Category Archives: Utah

State of Dust Tracks: 2014 Edition

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Dust Tracks was founded (in its current form) on 24 March 2011. At the time, we were still living in Alaska, gearing up for our move back to the American southeast. I wanted to reboot my blog before this major … Continue reading

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Uta stansburiana (Side-blotched Lizard), 09 June 2011

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This is the final post in our little Lizard Run of December 2012 on Dust Tracks. After this post, we’ll head back to Georgia and play a bit with local fauna and also probably also the birds of the southeast … Continue reading

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Sceloporus tristichus (Plateau Lizard), 10 June 2011

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This is an identification that should be taken with a grain of assault, or grain of salt, or whatever that old saying is. Heh. As best I can tell, I think this might be a Plateau lizard, Sceloporus tristichus. I’ve … Continue reading

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Aspidoscelis velox (Plateau Striped Whiptail), 09 June 2011

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I’m a bit delayed, but here’s the second post for today. It’s another member of Family Teiidae, the whiptails! Rah! This is, I believe, a plateau striped whiptail, Aspidoscelis velox, photographed near Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah on 09 … Continue reading

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Aspidoscelis tigris (Western Whiptail), 10 June 2011

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Today I’m itching to get back to some of the Utah lizards I encountered in June of 2011. For the most part, I was a complete newbie –aka “noob,” for you younger folken– to these species when I rolled through … Continue reading

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah; 11 June 2011

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Bryce Canyon National Park was one of many, many memorable stops during my 2011 solo-drive from Alaska to Florida (see an index of AK2FL posts here). I finally came to Bryce Canyon on Day 12 of the trip (mile 4604), … Continue reading

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AK2FL One Year Later: Utah

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Five photographs from Utah one-year-after the cross-continent summer trip of 2011. These photographs were originally processed with Apple’s Aperture application and have been heavily edited with Snapseed on the iPad for this post. Original live-blog posts from summer 2011 can … Continue reading

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Project Noah!

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Indeed, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time playing around with these emerging “citizen science” websites. A couple posts back, I talked a bit about iNaturalist.org, a fantastic ¬†website for cataloging and sharing flora and fauna observations. Turns out … Continue reading

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Arches National Park, 08 June 2011

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As previously noted, I’m in the midst of building my iNaturalist life list. This will likely take a few years to complete. Heh. I’ve got a lot of material to cover… Right now I’m working on the lizards I encountered … Continue reading

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Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky District (10 June 2011)

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Ah yes, and now we come to Island in the Sky, the northern region of Canyonlands National Park. The main access in this part of the park is a massive, giant mesa elevated 1,000 feet above the lower climes. The … Continue reading

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Canyonlands National Park: The Needles District (09 June 2011)

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On Day 10 of my tour from Alaska to Florida, I explored the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Canyonlands is, to put it mildly, massive. The three most-visited areas of the park are the Needles, the Maze, … Continue reading

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Arches National Park, Utah; 08 June 2011

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Arches National Park: an almighty, overwhelming, epic, and towering can of geologic whoop-ass. That’s my official, high-brow response to the park four months after my first visit. You know, as I work my way back through these summer 2011 photographs, … Continue reading

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US-191 in Utah, 08 June 2011

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After clearing Idaho and the persistent overcast skies of the week prior, I finally found clear skies in Utah on Day 09 of the drive from Alaska to Florida. I can’t describe how awesome it was to finally break into … Continue reading

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Uta stansburiana at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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Finally, a lizard I can actually identify! Above is a male side-blotched lizard, Uta stansburiana, photographed on 10 June 2011 at Canyonlands National Park in the Island in the Sky district. The small turquoise spots are somewhat a give-away for … Continue reading

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Flashback: The 2011 Drive from Alaska to Florida

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Going through and posting the Utah lizard photographs these past few days made me realize a few things. First, I know next to nothing about the lizards of Utah and Arizona. Second, I’m sitting on a ridiculous amount of photographs … Continue reading

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Sceloporus at Canyonlands, I think

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We come to Lizard #3 in our Arid-Lizards-I-Can’t-Positively-Identify micro-series. This is an adult lizard photographed at Canyonlands National park on 09 June 2011. More specifically this was in the Needles region of Canyonlands a little after nine in the morning. … Continue reading

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A Little Lizard at Arches National Park, Utah (2011)

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(NOTE: An update from December 2011 follows!) Our second lizard for the mini-series is an absolute mystery to me. I haven’t been able to identify or classify this one, though I believe it may be a member of either Family … Continue reading

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Aspidoscelis tigris at Canyonlands National Park (2011)

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As Summer 2011 officially wraps up (classes begin a week from today), I think it’s time to revisit the animals I encountered during the journey from Alaska to Florida this past June. I’d like to start with a handful of … Continue reading

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Downshifting, Fuzzy, Haze and Such

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01:23 pm, EDT. This is the first post I’ve written on an actual computer –not an iPad– in quite some time. I can hardly remember how to use the standard WordPress interface. And I keep wanting to type in html … Continue reading

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The June 2011 Drive from Alaska to Florida

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In June of 2011, I drove solo from Anchorage, Alaska to Mt. Dora, Florida, taking the long way and cutting south through Utah and Arizona before finally heading east. I drove 7221 miles in 15 days in my beloved 1998 … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4677: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

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11 June 2011 @ 3:01 pm MDT (4677 miles). A brief alternate stop on the alternate-alternate plan brought me here, to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. “The Sevier Fault, which runs directly under your feet, created Coral Pink Sand … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4616: Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest, Utah

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11 June 2011 @ 1:07 pm MDT (4616 miles). Driving West on Utah State Road 12, I re-entered the Dixie National Forest. This national forest is huge and judging by a quick scan on GoogleMaps, is composed of three major … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4604: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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11 June 2011 @ 12:10 pm MDT (4604 miles). Today I played Tin-Can Tourist in Bryce Canyon National Park. By “Tin-Can” I mean I pretty much just drove the park and got out at the overlook set-ups. The crowds were … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4480: Utah SR 12 through Dixie National Forest and Boulder Mountain

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11 June 2011 @ 7:42 am MDT (4480 miles). I remember reading a comment from Karen a few dozen posts back telling me that the drive from Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon is spectacular. Well, Karen, you’re right. You’re damn … Continue reading

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Day 11, Mile 4470: Pleasant Creek in the Dixie National Forest

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10 June 2011 @ 5:41 pm MDT (4470 miles). I am settled in for the night at the Pleasant Creek campground in the Dixie National Forest. This puts me in a good range for Anasazi State Park and Bryce Canyon … Continue reading

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Day 11, Mile 4444: Capitol Reef National Park

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10 June 2011 @ 3:56 pm MDT (4444 miles). Wow, Capitol Reef National Park is pretty damn cool. I really had no idea of what to expect — and I’m only getting a taste of it today. I’m moving on … Continue reading

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Day 11, Mile 4388: Utah Highway 24

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10 June 2011 @ 2:06 pm MDT (4388 miles). Alright, somebody’s got to tell me how a single road can be this cool. It’s not much. Not a Big-Deal road. I’ts just Utah Highway 24 and it runs south from … Continue reading

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Day 11, Mile 4256: Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky

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10 June 2011 @ 11:00 am MDT (4256 miles). It’s eleven o’clock and I’m taking off from Canyonlands: Island in the Sky. It was a great, busy, workout of a morning. The main thrust of the park is exactly that: … Continue reading

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Day 11, Mile 4211: Day Eleven Begins!

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10 June 2011 @ AA pm MDT (4211 miles). Good morning! Okay, so here’s the “plan” for today. First, I hit Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky. It’s right next to my camp, so it’s just a skip from … Continue reading

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Day 10, Mile 4211: Arches National Park and Exhaustion

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09 June 2011 @ 9:11 pm MDT (4211 miles). Forgive me for not uploading today’s posts before returning to camp… This and the prior two posts won’t go live until tomorrow — well, tomorrow as being defined by when I’m … Continue reading

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Day 10, Mile 4098: Utah Highway 211 and Newspaper Rock

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09 June 2011 @ 2:20 pm MDT (4098 miles). En route to Arches, I thought I’d stop for a minute to share a bit on Utah Highway 211. It’s the longish stretch of winding road you follow to get to … Continue reading

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Day 10, Mile 4064: Canyonlands National Park: The Needles

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09 June 2011 @ 12:41 pm MDT (4964 miles). I spent much of the morning hiking Canyonlands National Park Needles region. I hit two formal trails, Cave Spring Trail and Confluence Overlook Trail. Of the two, Confluence was the much … Continue reading

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Day 10, Mile 3953: Day 10: To Canyonlands

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09 June 2011 @ 6:00 am MDT (3953 miles). Good morning! A quick post: heading to Canyonlands Needles region today. I’m keeping this camping spot again tonight, so I can hit Arches on the way back for the afternoon light. … Continue reading

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Day 09, Mile 3953: First Dose of Arches National Park and Camping

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08 June 2011 @ 9:28 pm MDT (3953 miles). Unsurprisingly (but still disappointingly), Arches National Park’s campgrounds are entirely full. That probably means Canyonlands is as well. I would’ve reserved, but I didn’t want to lock myself into a schedule. … Continue reading

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Day 09, Mile 3780: Highway 6 near Price Canyon, Utah

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08 June 2011 @ 4:32 pm MDT (3780 miles). I’m looking at the landscape around me morph and change by the minute.¬†South of Salt Lake City, there were extremely deep red rocks (iron rich?). Now they’re turning yellow. I’m starting … Continue reading

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Day 09, Mile 3712: Salt Lake City Just Kicked My Ass

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08 June 2011 @ AA 2:51 MDT (3712 miles). The population of metropolitan Salt Lake City is 1,124,197. The population of the entire state of Alaska is 710,231. Those figures, along with the illustration above composed by my daughter, represent … Continue reading

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Day 09, Mile 3579: Welcome to Utah

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08 June 2011 @ 12:36 pm MDT (3579 miles). Alas! Utah! I have arrived in Utah! This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first time I’ve been in Utah — with the exception of switching flights in Salt … Continue reading

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June 2011: The Plan

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On 01 June 2011, I leave Anchorage and begin my two and a half week road trip to Florida, where I’ll meet up with Mumpower and Kid A at my folks’ house in Lake County. They’re flying separately to Florida, … Continue reading

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