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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-23-2006, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Default Glitter Gulch !

No, not the famous Glitter Gulch of Las Vegas! [:0][:I]

GYPSUM ! Way cool! Very "glittery" huh?
I love this stuff. They grind this pretty glass like substance into a powder and make wallboard for building houses. This place was mined back in 95 by some guy who decided not to proceed full speed.
Nice stuff!

Well, now for the hike! It's a scorcher today, too. Got plenty of water. In fact, I was bloated! yuck!
Heading up to walk along the top of Warner Valley along the cliffs.

Drove along a roller coaster of sand that rocked me so much that I stopped every so often and got out just so I could collect myself.
My poor truck.... [B)] Lots of orange sand, slickrock, desert shrubs and sunshine [8D]
That was Pine Mountain off in the distance. Nice view. Still a bit hazy today, though.

Well, time to stop bouncing along like a pogo stick in the sand and go for a hike! An arch along the way...sorta.

Ahhh....hoodoos. That means some shade!
A window rock St George off in the distance. The "D" on the mesa is for DIXIE.
Everyone out west seems to paint their hills or mountains with an Initial. Mesquite is "V" for Virgin mtns.
Hey! this window looks like a star! cool!
I like cholla! Especially the way it glows! Amazing that little cactus wrens will actually nest in there!
Time to head back down to the truck.
And, finally, climb out of here and head for home! Had a fun time! Eventually get into some more stuff at Zion pretty soon here.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-23-2006, 10:34 PM
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Love the pictures! This one just epitomizes dry, hot, and dusty:


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Nice photos of desert country and all those natural forms. Just looking at them makes me feel hot, as we are in the middle of a heat wave breaking some temperature records. I was warned when in Arizona to avoid driving a car on those kind of sandy roads, otherwise could get stuck and get stranded which is not a nice thing to happen in the middle of the desert wilderness.

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Thanks, WS! I forgot to bring a cooler with Ice so I got to drink hot water on the way back. yuck! at least it wasn't hot beer!
Hi, Karvitk! I DID break down one time and it cost me 400 dollars to get towed. 4X4 went out a few years ago with another vehicle. Ouch! Luckily, I was with a caravan of vehicles. Senior hiking group. They even tried to push me along! They were sweet!


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Another great trip report, Rented Mule!

I like the gypsum pictures. All I can ever find is regular quartz and the odd fossil.

Oops-signed, hike in van.

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Reminds me of Drumheller,... except not quite this dry!

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I spent five days in the Canadian badlands earlier this year with a fraternity brother. Every day we'd hike until we ran out of Gatorade.

Man, we ate like kings, drank exotic drink, etc. My companion was LDS, so when we cracked a bottle of sparkling apple juice, somebody else asked if we were celebrating. He replied that we just got married and this was our honeymoon.

I will admit that something that annoyed me was the endless stream of people showing up, setting up a single tent, then returning four days later when the May Long Weekend started with a huge trailer or camper.

Always the wit, that Blue. Sadly, he's moving to Ottawa for a year.

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Hi Canadian! Speaking of badlands, I will be heading up to Goblin Valley in the fall when it cools a bit. It's called Goblin Valley because of all the hoodoos and goblin shapes in the rocks.
So, THAT's how people get the good sites? hmmm...

Thanks, BCTB and Hike in Van! It was 110 degrees and I was beginning to feel it pretty good coming up through my shoes! Any pics of Drumheller? sounds great! I get pretty lucky out here stumbling on all kinds of wierd rocks and geology. I should someday take a course to see what all this geo is about!

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As usual Rented Mule, thumbs up for the pictures. We want more... [8D]
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BUMP! 5yrs ago to the day, spectacular report as always. Always nice to read your reports from these types of places that are so different than here.



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Nice....lots of hiking with very few hills!
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