Album Deserts

Ugly

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Orange Dreamsicle swirls:

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Janice

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Ugly

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Capitol Reef turned 50 this weekend. Did not even stop at the visitor center, but the frigid single degree temps in the morning were fun.

Totally frozen, a zamboni-less desert ice rink that even Canadians would be proud of.
It would crack, but seemed there was nothing but ice.
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A good bluebird morning of 9d.
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Popular trail, but I love this one. Is it just me or is the prickly tumbleweed worse this year than ever? It is my new cuss word, just like "Tamarisk!" now we have "Tumbleweed"
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Titans

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Capitol Reef turned 50 this weekend. Did not even stop at the visitor center, but the frigid single degree temps in the morning were fun.

Totally frozen, a zamboni-less desert ice rink that even Canadians would be proud of.
It would crack, but seemed there was nothing but ice.
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A good bluebird morning of 9d.
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Popular trail, but I love this one. Is it just me or is the prickly tumbleweed worse this year than ever? It is my new cuss word, just like "Tamarisk!" now we have "Tumbleweed"
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Nice @Ugly ! Tumble weeds, it’s been really bad everywhere we went on this trip. Not sure what the reason is, curious if anyone knows?
 

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The place where two deserts meet:

Joshua Trees
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Mojave Yucca, boulders and very cool clouds
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Mojave Yucca and the Salton Sea hidden under low hanging clouds
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A Palm Oasis and the first signs it was going to be a very windy week.
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So much Cholla in one spot!
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Twins!
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Living in a tiny crack
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John Morrow

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Capitol Reef turned 50 this weekend. Did not even stop at the visitor center, but the frigid single degree temps in the morning were fun.

Totally frozen, a zamboni-less desert ice rink that even Canadians would be proud of.
It would crack, but seemed there was nothing but ice.
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I've skated on lumpier and more air pocketed for sure! Miss it.

This is definitely thread drift but PBS had a piece on official university studies documenting the reduction of "skateable" days on pond ice in North America. That's a tragedy. I grew up by a polluted low gradient stream in a Philly suburb. Pure bliss and glee is how I'd describe our skating/hockey days on that creek. Doubt it ever freezes now, and 1/3 of it is a culvert under I-476. "I wish I had a River...."

My last skate day:

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John Morrow

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This is definitely thread drift but PBS had a piece on official university studies documenting the reduction of "skateable" days on pond ice in North America. That's a tragedy. I grew up by a polluted low gradient stream in a Philly suburb. Pure bliss and glee is how I'd describe our skating/hockey days on that creek. Doubt it ever freezes now, and 1/3 of it is a culvert under I-476. "I wish I had a River...."

My last skate day:

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Ugly

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This is definitely thread drift but PBS had a piece on official university studies documenting the reduction of "skateable" days on pond ice in North America. That's a tragedy. I grew up by a polluted low gradient stream in a Philly suburb. Pure bliss and glee is how I'd describe our skating/hockey days on that creek. Doubt it ever freezes now, and 1/3 of it is a culvert under I-476. "I wish I had a River...."

My last skate day:

That is really cool. I would guess there are far fewer long spells of frozen days most places in the US these days (minus Dallas :p)

When I lived in Ottawa I was a short walk from the Rideau canal, and would skate all the time, including sometimes to a good Chinese food place. We would skate on farm ponds and even rinks made with some 2x4's driven into the ground and flooded with a hose. I am no good at any of those coordination activities though.
To bring this back to deserts, I have done some "light" skating in the desert in the winter sometimes...
 

Ugly

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Some more sublimity.
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This was a fine place to eat some pizza.
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Not sure why at this point he is trying to even walk on dry land.
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Green and Orange
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Different kind of Green and Orange
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Cedar gnats and mosquitoes were just starting out. The rain last week made some places a bit muddier of a mess, but there was water in the potholes that may not last if it is warm and sunny this week.
 

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