Zion National Park


This is our final National Park  that we visited.  We had to take a shuttle through the park due to heavy traffic and it was a great way to see it.  Here, as opposed to Bryce where we were looking down on the sights, we were at the bottom of the canyon looking up so it was a completely different feeling.  The last picture is the Virgin River is what created the  canyon over many millions of years.  Amazing.  It was 113 degrees in St. George the day we went but it was not quite that hot in the park.  However, when we got back to town it was HOT!!  AC cars are wonderful.  
We have had a great trip and I am looking forward to being home in a couple days.  Thanks for your remarks.  I am glad we can see these places and share them with you.  

Our best to each and every one of you. 







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Bryce Canyon National Park

Hi all, Most of the pictures are marked with the marker where they were taken.  They were just spectacular. The one in about the middle is where we had to drive and them we went to the viewing areas.  The pictures cannot show the great beauty that we saw. Enjoy  Ric and Jan


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Arches NP

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Rocky Mountain National Park July 12, 2016






These were taken from the bottom of the mountain to the Alpine Visitor's Center way up high!  Many are self explanitory and others just beautiful vistas. At the top we went to it was 53 degrees and back down to earth it is 70 degrees. On the way down we had a picnic in the woods  Then on the way home we crossed the Colorado River a couple of times.  Not so big and grand as further south and west. 
W e just wanted to share these with you and it was too much for FaceBook.  Not everyone is on FB anyway. 
Our love and blessings go out to you all.  Enjoy seeing the beauty of these pictures and many thanks to Ric when he stopped for me to indulge.   Live, Laugh and Smile    
Ric and Jan






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8 great iPhotos Badlands SD and WY

Bridal Veil Falls in the Black Hills Forest scenic by way.

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Many trees and rocky mountains in the Badlands National Forest
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Beautiful house behind the trees.  Sign says, A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN. 
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Wyoming  landscapes and red soil
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Wy farmland
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Not so green WY
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8 great iPhotos

September 9, 2016

Hi all,

I said I would not write again but we did more sightseeing.  So I will send a couple of letters with pictures.  Anyone who does not think there is anything to see in the Dakotas are sadly mistaken.  There are some beautiful places to see.  We sure enjoyed out time there with family.  We missed Brittney who lives in Sacramento, CA.

Next pictures will include the Badlands in SD and Wy. 

Take care, 

Ric and Jan(ice)










Courtney, 22, Brent 16, and Chelsey 20. 





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Sharon and us-no ages needed!!
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Harvester  on  a big farm on our way out of Bismarck, south.
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North Dakota is not flat. 
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Another big farmer in ND
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Sunflower fields in northern, South Dakota.  There are many beautiful acres of them
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Following a two trailer full of hay bales.  
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Brent on his first day of his junior year at Bismarck High School. 
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12 great iPhotos Yellowstone and Big Sky Montana



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Rain as we leave the Tetons.

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Lake Yellowstone
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Steam in the basin
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More basins
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Leaving Yellowstone
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Farn in Montana
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Big Sky and clouds
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Leaving Big Sky
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Our last day sight seeing.  We  arrived in Bismarck in the rain and somewhat cold.   But we are enjoying our daughter, Sharon, and 3 grandkids.  
This will be my final letter of this trip.  We will arrive back in CA the first part of Oct.  We are going through Colorado and then Arizona to visit friends and family and  LaVerne and Lancaster to visit friends 
Here is to your health and enjoying life.  Thanks to you who have responded to my e mails.  I appreciate hearing from you. With Facebook it is harder to keep in touch via e mail. But I will try as many of you are not on Facebook. Do keep in touch.  Blessings to each and everyone. 
Ric and Jan(ice)
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8 great iPhotos Wyoming and Jackson Hole

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The whole valley where we were headed is shrouded in clouds. 
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Far upper left was where I took the previous picture of the cloud cover.
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Lots of horns in Jackson Hole
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Middle of town
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Outside the Visitor's Center
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buffalo preserve
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8 great iPhotos Grand Tetons

  Heart Six Guest Ranch in the heart of the Tetons. 

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Where we stayed
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 Mt Moran- see the glacier
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Jackson Lake which is very large. 
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you can several glaciers on Mt. Moran in this picture. 
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August 22, 2011

This was 2 days ago after we left Idaho and  the Craters of the Moon Park.  We first drove through Jackson Hole. WY which is the south end of Teton Nat'l Park.  They also had a very informational Visitor's Center in Jackson.  I had no idea they were so close to each other.  John D Rockefeller Jr. made many contributions to the Park, in fact 24,000 acres.  The scenery was magnificent in all of its glory.  I am so happy we decided to visit there this year. 

We stayed at the Heart 6 Guest Ranch in a rustic cabin in the middle of the park with no TV, Microwave, Refrigerator and no good reading lamp but we read a lot anyway. There was also no phone service or wi fi.  You do get used to those things.  About 8:00 PM it started to rain and it sounded wonderful on the tin roof.  It was still raining in the morning and we had a dirt path down to our car and it was not easy for me to navigate.  Oh the fun we have on some of our adventures.  Ric went to the car and brought me the umbrella so I survived.   After breakfast in another rustic building, we headed north to Yellowstone National Park just up the road.  More about that in next letter 

love to all, 
Ric and Jan

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13 great iPhotos Idaho


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Back road and interesting cloud formations
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Sawtooth Mountains (can you tell?)
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Lava rock coming into the park
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An obviously healthy tree rising out of the lava
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White flowers-not rock
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Upper part looks so smooth=tiny rocks
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Cones
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In the town of Avon
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Driving through Avon
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