Canyonlands

Canyonlands

The problem with crossing things off my bucket list is that I feel that much closer to death. The only solution is to keep adding things to the bucket list to keep it the same size. Now that I have seen a really big meteor crater, I’m just going to have to add “enter an archery competition” to the list. Since I can’t actually shoot a bow and arrow that may take some time. So about that crater. It’s too…

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Horsethief Camp

Horsethief Camp

A group of mule deer wandered through the campground this morning as we were packing up to leave. Man, those things have big ears. We had a long drive today across southern Utah, which is much prettier than you might think, especially once you get past the town of Delta, where we stopped for gas and groceries, mostly stuff I had forgotten to pack. We followed Highway 50 and then Highway 70 before turning off towards Moab. Moab, as far…

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Owl Stretching Time

Owl Stretching Time

After breakfast this morning, Paula noticed an odd lump on a low branch a few yards from our campsite. Closer inspection revealed that it was an owl. It was obviously trying to get a good day’s sleep, so we left it to its owly dreams, and went on the cave tour. Lehman caves are noted for their fine collection of cave shields, circular disks, often with stalactites dripping from the bottom. They also have cave bacon. Back in camp we…

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Moonlight Hike

Moonlight Hike

We arrived at Great Basin National Park after seven hours of driving, and saw a sign outside the visitor center saying that as there was a full moon tonight there was going to be a ranger led moonlight hike instead of an astronomy program. We signed up for tickets, made a reservation for a cave tour tomorrow (actually today because I’m writing this the day after), found a camp site, set up the tent, gorged on cheese and crackers, packed…

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Bowers Mansion

Bowers Mansion

Day one of our fall road trip, we camped just south of Reno at Davis Creek Regional Park. This is a pretty forested area on the edge of the Washoe Valley. There’s a pretty pond. I hadn’t planned on doing any geocaching, but I was hiking a short loop trail and two guys came by. One was staring at his phone saying, “Sixty feet, fifty feet…” so I followed them to the cache. Took nothing, left a Bahamian dime. Just…

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Done

Done

Here’s the map of our travels this summer. You should be able to zoom and pan and all the usual Google Maps goodies. Some bits we doubled back, and some of it was one way. In total we did about 536 miles and 293 locks. That’s an average of six miles a day. Today we left Wharram Percy and we are heading back to the US tomorrow. Did we miss anything?

O U O S V A V V

O U O S V A V V

In the course of the past year the National Trust has completely buggered up Shugborough. This is typical of the mayhem they have wrought. They have taken a beautiful period room and filled it with packing cases, because before cardboard boxes things were shipped in packing cases. Look, we know that. These are not even antique packing cases. They are modern reproduction packing cases, good only for kindling. Then there’s the idea of putting Patrick Lichfield’s photographic equipment in front…

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Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special

Paula spotted a blue plaque on an otherwise nondescript cottage in Great Haywood. So I have to ask, why were there no canals in Middle Earth. Or even any commercial traffic on the Anduin? Look, the dwarves didn’t grow a lot of food in their mines, they must have been trading metals and manufactured goods for grain and cabbages, so how was that stuff transported? There seems to be no commerce at all apart from the occasional inn. In the…

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42

42

The last stretch of the Staffs and Worcester is a little whimsical, or at least the people who live along it are. One family contents themselves with a beautifully manicured garden, with only a dolls’ house on a plinth add a soup├žon of non sequitur. Another has a belligerently lavender shed and a green faced pirate leering over the fence. What, you ask is the pirate leering at? Why, this lady just across the canal from him. Nearby a delightfully…

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Things To Do In Penkridge

Things To Do In Penkridge

We had moored overnight at the summit of the Staffs and Worcester, so after a pleasant and lock free few miles this morning we started heading downhill again. It’s easier to work the locks going down, though most of the ones that we did today lacked the handy bridge at the downstream end that makes closing the gates easier. At the first lock we came to, an old toll office converted to a store dominated the skyline. Soon after, a…

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