back. Have to look at the schedule and make plans.

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you're right Doc, can you imagine what the "Wild" west would be if not for the Mormons, Yikes!

Yeh me 2 on NNRR, but my trip there was so good I can't imagine ever a better one, So I have a wish to go back but not a need to, if that makes sense___Big Smile
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Thats exactly right, Deadhorse looks to be an extension of the "Island in the Sky"s northern section of CanyonLands
Have to say, I could not pick a favorite between the Deadhorse Point Lookout and the Island in the Sky Lookout. They are both out of this World!
I wouldn't pass on going in CanyonLands southern gate, either, the place is so huge. It's what you see when you look out and down from Island in the Sky.

Doc, I don't think there is anything much that would keep you from getting at least a few pics of its"RollingThunder" or stationary. I think you already have one of the best stationary photos of its Inaugural trip. I still have it

Yeh the crowds make it tough. The miracle for me was the main events of the Big Boy Ogden Inaugural were Friday and Saturday and the crowds. For some reason I wanted to watch Big Boy leave Sunday 8am. I thought the crowds would be the same.
Lo and behold it was handfuls of avid die hard fanatics like me!. Got some of the best pictures of my life and the few of us there enjoyed the heck out of it.

One more thing, how epic is the Big Boy going over the Sierra Nevada's, Donner Summit into California going to be? another Wow!
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Thanks Joe,

Well, if the Mormon Pioneers hadn't settled Utah, someone else eventually would have. Perhaps at the time it wasn't desirable -- most of Utah being a dry desert. The Salt lake Valley is high desert. If it's green it is only because of irrigation. Otherwise we would have sage brush and tumble weed!

As for the NNRY: Did you know that of the three steam locomotives, only locomotive 93 is operational? No.40 is down for a complete overhaul and No. 81 is down for some major repairs.

Yeah, I'll likely get a photo or two of 4014 coming through. We'll see. But I won't be traveling to Donner Pass to get them.

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Originally posted by AudioDoc AudioDoc wrote:

Thanks Joe,

Well, if the Mormon Pioneers hadn't settled Utah, someone else eventually would have. Perhaps at the time it wasn't desirable -- most of Utah being a dry desert. The Salt lake Valley is high desert. If it's green it is only because of irrigation. Otherwise we would have sage brush and tumble weed!
Interesting fact about the latter: most (all?) of these plant species that form tumbleweeds are not native to Americas, so these have spread in USA only after (European) settlement.
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Heikki, the part about tumbleweed was kind of a joke. Something we see in old western movies. Sage brush is indeed common in Utah. I do occasionally see dried brush rolling around in the wind. No idea if it is actually tumbleweed.
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Many of my Arches photos are being replaced by the question mark ? insignia
this week 13 of the photos were replaced by that insignia
I haven't been deleting any photos myself

I have re edited the original photos back into the topic now
Does anyone know why this is happening to me?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 June 2024 at 16:22
Joe, I don't know, but that happens with some my photos as well. Perhaps its a small change or update at the host's server that causes Dyxum to not recognize the link? I'm sure there are some here better qualified to explain this. But in any case, it's not something we are doing that causes it.
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