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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Escalante Earth Day


What better place to spend Earth Day than the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, where many amazing discoveries have come from the Earth.

Created in 1996 by departing President Bill Clinton and managed by the Bureau of Land Management this Grand Staircase represents 135 million years of Earth history.

The diverse geology includes many exposed sedimentary layers on top of the Page sandstone seen near Glen Canyon Dam. Tidal mud, windblown sand, lakes, streams and rivers followed by more sand until 94 million years ago when covered by a shallow sea.

About 145 million years ago towards the end of the Jurassic Period, the climate became more humid. Many dinosaur fossils have been discovered in the Morrison Formation from the period.

The visitor center is small yet provides great displays and knowledgeable people.

I’m so blown away by all the beautiful places I’ve visited in the last week. And I’m feeling mentally and physically exhausted. So I don’t feel like this post is up to snuff, and it’s going out anyway. The journey’s not quite over, so I hope you’ll stop by updates.

17 comments:

Sally in WA said...

I am enjoying your trip and the accompanying pictures. Happy Earth Day!

Tammie Lee said...

Your photos, these skies are so amazing. You could link this post to SkyWatch Friday and meet lots of wonderful folks around the world. They post pictures of skies on Friday and visit one another, just a thought.

Martha said...

This is on my must see list. Every new Elderhostel catalog I look for a program here but the timing is never right. Soon. Thank you for reminding me not to put it off too long.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am quite blown away by all these posts too Gaelyn and I thank you for them from the bottom of my heart. It is greatly appreciated. You should take a day off, sit on a rock and watch the world go by to revive. Listen to the silence, it is a good way to find your soul again. :)

Natural Moments said...

Southern Utah, The Four Corners Region, All of Arizona.....Just so much to take in and to love. Just unbelievable in so many ways, from the wildlife to the geology, to the mountains, to the desert, to the canyons. I am all over it. I am so happy that you are out there Gaelyn enjoying what the earth has to show us all.

Ruth said...

I think you have shared six months worth of posts in a short time. But the trip has been excellent! Take care of yourself.

Karen said...

You are a sneak! The pictures are wonderful. The colors of the earth and sky in them look like the colors of the fabric I bought yesterday. No wonder I liked it so much.

Diane C. said...

Awesome scenic photos! The clouds are fantastic, thanks for sharing :)

Louise said...

We've been BY here lots of times, but never stopped. We hit one place in the area every summer, so this will have to be one summer.

Susie of Arabia said...

These would have been great shots for SkyWatch too! The landscapes are awesome and so are the skies. I didn't know this was in Arizona! It was established after I moved away... so thanks!

Babooshka said...

So vast. Love virtual traveling, but this is something else like a road movie.

Babooshka said...

So vast. Love virtual traveling, but this is something else like a road movie.

Janie said...

This looks familiar, since we were just there a month ago. I see all the snow is gone.

postcardsfromwildwood said...

Thanks for sharing your Earth Day with us. Excalante sounds like a rfascinating place. And you got some beautiful sky shots there!
Janice.

mountain.mama said...

Escalante is such a great place to visit and you got some really god pics.

Quiet Paths said...

That is one grande sky scape for sure! I've really enjoyed your posts but I can imagine you are getting weary.

RuthieJ said...

Ooh, Gaelyn, that huge fossil is so cool! What a beautiful place.

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