Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mom's Cafe

Mom's Cafe (Salina) - Utah  2016

Mom's Cafe (Salina) - Utah  1993

. . . in 2016 (top) and 1993 (bottom). Notice changes made in the lettering on the side.

It even comes with your typical contradictory Yelp reviews!

#1) I don't know what happened next, but it was all a food coma induced, taste bud blowing moment. The potato salad was indeed homemade and everything I knew it would be. My chicken fingers came with corn and real mashed potatoes with homemade gravy...and that scone. Now that scone isn't like the hard nasty pastry you get from Starbucks. This thing was made from scratch with love...lots of love and then fried ever so slightly to perfection. It could have been mixed with mashed potatoes and gravy or had blueberries put on it. So versatile! I know, because I had all of the above with [it].

#2) Mom's is an apt name, because the restaurant seemed to be populated entirely by shrieking children and crying babies. Judging from the other reviews, ordering the scone is the thing to do but, alas, sometimes you see the other reviews too late. The breakfast menu is about as limited and uninspired as a breakfast menu can be and the abandoned food on neighboring tables looked heavy and bland: limpid eggs, pyramids of barely-touched biscuits and gravy that had the color of volcanic ash and the consistency of a blood clot.

Someday I must actually go in and order a scone.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Salina Sightems - 2 (1993)

Pamela Theater (Salina) - Utah   1993

Town We Live In (Salina) - Utah  1993

Photos taken with a Minolta Maxxum 35mm camera.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Salina Sightems - 1

Holly's Pantry (Salina) - Utah  2016

4 Way Pawn (Salina) - Utah  2016

Mike got off the freeway in Salina to explore, if only for a short time, downtown Salina, since he had been there before. Unbeknownst to him, however, was the fact that he was supposed to pick up Highway 50 at this point. But, since that fact was unbeknownst, he did his little photo stuff, then got back on Highway 70, not heading in the wrong direction exactly, but not going where he had intended.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Cow Blogging

Cow - Utah  2016

Crossing the road near Canyonlands National Park.

Hm. I seem to recall an earlier cow-crossing-the-road incident, although in a different part of Utah.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Highway 70 West

Highway 70 West - Utah  2016

The last three days of the trip were driving days: Moab, Utah to Ely, Nevada; Ely to Reno, and lastly, Reno to Fairfax.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Moab Sightems

River Trips (Moab) - Utah  2016

Backyard Theater (Moab) - Utah  2016

Actually, once you've driven the highways crisscrossing Utah's desert country, it might make sense to charter some sort of guided trip into the backcountry.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Green River View

Green River View (Canyonlands NP) - Utah  2016

Green River (Canyonlands NP) - Utah  2016

Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere."



Clouds, cloud shadows. Thank goodness.

This scene is much like Bryce Canyon: hard to convey in a photo.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Canyonlands Sightems

Catchbasins, View (Canyonlands NP) - Utah  2016

Rainwater (Canyonlands NP) - Utah  2016

Catch basins and Fritos and Beer.

Fritos and Beer (Canyonlands NP) - Utah  2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Island in the Sky (Canyonlands National Park)

Road (Canyonlands NP) - Utah  2016

Grass, Clouds (Canyonlands NP) - Utah  2016

Mike had been to Canyonlands National Park before, in 2012 and in 1996, when he visited the "Needles" section, out of Monticello:

Slickrock Hike

Canyonlands - Views

This year he visited the more northern section called "Island in the Sky:" an elongated mesa high above a vast desert wilderness.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

After viewing both iconic arches, Mike felt that their names should possibly be reversed. This arch seems more delicate than Delicate Arch, and Delicate Arch seems somehow more landscape-y.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Bunny Blogging

Rabbit (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

Very well hidden! Taken during Mike's hike to Delicate Arch, in Arches National Park.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

A weird, lovely, fantastic object out of nature, like Delicate Arch, has the curious ability to remind us — like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness — that out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men as sea and sky sustain a ship.  The shock of the real.  For a little while we are again able to see, as a child sees, a world of marvels.  For a few moments we discover that nothing can be taken for granted, for if this ring of stone is marvelous all which shaped it is marvelous, and our journey here on earth, able to see and touch and hear in the midst of tangible and mysterious things-in-themselves, is the most strange and daring of all adventures.

- Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Saturday, June 18, 2016

From the Air

Air Tours (Moab) - Utah  2016

Mike didn't take any air tours, but he was at least able to enjoy the incessant buzzing of this little plane circling around Arches.

Airplane (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Delicate Arch Hike

Road (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

Desert Plants (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

Hiking up to Delicate Arch on an overcast late winter day. Nice light.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Junipers (Arches National Park)

Juniper (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

Juniper, Rock Wall (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

Most of the attention in this part of the country is paid to the rock formations and the impressive views there. However, Mike quite enjoyed the desert trees and plants to be found in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Arches National Park

Landmarks (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

Toyota (Arches NP) - Utah  2016

Made famous by Edward Abbey's "Desert Solitaire, " the book detailing his experiences as a park ranger there.

Although it initially garnered little attention, it would eventually be recognized as an iconic work of nature writing and a staple of early environmentalist writing, and brought Abbey critical acclaim and popularity as a writer of environmental, political, and philosophical issues.

Two iPhone photos.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Sports Bar (Moab) - Utah  2016

Motel Parking Lot (Moab) - Utah  2016

Mike stayed at the Comfort Inn in Moab, in a large and fairly luxurious room. Odd contrast between the furnishings inside and the desert landscape outside.

Plus, waffles for breakfast!

Waffle (Moab) - Utah  2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Horse Blogging

Horses (Henrieville) - Utah  2016

Google Street View, for the overall picture. Taken on the way to Escalante.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

. . . from the archives #94: Highways 70 & 191 - Utah 1993

Highways 70, 191 - Utah  1993

Moab is some miles off to the right.

Top: Photo taken in 1993 from the rest stop just before the 70/191 junction. Film.

Below: Photo taken in 2016 from the same rest stop. Digital

Highway 191, La Sal Mountains - Utah 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Green River Sightems

William Harrison (Green River) - Utah  2016

Bible Church (Green River) - Utah  2016

Mike finally reached Interstate 70 and drove east towards Moab. Stopped for gas and lunch in Green River.

The William Harrison billboards were part of a marketing study.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Driving Through Capitol Reef

Toyota (Capitol Reef NP) - Utah  2016

Capitol Reef National Park. Years ago I tried to camp here, but all campgrounds were full, even mid-week. Ever since then I've harbored certain negative feelings about the place.

It's nice enough, I guess. iPhone photo, BTW.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Boulder Mountain Aspens

Aspens, Fences, Snow - Utah  2016

Pine, Aspens, Snow - Utah  2016

Again, as a point of contrast, please refer back to my October pictures taken at the same spot.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Boulder Mountain Snow

Road, Snow (Boulder Mtn.) - Utah  2016

Toyota, Snow (Boulder Mtn.) - Utah  2016

Yes, there was snow, but the road had been cleared and was driveable. But Mike took it pretty slow.

He stopped at this viewpoint before, in 2012. But that was in autumn.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Leaving Escalante

Buildings, Cliffs - Utah  2016

House, Cliffs - Utah  2016

When Mike had first started planning his Utah trip his original thought had been to go to Zion, Bryce and Escalante, then return. But then, the more he thought about it . . .

As long as he was driving so far, why not drive over to Moab and visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks? Yes, fine. That was the plan.

So as he left Escalante he set off on Highway 12 past pastoral Utah tableaus towards the mountains that he was sure were covered in snow.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Goat Blogging

Goat (Escalante) - Utah  2016

The goat kept trying to eat the plastic flowers in the pot.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Escalante - 4

Escalante River (Grand Staircase NM) - Utah  2016

Branches (Grand Staircase NM) - Utah  2016

A jaunt over to visit the Escalante River at the Calf Creek trailhead (still winter, obviously) and then . . . laundry!

Laundromat (Escalante) - Utah  2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Escalante - 3

Dead End (Escalante) - Utah  2016

Motel (Escalante) - Utah  2016

Really wasn't that gloomy. However, there was some heavy rain during the night, leading Mike to worry about snow in the mountainous terrain outside of town.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Escalante - 2

Highway 12 (Escalante) - Utah  2016

Bluffs, Clouds (Escalante) - Utah  2016

Actually it never really rained but once, and that was late at night. But the skies were certainly threatening.