Connecting with Nature in Utah

July 18, 2022 This week started and ended on Hell’s Backbone road.  Luke and I drove the whole road this time and got to the part where there is a one lane bridge traversing the top of a cliff ridge and overlooking Box Death Hollow on both sides.  This road is not for the faint of heart, but the views are so spectacular.  Luke did some droning while we were there and I tiptoed to the edge to take a photo with my phone. I worked for a good bit of the week this week as many of my co-workers are sick so they…

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Settling into the Heat of Summer

July 11, 2022 The day has finally come that I have planned my first trip back to New England to visit family and friends.  It will have been almost a year since I have seen most of them by the time I go there in late September.  I have had my mom visit twice since I’ve been on the road, but have not seen my father, siblings, or old friends.  My little brother is getting married so it is something I couldn’t miss.  I only hope my flight does not get cancelled!  I’ve told a few family members that I’m coming in a couple…

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A Week of Celebrations

July 4, 2022 What a great week it was with lots of adventure!  I’m still set on the idea of building a community here with my fellow work campers and have been talking to everyone about it.  They all seem excited about the idea and just talking about it has caused some contagion effect where others are being more social.  The only bummer is that I may have started this movement too late.  Many of my co-workers have plans to move on in the near future so we are enjoying each other’s company before they go and hopefully will have a small, but mighty…

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Balloons and New Friends Bring Magic to Life

June 27, 2022 I took the plunge this week and went to a new unknown hairdresser and it really didn’t turn out bad.  I’m always impressed when they are able to keep the bleached part and dark part separated.  So what if I had to drive over an hour to find a salon.  It was a pretty drive!  I could get used to life out here... Now that my mother’s visit is over I am settling in to normal life here and realizing that I want to build more of a community for myself and the others work camping here.  I have ideas.  First,…

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A Helluva Place to Lose a Cow

June 20, 2022 Mom finished her trip to Southern Utah this past week and I went back to my routine of working.  We had a really nice time despite the heat wave and were able to do so many things.  It helped me to explore my new area a bit more as I tried to find new activities for us each day.  In the course of her visit, we saw two state parks, two national parks, parts of the national monument, went out to dinner twice and grabbed take-out from two other very good local eateries, saw a drive in movie, some live music,…

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Mom Tours Southern Utah

June 13, 2022 We had several visitors this week.  First, a friend named Judy and her husband Ernie came to see us.  We know Judy from the art association we belonged to when we lived in Massachusetts.  We went to dinner with them at the hotel they were staying at and then took them out to Devil’s Garden to explore a bit.  My next visitor was my Mom and I was overjoyed to see her and that she was willing to come all this way to see me.  Since we are a five hour drive from the airport, she took some time getting here…

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And the Stars Look Very Different Today

June 6, 2022 We started out this week going to Devil’s Garden which is a BLM day use area just outside of Escalante, Utah down Hole in the Rock road.  The road was fairly easy to travel and there is no hiking required to see the rock formations there so it was an easy activity while I was still recovering.  The landscapes out here are often described as being Mars-like.  Can you see why?          Later that night, we went back to the same spot for the meteor shower and to take Milky Way photos.  Luke captured a fantastic time lapse video…

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Recovery Is Slow, but I’m getting There

May 30, 2022 I've made it through my quarantine period though I’m still testing positive for COVID so I cannot go back to work yet.  I’m also still avoiding indoor public places out of courtesy and an abundance of caution though according to CDC guidelines, I should be able to enter public places with a mask and not get anyone sick.  It’s been 8 days now and for most of the past week I felt pretty sick.  Like I had a bad cold.  I was congested, achey for the first couple of days, coughing, sneezing, and went through a whole box of tissues.  However,…

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Quarantine in an RV

May 23, 2022 After working for much of the past week I was looking forward to getting out to do some adventure/exploration and take photos.  I had fun plans for this week.  We were planning to visit the Capital Reef National Park yesterday.  I had also been rallying some co-workers to start a community message board to help us to plan activities with each other and one of my co-workers who had many phone numbers planned a potluck for tomorrow night.  I had also finally made an appointment with a local hairdresser to freshen up my do. However, after not being sick for about…

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