Tag Archives: Utah

Sacred Datura – Datura wrightii – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Sacred Datura, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (12/06/2016.) Scientific name is Datura wrightii. Photo below was taken in Moab, UT on Aug 29, 2016. Go to the Sacred Datura detail page for more information and photos.

Sacred Datura, Sacred Thorn-apple, Indian Apple, Angel Trumpet - Datura wrightii

Sacred Datura – Datura wrightii

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Wyoming Paintbrush – Castilleja linariifolia – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Wyoming Paintbrush, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/05/2016.) Scientific name is Castilleja linariifolia. Photo below was taken in Arches National Park in Grand County, UT on Aug 29, 2016. Go to the Wyoming Paintbrush detail page for more information and photos.

Wyoming Paintbrush, Narrow-leaved Indian Paintbrush, Desert Paintbrush - Castilleja linariifolia

Wyoming Paintbrush – Castilleja linariifolia

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#RV Journal: A Trip Out West, Part Three (Moab, Utah to Boise, Idaho)

In the previous post, my second trip report, I covered the territory from Stillwater, Colorado outside the Rocky Mountain National Park to Moab, Utah, where we visited Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. This third report covers the three days we spent getting on into Boise to visit the family. We’d enjoyed Utah so far, and were interested to see what else it presented to us before we crossed into southern Idaho, on the homestretch to Boise.

Utah Desert and US191

As we traveled US191 through the middle of Utah, it was very much a desert scene.

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#RV Journal: A Trip Out West, Part Two (Stillwater, Colorado to Moab, Utah)

In the previous post, I reported on the trip segment from Flintstone, GA through the Rocky Mountain National Park on our way to Boise, Idaho. We had traversed five states and part of Colorado. I’ll pick up the story as we get ready to depart Stillwater Campground on Lake Granby, Colorado, excited about heading to Moab, Utah. We begin with the 6th day of our adventure, in Stillwater, Colorado.

Trip Map Flintstone to Boise

Trip Map Flintstone to Boise

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Common Sunflower – Helianthus annuus – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Common Sunflower, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/19/2016.) Scientific name is Helianthus annuus.  Photo below was taken in Ellis County, KS on Aug 24, 2016. Go to the Common Sunflower detail page for more information and photos.

Common Sunflower, Kansas Sunflower, Mirasol - Helianthus annuus

Common Sunflower – Helianthus annuus

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#RV Journal: Cottonwood Campground, Willard Bay State Park, Perry, UT

Location / Name: Cottonwood Campground, Willard Bay State Park, Perry, UT

Date: 08/30-31//2016 (2 nights)

The Cottonwood Campground, Willard Bay State Park, Perry, UT is a bit under 300 miles from Moab, so it was our next stop on our August 2016 trip to Boise. It was in the right location and had power for our air conditioning, so that became my target. I didn’t make reservations. When I checked on our last night in Moab I discovered that I couldn’t make next-day reservations, but checking the following day, 31 of 35 sites were available, so I figured a walk-up would be a safe bet. En route we decided to stay 2 nights instead of one so we’d have a chance to check out the neighborhood (40 miles north of Salt Lake City.) A check-in with our daughter, who was expecting us on Wednesday, cleared us to stay that extra day.

Willard Bay State Park

Sunset over Willard Bay at Willard Bay State Park

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#RV Journal: OK RV Park, Moab UT

Location / Name: OK RV Park, 3310 Spanish Valley Trail, Moab, UT

Date: 08/27-29/2016 (3 nights)

Moab, UT is a town I wanted to visit on our trip so we could see Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and it was around my 300 mile travel day target from our prior stop in Granby, CO. I Googled for some campgrounds, and the location, price, and reviews for OK RV Park were on target. I didn’t make reservations before the start of our journey (although I had a reserved night that I didn’t use in Arches National Park – it was too hot to do without air conditioning), but I called from Stillwater Campground in Granby, CO on the 26th, and reserved 2 nights. My wife and I had decided we’d go for a bit longer day than originally planned and not move one day anyway – I was ready for a layover, and my wife was a bit under the weather. When we spent the first night and then the 28th in Canyonlands National Park, we decided to drop the Arches reservation. OK was able to accommodate us for an extra day, so we were here for 3 nights.,

Sunset at OK RV Park, Moab, UT

Sunset at OK RV Park, Moab, UT

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