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Posting number US West 4 for September 12, 2017

Craters, Caves and Cinder Cones


At Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, the landscape along the 52 mile Great Rift on the Snake River Plain is all of volcanic origin.  The most recent eruption was a mere 2000 years ago.


Spatter cone                                                                    Rope pahoehoe lava


Red Crater                                                                           Crusty ‘a’a lava


Jim shows his muscle                                                                           Lava tube


Reflecting cinder                                                                           Lava bomb


Big Cottonwood Canyon

Many years ago we skied at both Brighton and Solitude ski areas in Big Cottonwood Canyon and Alta ski area in Little Cottonwood Canyon east of Salt Lake City.


Overnight at Spruces                                                             Moose in the Meadow


Josie’s Homestead

 A remote area on the edge of the Uinta Basin in Utah is rich in Jurassic fossils, multi-hued canyons, and the Green and Yampa rivers. This is Dinosaur National Monument. At the visitors center we saw dinosaur fossils and began a driving tour to explore the Indian relics and the remains left from an early homestead at the head of a box canyon.


Crops in the Desert                                      Lizard Petroglyph in Desert Vanish


Broken femur like Jim's                                                    Large head sharp teeth

Red Rock Canyons

Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West.  Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Here we experienced sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the many twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive.


Coke Oven Rocks                                                                  Canyon trail far below


Ski Country Colorado

We are now in Frisco, Colorado enjoying the mountains near Copper Mountain, where we skied for so many years.


Aspens at Copper Mountain                                                                      Last Blooms


Among the Aspens                                                                     Orange splendor


Mexican Train Dominoes

What is it? A game of skill and luck played by our friends Pat and Dick Gritman and designed each evening to challenge and frustrate Carolyn and Jim. The object of the game is for a player to play all the dominoes from his or her hand onto one or more chains, or "trains", emanating from a central hub or "station". For more details see


Mexican Train dominoes board

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