Our Vantage Points
Old Places, New to Us - Part 1

Deer Creek

Utah Journal
Wednesday evening, April 28

Our trek out of the Manila valley (northeastern Utah corner) led us southward and high into Ashley National Forest. 

As suggested by our campground host, we took in the Sheep Creek Loop, a fabulous tour of geologic formations.

One doesn't have to be a techno-geologist to admire these sheer rock walls, towers and tilted strata that make this tour a petra-geometric extravaganza.  All of this is laced in the symmetry of evergreens and sprouting leaves among the deciduous.


At places, the vertical canyon walls on both sides of Sheep Creek soared to probably a thousand feet above the road and creek.  Even mega-pixels cannot substitute for being there.  But we do have millions of pixels.
The loop took us to an elevation of well over 8000 feet and returned us to our planned route, south on US 191.
We stayed at that elevation for some 30 miles, then dropped to 5000 feet where the terrain changed back into it's desert attire and was dressed that way all the way into Vernal, Utah.

After refueling and getting a bite to eat, we continued east a few miles to Dinosaur National Monument.  Quite an interesting place!
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