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Scott Chandler

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After summering in the Bighorn Mountains, I am now in the Moab area for a couple months at the least. If you are visiting Dead Horse Point soon, you may spot me working.

Anyhoo, I felt I'd share some pictures of some initial wanderings around the area.

11/2/2015
What I thought was going to be a first day on the job turned into a "go explore" day. I decided to keep things short and simple and did the Portal Overlook trail just outside Moab.

For those who have never done it, the trail starts out flat and nice.
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And then climbs up some ledges to an overlook of the valley. Not a bad view for not very much effort. The mountain bike tracks I saw on the trail made me wonder how badly I'd wet my pants if I were into that sort of thing...
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Looking at the valley, my vote was that I was early for fall colors still...
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11/09/2015
Thinking I was early for fall colors the week before, I started my days off with a hike in a spot that looked like it would have good colors. Most of the Cottonwoods appeared to have lost their yellow leaves to a storm over the week, but, there were still a few changing trees and it turned into a nice stroll up the canyon.
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Freezing temps lately yielded this cool little find: a frosty anthill and moss!
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The imprint of a leaf in a riffle of the sand
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This trip truly was about the details. I thought my grand shots were fairly meh.
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A silly juniper growing out of rock
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The Marrimac
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Towards the end of the wandering I ran into this oddity. It looked like a cache of rusting out junk behind a newish grill grate. There wasn't really much stopping me from removing the grate and disturbing the rusting junk, other than a repulsion towards handling junk.
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On my way back down canyon, I spent some time on the slickrock rim, looking for more cool details.
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One of those details was this little Pinon Pine, inn'it cute, framing the Monitor with the rock? Aww.
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And this dead...juniper I'm betting. It made an S
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After going into town and buying groceries, I decided I'd try the sunset game. I'm bad at seeking sunsets, I more often than not stumble into good sunset moments. But this time I set out for The Knoll, the highest point on the mesa of Dead Horse Pt and Island in the Sky. For a high point, it's not very grand.
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But the view from the top was pretty nice. I played around a lot, trying to capture the moment and be artsy while the sun made its exit from the day.
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Welcome to Utah man! Coming to visit. Nice hike report and your tree shots would work great in the tree gallery thread!
 

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