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    Great Pics Jim ! You have me ready to move out west for sure ! Looks so Beautiful !!
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    I've been working a lot around my son's house in SLC making a retaining wall and some related improvements. But today 27 May 2020 took time off to play some golf at nearby Old Mill Golf Course. Nice public course in the foothills with great views and a lot of vertical change in some of the holes. This was the first time I played golf in Utah. Naturally I borrowed my son's clubs. Some time I have to make a dedicated post about all the toys I've borrowed from him this winter/spring:-) Downtown SLC is in the far right background to the north. First hole, looking west: Mtn view, ridge to left is entrance to Big Cottonwood Canyon, ridge in background is entrance to Little Cottonwood Canyon. Regarding social distancing, I paid in advance online. Reported at first tee no more than 15 mins before tee time. No practice green and no driving range allowed, made it tough since I hadn't played since last year. Played with three others I did not previously know. They were friends with each other, but not family and each drove their own golf cart. I carried my bag and walked, nine holes only, in two hours flat. $15. Good time, pretty day. I didn't score well, but had a enough good shots to bring me back again in the near future:-)
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    A couple photos from recent days: Sunset over Salt Lake Valley Three tractors in Granite, UT 17 May 2020, Had an unusual double activity today, first time to do biking and snowshoeing on the same day. Went bike riding on the Jordan River Trail in the AM from about mile 25 to 30 and back. This was mostly through the town of Murray, UT. Lots of tight turns in the trail with many Sunday strollers and a suburban/urban feel. Not so great for riding, but still interesting. I took it slow on the mountain bike. Scenic pond beside the trail in Murray. It's so weird to still see plenty of snow in the Wasatch, while it's been over 70 degrees in the valley almost every day for the last month or more. Amphitheatre waiting for an audience. Family of geese, there were three chicks hiding in the grass. Believe this is a cormorant bird, stays under the water for 10-20 secs at a time looking for food. It's a medium large black bird. It's been very warm and dry for over a month here. This was a fresh, but small brush fire beside the trail. Then around 4PM my wife and I went snowshoeing up at Guardsman Pass near Brighton ski area in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Temps went from 82 in the valley to 64 degs up on the pass. The road over Guardsman Pass to Park City was still closed and when we came to the closure gate at about 9000' there was a good 2-3' of snow on the road. It was a good place to snowshoe...in shorts Representing Washington DC sports teams. This is a panoramic photo of the upper part of BCC. Brighton ski area is to the left, Solitude is to the right. Lots of snow cover still on north exposures.
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    Wicked cool! https://www.wcax.com/content/news/New-Hamsphire-high-school-plans-ski-lift-graduation-570499291.html
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    On May 7 Salt Lake County, UT moved to "Moderate Risk" with respect to public health orders. For retired recreationalists like my wife and I that meant we were free to venture farther from home for sightseeing and such, while still practicing the 6' social distancing rule. At the same time many state and national parks in Utah are reopening. So yesterday, 13 May 2020, we decided to take a very scenic, but long day-trip to Goblin Valley State Park. As the crow flies, it's about 50 miles west of Moab in southeastern Utah. The roundtrip for us was over 400 miles! But it was a low stress and very rural route and the weather was great with a mix of sun and clouds. The highest temps we experienced were in the state park where it was about 80 degrees. Driving over Soldier Summit (elev 7477') it was in the high 50's. From our location near SLC this trip was a lot of driving, but when we got there I just about lost my mind with photo opportunities. This place was one of the weirder geological oddities I've ever seen with thousands of sandstone goblins or hoodoos ranging from 5' to 500' in height. It felt like you were in the middle of a giant sand castle that was going through a slow motion act of creation and erosion all at once. It seemed so crazy-fragile, like only compacted dust was holding up giant, round sandstone boulders weighing thousands of pounds. I couldn't believe we tourists were allowed to scramble all over every inch of the place. Parts of it would crumble underfoot or turn to dust when you scratched it with your fingernail. This was the place where some boy scouts got into trouble back in 2014 for pushing one of the formations over: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-scouts-leaders-who-knocked-over-ancient-rock-get-probation-n56596 I can see that someday they will have to manage visitors and keep folks to a designated path, but for now it's the wild west. Sorry for the big photo blast, but I can't help posting a couple dozen pictures. Goblin Valley State Park, UT is really wild! IF YOU CLICK ON THESE PHOTOS THEY WILL ENLARGE. Prelude: Driving from SLC to Goblin Valley SP includes about a 125 mile stretch of US 6 from Provo to Green River, UT. This is desolate, but wide open country that I find relaxing to drive. This is a train near Soldier Summit, notice the greenish dirt in the left hillside? Does it have copper in it? US 6 cuts through Price Canyon east of Provo. The big rock in upper center is called Balance Rock. This is on the outskirts of Helper, UT. Entering Goblin Valley State Park. By this point the weather turned beautiful. The first mind-blowing sight in the park is The Three Sisters formation. I guess these are about 100' tall. Another angle. This is a view of Goblin Valley from the observation point parking lot. There is a couple square mile area to explore here. Many of those "goblins" are the size of a large house. Looking north from the middle of the valley. It's a wild place to take a stroll and you probably wouldn't want to be here in the middle of the summer - too hot and dry. Three baby sisters? Precariously perched rock. This place seemed so fragile, like you could topple that rock with a couple karate chops to the belt. This looked like some sort of time portal... and reminded me of an old Star Trek episode. This girl was super excited. It was like the world's largest playground/sandbox. This cave piqued my curiosity. View from the inside. My wife was also captivated by Goblin Valley State Park. Obligatory shameless tourist photo. There were about 40 other people exploring the valley with us. Social distancing was easy. We brought our own food and only stopped once for gas on the trip. The land of giant mushrooms. This is in another part of the park near a campground. I called this no-see-ums hill because some kind of insect bit me three times here. It felt like a mild bee sting, but I couldn't see what did it. These yurts are normally rentable for overnight stays, but they were not available due to covid. This is a panorama shot of part of Goblin Valley. Very cool place. Not sure if this video will work: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMJt9EH3Kwk6qT2k3sQBm5Uq5HZ_0VPGYZe4VkB
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    5//9/20, I continued my exploration of the Jordan River Trail (JRT) today. I rode 15 miles from mile 11 to about mile 3.5 and back again. This is a very beautiful section of the JRT about 30 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City and about 15 miles north of Provo, UT. This is a view looking to the east of Thanksgiving Point Golf Club near Lehi, UT. The JRT crosses that bridge in center and goes to the right (south). There is still snow in the mountains all around the Salt Lake Valley. This is the view to the west. It was another beautiful 70 degree day in the area.
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    First long ride (9 miles). I am dead. That is all I havee(9 .
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    Let me know if you can't see photos. Thanks. 2 APR 20, My son the veteran took me the rookie for a bit of skinning action today in Little Cottonwood Canyon at Alta, UT.I've done downhill skiing for over 50 years and dabbled in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for almost as long. But this was my first day of skinning in alpine touring equipment. I used my own downhill boots and an extra pair of downhill skis (Volkl Ones, 186cms length, 116mm width) with AT bindings that my son loaned me. He set me up with a pretty heavy rig, but we only did two climbs at Alta; 1) to the top of the Albion Double Chair liftline, and 2) a shorter, but steeper climb from the Wildcat Base to Lower Rustler. It was a beautiful day on the mountain with blue skies and about 4-5" of new snow. There might have been a hundred cars in the Albion lot, but people were very dispersed and trail traffic was light. For our climb up the Albion liftline I saw about three skiers, two snowshoers, one hiker, and two tobogganers.The veteran and the rookie. This is what it's all about! And good motivation during our first climb. The veteran displays his climbing technique. Devil's Castle is still there. What a beautiful day! Albion liftline skiing. View from Wildcat Base. We climbed up the intermediate run to right a short way and then caught lower Rustler to left. This photo gives a sense of the number of cars in the parking lot beside the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge at about 1PM. Traversing over to Lower Rustler. Mission accomplished. It was sad driving by a very lonely looking Snowbird resort. My conclusion about skinning is that it's a whole lot of shuffling for relatively little schussing. But skiing is skiing and it felt good to get out there 20 days after my last lift served day Bonus shot my son took of me:

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