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Our Time In Moab – Part 1

By , May 19, 2010 8:49 pm

Arches National Park

Note: There will probably be several entries for Moab, there’s just TOO much for one post.

We arrived in Moab, UT on Sunday, May 9th.  We got checked into the OK RV Park in very little time and immediately headed to…

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We stopped at a few of the parking areas, including Balanced Rock and Fiery Furnace…

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IMG_2384In spite of the area pretty much being a desert, we saw plenty of interesting flowers.

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But, it wasn’t until we got to Sand Dune Arch that we really started to have some fun!

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Unfortunately, Sand Dune Arch is very well named… the wind started whipping up a bit and turned the entire area into a giant sandblaster (my zoom lens on my camera still makes little grinding noises because of the sand in it). 🙁

So, we booked out of there and headed on to Devil’s Kitchen, which happens to be the home of the famous Landscape Arch.

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Landscape Arch is the longest freestanding natural arch known (according to the Natural Arch and Bridge Society).  The last large chunk of it fell in 1991, which is when the Park Service closed the trail that runs underneath it.  I’m not sure it’s going to be an arch for too much longer. :S  BTW… it’s a pretty decent hike out to the arch.  It was hot and we were tired when we got back to the Jeep.  So, it was time to go off-road! 🙂

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Dasy didn’t have quite as much fun as I did, but she managed. 😉

We headed up Salt Valley Road to see Tower Arch, but somehow managed to take a wrong turn, so we missed that one.  Fortunately, that meant we had over 9 miles of off-road trail to cover before returning to pavement. 🙂

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Note: That is steeper than it looks.  This is with “new Jeep”, which is completely unmodified other than a new front bumper.  Also, my air compressor broke, so I couldn’t deflate the tires.  Someone was a little nervous. 😉

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But, we eventually made it back to Balanced Rock without even scraping anything.  The sun was just starting to descend, which made the color in the rocks really come out.

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By then, we were pretty much cooked.  That about wraps it up for our day at Arches National Park.   I included a video at the end of this post, but it’s mostly the off-road driving portion.  Enjoy!

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New Orleans Performers

By , April 30, 2010 10:15 pm

Dasy reminded me that she shot some video of a couple of the performers in New Orleans and I forgot to included it on the last entry.  So, without further ado: 

If you prefer, click for a direct link to the video on YouTube.

Shuttle video

By , April 7, 2010 7:10 am

The shuttle video is uploaded… It’s not very good, I’m still a complete n00b at video. Even with a tri-pod, I’m close to useless. 😉

Feel free to open the video directly in YouTube for HD and other options.

Fun with Zip Lines

By , August 20, 2009 12:01 pm

The day we arrived in Gatlinburg, we went zip lining with the family at Zip Gatlinburg.  I had the camcorder and got some decent shots of everyone on the lines.  I had to strap it to my wrist, so I didn’t get any good shots of me zipping, but I tossed in one very jerky clip just for kicks.  The video is about 5 minutes, shot at various resolutions.  I’m still figuring out how my camera, video software and Youtube interact, so there it’s letterboxed.  I think it’s actually YouTube that’s doing that, as the rendered video is fine.  I may swap this out for the Blip.Tv player if it’s any better once this is uploaded.

Mountain Roads

By , August 18, 2009 1:01 pm

If you’re curious what it’s like to drive a 30-foot RV up and down a mountain road, I made a short video of our trip down the mountain from the cabin in Tennessee.  It’s shaky, as the camera was being hand-held, but it’ll give you some idea of what you can do with an RV if there isn’t anyone in the way. 😉

If the player doesn’t show up properly here, you can go here to access the original on blip.tv.

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