|Onions and Sugar Cane||Plants|
Filled three of the four beds with various short day onions since I bought 2 extra bunches. Lost the sugar cane over last winter so went to the syrup making day today and got more. Brought back a red and a green variety. But the red in the raised bed that doesnt have onions and the green in the row bed much closer to the house so it gets more light. There is also a stalk of red in the row bed. Neither location is ideal but just trying to get it to grow again.
Put off planting onions yesterday for hours. Instead trimmed a lot of the trees, the pineapple guavas and ripped out the three eastern most grapevines. The vines are 13 years old? Really? And just dont produce grapes. They are in the shade too much. The trellis is falling down because the anchor at one end is coming loose so there is no point in keeping them.
Not sure they are really 13 years old. There is a Welder tag but the database says that one is a Carlos. Welder is a grape similar to Carlos so maybe I just assumed later it was Carlos. No idea what the first one in the row was but it was different.
The mayhaw by the blueberries is dead. However it works as a trellis for the luffa that volunteers every year. The rosemary is over run with goldenrod and all but dead. A limb seems to have rooted but the main stem is done as of the cold last year.
Still having problems with poison ivy all over the place. Its in the Azaleas, is under the grapes, its under the pineapple guavas.
Restricted dovecot access via AWs to verizon address because people are pounding on the server.
After leaving Capitol Reef stopped to see Pando on the way to Salt Lake City. Pando is a 160 acre aspen tree with hundreds of trunks but they are all one single organism. Which gives it both the largest tree by weight and the largest tree by landmass, and is also the largest known aspen clone, while General Sherman from the beginning of the vacation is the worlds largest single stem tree.
When I turned in the rental car had driven 1855 miles from L.A. to Salt Lake City, though California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. First time in Nevada and really the first time in Utah since the previous time had only been when I went to 4 Corners.
|Annular Eclipse||Astronomy, Photos, Vacation2023|
The whole point of the vacation was to be somewhere I could see the annular eclipse. That looked like southern Utah for the best weather and fewest clouds because as Craig says I have PTSD over the traffic from the last eclipse.
Bought a new camera, and a Intervalometer (it takes scheduled pictures on its own) and a tripod. Built a solar filter for the camera. The parking lot was full when we arrived but all those people apparently went to the sunrise view point, more came after we got there and they were parked along the road. We go the last spot in the actual lot.
Hiked all that up to the natural bridge before dawn, watching the sun rise over the rocks behind us. Set it everything to take photos. There were a few clouds but they were not an issue. Dont like how any of the photos with the new set up turned out. All the photos are from the old camera and the cell phone. They are of the eclipse you just cant tell.
|Capital Reef National Park||Photos, Vacation2023|
It was 30 degrees so was going to wear the jeans. Had the camel pack leak all over them over night. Stupid hotel laundry doesn't open till something like 9am. Dried them as best I could with the iron. Still got to Capital Reef before dawn. Hiked a mile as the sun rose to Hickman Natural Bridge to wait for the eclipse. Were not the first people there. After the eclipse visited the rest of the park. Some old Mormon settlements, a few petroglyphs, some fruit orchards were you could pick and eat apples off the trees. Red Delicious were ripe and had one for lunch. Clearly crowded because of the eclipse. Thought we were done and rather disappointed with the park itself but then stopped at the couple of trails we passed on the way in before the visitor center which is where they hide the good scenery. Hiked both the Goosenecks and Sunset Point Trails.
|Bryce Canyon||Photos, Vacation2023|
Bryce Canyon is amazing. You need to go to Bryce Canyon. Walked the Rim trail from Bryce Point to Sunrise point. Every view is amazing. Then drove out to Rainbow Point. Also went to the Mossy Cave waterfall.
|Grand Canyon, North Rim||Photos, Vacation2023|
Now Ive been to both rims of the canyon. There is a lot less development on the north rim, a lot less. Its and hour drive through absolutely nothing to get there and once there there isnt a lot going on but hiking and cabins.
Took and hour long mule ride along the rim. Wanted to do the 3 hour down into the canyon but forgot to make reservations. Craig pointed out his back might not have handled the 3 hour so the hour was fine. Walked out to Bright Angel Point where the was a king snake. Drove out and stopped at Cape Royal for the trail, Angels Window, the Walhalla overlook and the Pueblos nearby, Roosevelt Point and Point Imperial.
Grand Canyon North Rim photos
|Zion National Park||Photos, Vacation2023|
Wanted to get to Zion National Park early because I was concerned about parking.
Walked all over Zion. Pa'rus Trail, Riverside Walk, Grotto Trail and Weeping Rock Trail.
Still have blisters. Zion is good, not sure its national park level good.
Left via the Tunnel Drive headed to Kanab.
|Las Vegas||Vacation2023, Photos|
Forced to stay in Las Vegas for two nights. Walked halfway down the strip the first night. Lost a dollar to a slot machine. Went to Fort Las Vegas, an old Mormon fort, the Natural History Museum, the Atomic Museum, the Mob Museum a Veterans Memorial (to kill time) and the Neon Museum. Late Tuesday night saw Cirque du Soleil show, Love with Beatles music.
Don't need to go back to Las Vegas.
Had to drive after that to Zion. Got to the hotel in Hurricane around 2:30am, with a time change.