Redo! San Raphael Swell

Day 4 – 23 May: Yesterday I promised to do better in the picture department, when in a spectacular photo environment. We are on a vacation, doing what we want, so when Patty suggested we have a do-over and retrace our steps from yesterday, I readily agreed. We backtracked over much of the San Raphael Swell – a huge area that simply bubbled up out of the earth. The result is the earth’s crust is pushed up in ‘bubble-like’ fashion – the outer edge is like dominoes standing propped up at a crazy angle and the angle decreases as you move inward until, in the center, there is no angle to the rock layers at all.

San Raphael Reef where I-70 cuts through

San Raphael Reef where I-70 cuts through

I took lots of pictures and show only a few here. I will set up a gallery, for those who would like to browse through all of them. That will be added to this post as I find the time – it is simply too late tonight to learn something else about setting up a blog. For now I will publish a shot from each lookout along I-70, in the direction from West to East – the direction we drove yesterday.

Flowers overlooking Eagle Canyon

Flowers overlooking Eagle Canyon

Eagle Canyon Bridge - a difficult engineering task along I-70

Eagle Canyon Bridge – a difficult engineering task along I-70

Ghost Rock

Ghost Rock – showing caves and tunnels

Secret Mesa

Secret Mesa – view from north side of I-70, across from Ghost Rock

Spotted Wolf Canyon – opposite side of San Raphael Reef cut for I-70

Spotted Wolf Canyon – opposite side of San Raphael Reef cut for I-70

Book Cliffs

Book Cliffs – outside Thompson Springs, UT

These last two pictures were taken east of Green River, UT and the San Raphael Swell.

The Book Cliffs, however, are part of ancient upheavals in this land.

Mt. Waas

Mt. Waas, viewed from I-70 and located SE of Moab, UT

Even-FedEx-wants-a-TeslaEven the FedEx person wants in on the Tesla action. Rolf stopped us while we were charging at the Green River supercharger – there was another Tesla there in the most desolate location I have seen yet. He owns a Prius and an electric bike and would like to contribute more to reducing his carbon footprint.

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