American Locations 26

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

The next morning we drove from Kodchrome Basin State Park north to Cannonville, where we turned northwest on Rte. 12. At Rte. 63 we turned south. We stopped briefly at the Bryce Canyon visitor center. We continued on south to Bryce Canyon National Park. We secured a good site in the North Campground.

We walked to the visitor center, where we caught a shuttle that took us all around the park. We got off at every stop to look around. Like Kodachrome Basin, the attraction here were the rock formations, only on a much vaster scale.

Here are close-ups of some unique formations.

We completed the loop on the shuttle at the visitor center then walked back to the campground. We relaxed the rest of the day at our site. We were developing some worrisome problems. We developed a tank leak, couldn’t start the generator (a real problem since there was no electric hook-up at our site), the hot water heater was sporadic, and the house battery wasn’t holding a charge. Nothing to cancel a trip about, just irritations, but the balky hot water heater made for quick showers.

Next Location – Bryce Canyon 2

American Locations 25

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

At Cannonville…

…we turned south off Rte. 12 onto Cottonwood Canyon Road. It twisted and turned its way to Kodachrome Basin State Park. We selected a site, then drove all through the park.

We parked and hiked Angel Palace Trail.

Up to the very top.

We had a nice view from on top.

After our hike, we drove to the campground and set up for the night.

But I didn’t want to quit. So I took off on another hike, the Panorama Trail, that took me through the best formations along the bottom.

I came off the loop trail and walked along the road back to the campground.

I got back to the motor home totally exhausted, but exhilarated.

Next Location – Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

American Locations 24

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Rte. 12, Utah

Torey marks the eastern terminus of Rte. 12, one of the most amazing roads you will ever drive on. It starts out by ascending over 9000 feet to the top of Boulder Mountain.

Here we are nearing the peak.

Coming down off Boulder Mountain, the Hogback Highway…

…which is what Rte. 12 is called, began winding up and down and around and across mountain after mountain. This narrow two-lane blacktop road takes you through some amazing scenery. It’s difficult to keep your eyes on the road, but you have to because there are no guardrails and scant shoulder. You could run off on either side and roll for hundreds of feet down a mountainside. The drive was great fun.

We stopped to eat lunch and stretch our legs at the Escalante National Monument visitor center.

Then continued west on the Hogback.

The scenery continued to amaze.

We came out of the west side Escalante in the little town of Cannonville, ending one of the best drives of my life.

Next Location – Kodachrome Basin State Park

From The North Rim 22

Some quick personal info. I received my paperback copy of ‘When The World Stopped’, which includes my short story ‘A Mutualistic Relationship’.

I was really impressed by the first story, ‘War Fever’, by T J Berg. A strong one to open the book with. I always read all the other stories in any anthology I am included in, to compare my story against those of the other authors. I am halfway through the book so far and I’m impressed with the quality. My story ranks far down in the list of best to worst.

Also, I mentioned I was using mathematical haiku poems in my novel ‘Flatlanders’. So I emailed all the authors to request their permission. They all responded positively right away. I was surprised at their promptness. You must always do this if you are going to incorporate any copyrighted material in your writing.

Now, back to ‘Flatlanders’. As I stated before, the protagonist in the novel is Mickey Haiku. The antagonist is Eden. She is another brilliant theoretical physicist, only she lives in a parallel dimension. She is the leading scientist of the Crossover Project. But her personal life is in shambles. She is living with her brother because she has left her husband, who is her boss in her lab. She left him because he was seeing another woman. Even though she is seeing another man. And she has just learned she is pregnant. Also, tremendous pressure is bearing on her to complete the Crossover Project since the government is about to shut it down for lack of progress.

As you can probably tell by now, the tone of the book is light. It is not a comedy, but there is much comedy in it. Mickey and Eden both believe they are doing the right thing for their own world. I think that makes for a more interesting conflict. There is not a good guy and a bad guy. Only two people fighting for what each thinks is right. The model I have in mind for this a book is ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’. I’m not claiming mine is as good as that, just that I am striving to make it the same kind of story.

More about Part One in the next newsletter.

From The Bookshelf of INtense Publications

American Locations 23

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Capitol Reef National Park 2

Early the next morning we drove back into Capitol Reef National Park and took the scenic route south from Rte. 24. We stopped to see a ranch that had been preserved.

Then we drove deeper into the park.

The mountains are tilted here at all kinds of odd angles due to geological pressures.

I am holding my camera level. They really do tilt up like this.

We kept driving deeper and deeper into the park.

The pavement ended at the entrance to Capitol Gorge. We stopped to read about it.

We proceeded into the gorge on a dirt road. This is the advantage to having such a small motor home, you can drive it practically anywhere.

Several miles later we came to the end of the road. We parked and continued on foot.

There were some Native American pictographs along the way.

At the end of the Gorge Trail was the beginning of the Tanks Trail. This went straight up, kickback after kickback.

From here I could look down to some people who had chosen not to climb.

I continued going up. Yet another great hike.

At the top were rainwater-filled depressions. These are the sinks.

This one had dried up.

It looked like most of them were dry.

But a few held water.

There was also an arch up there.

Then it was hike back down.

And hike back out to where we had parked our motor home.

We drove back north the way we had come. There is only one paved road going through the park.

We turned west on Rte. 24. We stopped several times at nice vistas.

We continued west on Rte. 24 out of the park and past where we had spent the previous night. We found a private campground in the small town of Torey, where we had running water and electricity. We crashed for the evening.

Next Location – Rte. 12