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It took us a full day to drove to Dickinson, South Dakota where we stayed for the night. The next morning we drove over to the South Unit where we spent the morning driving around and getting a feel for the Park.

More photos from Theodore Roosevelt National Park can be found on my website.

It was overcast but we could see occasional glimpses of the sun. Fall was in the air and the colors were starting to change. In some places it was outstanding.

We stopped at the Prairie Dog town. In addition to the Prairie Dogs we saw a couple of Pronghorns.

Our next stop was Peaceful Valley Ranch where we notice a number of folks getting ready for a trail ride. I have to admire anyone who rides horses. It looks like a lot of money and time is involved just getting to the trail and saddling up the horses. I wouldn’t have the patience.

At Skyline Vista we noticed these strange rock formations. We think the second shot is an ancient see creature that had absorbed a lot of iron and is embedded in the rock formation. We saw this same thing at other locations in the park but this was the best example.

As we drove down the road I noticed a Buffalo back behind some rocks. I walked back to get a better look and discovered a small herd in a wash. The one hiding behind the sage brush seems to by quite interested in me so I was also keeping a close eye on it.

As we drove down from Dickinson we noticed a couple of wild horses along the highway. When we entered the park we ask about the horses and the ranger said we would see them if we were lucky. As it turned out we were lucky. For some reason we took a dirt road off toward the Roundup Horse Camp. As we came over the hill we found a small group of five horses. The group consisted of a stallion and four mares. We watched them for about a half an hour before moving on.

We then continued on the loop road finishing in Medora in the early afternoon.

My photo of Hoffman Hills was use in Thomas Pearson’s excellent book “When the Hills are Gone – Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community”. It documents Wisconsin’s struggle with sand mining.

It was late in the day and we planned to stay in Grand Junction, Colorado. On the way we took a detour to drive through Colorado National Monument.

 

 

We reached Monument Valley late in the afternoon and it was closing for the day so we took a few pictures and decided to wait until the next morning to drive through the park. More photos from Monument Valley can be found on my website.

We were staying at Goulding’s Lodge so we drove over to check-in. One of the attractions is John Wayne’s cabin. This area was the location for many western films back in the day. Since I was a big fan of John Wayne’s my wife took my photo in front of his cabin.

The next morning we headed out into the park. It was a rough road with lots of dust but with some spectacular scenery.

 

We spent part of the morning touring Glen Canyon Dam. On the way out of town we stopped at Upper Antelope Canyon but the wait for a tour was too long so we headed for the days destination Goulding’s Lodge at Monument Valley. On the trip we noticed a sign for Navajo National Monument so we decided to drive over to take a look. We hiked several of the trails at the top of the mesa. At the end of the trail we had a view of the cliff dwellings. Unfortunately they were some distance away but we were able to view them through the camera. Tours are offered to the dwellings but we were too early in the season.

 

We hiked along the rim and had some spectacular views of the canyon below.

This was the first ranger station in the monument.

Back at the park entrance there were replicas of a hogan and a sweat lodge.

There were a few flowers out along the trails.

One day in Page we signed up for the Canyon Adventure Boat TourĀ  out of Wahweap Marina. The tour lasted several hours and covered Glen Canyon Dam, Antelope Canyon, and Navajo Canyon. It had been years since we had been on Lake Powell so the leisurely tour was a nice way to spend part of a day. The first shot is from the Wahweap Marina Overlook.

A spectacular setting for boating.

Glen Canyon Dam from the Back.

It was a beautiful spring day and it was spring break many places. Antelope Canyon was filled with paddle boarders.

We headed back through Navajo Canyon.

Lower Antelope Canyon is one of the most spiritually moving places I’ve ever visited. It’s too bad that social media has found it. When I first visited it about 15 years ago it was a place known mainly to photographers. It is only about a half mile long and 120 feet deep. In those days you could pay $10 and spend the entire day wandering through the canyon. As the light changes the views in the Canyon change. It is a photographers paradise. One one of my visits I met a couple. She was blind but the one doing the photography. Another time there was a Native American playing a flute at the mouth of the Canyon. The haunting music filled the Canyon. Social media has changed things dramatically. The cost to enter the Canyon is now about $40 for about an hour in the Canyon. You can only go in as part of a tour. Tours of people leave every 20 minutes so it is difficult to contemplate the meaning on life while in the canyon. Still it is one of the most spectacular places you will ever visit. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

More photos from Lower Antelope Canyon can be found on my website.

 

 

We were up early and decided to drive out to Horseshoe Bend and look around. When I first visited this location I drove out to photograph the sunset. I was the only person visiting except for a ranger who was out looking for Peregrine Falcons. We spent an hour together and didn’t see another sole. My how things have changed thanks to social media. When we first arrived in page I suggested that we drive out to Horseshoe Bend to take some sunset photos. As we neared the parking lot we noticed cars parked along the road. The parking lot was full. We decided to come back another time. When we arrived in the morning we were able to get the last parking slot. Those following us were parking along the road. Apparently this location is on the bucket list for every foreign visitor. As you can see the place is a zoo.

After visiting Lake of the Clouds we drove over to the Summit Peak area for a short hike up to the tower atop Summit Peak. The light shining through the gold covered trees was outstanding. It gave a golden glow to everything.

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Particularly interesting was the fact that the ground cover was also changing color at the same time as the trees.

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The view from the tower was not as nice as it was from Lake of the Clouds although you do have a nice view of Lake Superior from this vantage point. The fact that you can see the lake also means that the winds off of the lake can bring down the leaves which seems to have happened in this area.

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More fall photos from the Porcupine Mountains can be found on my website.

Here are a few more photos from my trip to the Apostle Islands Ice Caves. These were taken along the shoreline. We found that the ice close to Meyers Beach was not as good as it was a mile or more down the shoreline.

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More photos from the Apostle Islands Ice Caves can be found on my website.