Utah & Nevada & Arizona, September - December 2019

 

Chris returned home on 14 September from being overseas in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark for 7 weeks, which included 5 weeks of flight testing in Sweden.  He was home for 10 days, then headed out west for more flight testing at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah starting on 24 September.  That flight test ended up lasting all the way into December.

 

He visited parks in Utah and Nevada on the weekends, and then at the end of this first part of flight testing he took a couple days of vacation to spend four days in southern Utah at several parks from 2 - 5 November.  He flew home on 6 November, stayed home for 11 days, and then returned to Dugway for another week of flight testing starting on 17 November. When that was completed, he spent three more days out west at parks in Utah and Arizona, before flying home for Thanksgiving, which we spent at Tami's parent's house in Charleston, WV. Then it was back to Dugway for another week of flight testing, and finally home for the rest of 2019. 

 

Chris was home for three weeks between 29 July and 8 December.  The map below shows all of Chris' travels in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona from September to December 2019.

 

Weekends

28 - 29 September 2019
Simpson Springs, Timpanagos Cave National Monument, Salt Lake City

4 - 6 October 2019
Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Zion National Park

11 - 14 October 2019
San Rafael Swell, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park

19 - 20 October 2019
Great Basin National Park

27 October 2019
Salt Lake City

2 - 5 November 2019
Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, House On Fire, Natural Bridges National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park

24 - 26 November 2019
Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Pipe Spring National Monument

 

 

 

Flight testing at Dugway consists of long hours Monday through Friday, and working some Saturdays.  Because Dugway is so isolated, there is not time to do much after work other than drive to the hotel, eat dinner, work a few more hours on data analysis of the day's flights, and sleep.  On the weekends when not working Saturdays, I was able to visit a bunch of parks around Utah, venturing into Nevada and Arizona on two occasions. I stayed on post for almost the entire trip, having to stay in Salt Lake City for just a few nights when the lodging on Dugway was full. 

 

 
All the photos from below have been compiled into this video show above.

This video above shows highlights from all of my RC flights in Utah and Arizona.
  I took along two RC airplanes and two quadcopters, and flew those for aerial video everywhere I went.  Video links are contained on this web page, and aerial video links and the locations where each video was shot are also available on my Aerial Video webpage.

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 September - December 2019
22 September
Home
23
Home
24
Fly home to SLC
Drive to Dugway
25
Dugway Flight Test
26
Dugway Flight Test
27
Dugway Flight Test
28
Dugway Flight Test
Simpson Springs
29
Timpanagos Cave NM
30
Dugway Flight Test
1 October
Dugway Flight Test
2
Dugway Flight Test
3
Dugway Flight Test
4
Dugway Flight Test
Drive to Yant Flats
5
Yant Flat
Zion Canyon
6
Zion West Rim Trail
Zion Kolob Canyons
Drive to Dugway

 
7
Dugway Flight Test
8
Dugway Flight Test
9
Dugway Flight Test
10
Dugway Flight Test
11
Dugway Flight Test
Drive to Wedge Overlook
12
San Rafael Swell
Capitol Reef NM
Boulder Mountain

13
Lower Calf Creek Falls
Bryce Canyon
14 Columbus Day
Queens Garden & Navajo Loop Trail
Drive to Dugway


15
Dugway Flight Test
16
Dugway Flight Test
17
Dugway Flight Test
18
Dugway Flight Test
19
Dugway Flight Test
Drive to Great Basin NP
20
Great Basin NP
Wheeler Peak
Lehman Cave
Drive to Dugway

 
21
Dugway Flight Test
22
Dugway Flight Test
23
Dugway Flight Test
24
Dugway Flight Test
25
Dugway Flight Test
26
Dugway Flight Test
27
Salt Lake City
Red Iguana 2
28
Dugway Flight Test
29
Dugway Flight Test
30
Dugway Flight Test
31
Dugway Flight Test
1 November
Dugway Flight Test
2
Drive to Moab
Arches NP
3
Potash Road
Poison Spider Mesa
Canyonlands NP Needles
Drive to Blanding
4
House On Fire
Natural Bridges NM
Glen Canyon NRA
Bullfrog - Notom Road


5
Capitol Reef NP
Burr Trail Road
Drive to SLC
6
Fly SLC to home
7
Home
Work
8
Home
Work
9
Home
10
Home
11
Home
Work
12
Home
Work
13
Home
Work
14
Home
Work
15
Home
16
Home
17
Fly home to SLC
Drive to Dugway
18
Dugway Flight Test
19
Dugway Flight Test
20
Dugway Flight Test
21
Dugway Flight Test
22
Dugway Flight Test
23
Dugway Flight Test
24
Drive to Bryce Canyon NP to St George
25
Zion NP Angels Landing
Drive to Kanab
26
White Pocket
Kaibab Plateau
Pipe Spring NM
Drive to SLC


27
Fly SLC to home
28 Thanksgiving
Drive to Charleston, WV
29
Charleston
30
Charleston
1 December
Drive Charleston to home
2
Fly home to SLC
Drive to Dugway
3
Dugway Flight Test
4
Dugway Flight Test
5
Dugway Flight Test
6
Dugway Flight Test
Drive to SLC
7
Fly SLC to home

         


Aerial Video, Skull Valley, Utah, 25 September 2019

Aerial Video, Skull Valley, Utah, 27 September 2019


Aerial Video, Skull Valley, Utah, 27 September 2019


Aerial Video, Skull Valley, Utah, 27 September 2019

 

During weekend #1, Saturday, 28 September to Sunday, 29 September, we worked on Saturday, so I was not able to get very far on this weekend. I explored nearby on Saturday evening, driving to Lookout Pass and then the Simpson Springs Pony Express Station, about 15 miles off post.  I had visited both places in 2018 as well.

 

         

 

 

Skull Valley, Simpson Springs Pony Express Station, 28 September 2019

 

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is only about 1.5 hours away, just east of Salt Lake City.  The cave tour was about to close for winter, so I booked a reservation for Sunday at noon and drove over for the tour. You check in at the visitor center on the valley floor and then climb about 1000 feet up a cliff-side trail to get to the entrance.  It is a nice tour, and while not nearly as grand as Carlsbad Caverns, it does have some nice rock formations within the three interconnected caves.  I also flew my RC aircraft at a few places along the way and on the return trip to Dugway.

 

 

 

                                         
Timpanagos Cave National Monument, Utah, 29 September 2019

 


Utah Lake, Mount Timpanagos on the left, 29 September 2019

 


Aerial Video, Lookout Pass, Utah, 28 September 2019

Aerial Video, Simpson Springs, Utah, 28 September 2019


Aerial Video, North of Simpson Springs, Utah, 28 September 2019


Aerial Video, South Skull Valley, Utah, 28 September 2019


Aerial Video, Simpson Springs, Utah, 28 September 2019


Aerial Video, Dry Hollow overlook, Timpanagos Highway, 29 September 2019


Aerial Video, Five Mile Pass Utah-73, 29 September 2019


Aerial Video, Fisher/Johnson Pass, Utah, 29 September 2019

During weekend #2, Saturday, 5 October to Sunday, 6 October, we did not work on Saturday, so I had both days for a visit to the Zion National Park area.

On Friday evening after work, I drove south to the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, just west of Zion, and camped in my car.  I had driven up along a 4-wheel drive road in the dark, to get near the trailhead for Yant Flat, which is where the Candy Cliffs are located.  The Candy Cliffs are a very nice set of red, pink, and white rock formations and cliffs overlooking St George, Utah. 

I spent Saturday morning on this hiking trail.  It is less than four miles round trip, but the views are incredible.  After spending several hours hiking up and down over these cliffs, I returned to my car and headed in the direction of Zion National Park, passing through Hurricane for lunch. This video shows the drive back from the Yant Flat trailhead to I-15.  I made it to the Zion visitor center and snagged a night-time photography pass for Zion Canyon.  Zion Canyon is closed to private cars most of the year, but if you get one of these passes, you can drive up the canyon after dark.  After getting the pass, I spent a few hours in the afternoon hiking to the Narrows and along the canyon floor near Angels Landing, before going back into Springdale for dinner. Then I returned to the canyon and spent several mores hours in the dark taking long exposure photos, looking up the canyon walls at the starry night sky.  I camped in the park Saturday night.

I had made a reservation for a shuttle to Lava Point on Sunday morning, using the same company that I had used a few years earlier for the same ride.  I got up early on Sunday morning, drove my car to the main parking lot at the Zion visitor center, and walked the last mile to Zion Adventures, just outside the park.  Springdale has started charging parking in the town, but the visitor center parking in the park is free (other than the normal park entrance fee).  I caught the private shuttle to Lava Point, and then hiked the 15 mile West Rim Trail from Lava Point to the Grotto.  This was the second time I have hiked that trail, which is an incredible hike with the fantastic views the whole way, and very few people. The last few miles you go past Scout Lookout and Angels Landing on the way down, and finish up in Zion Canyon at the Grotto shuttle stop.  This video shows that final section of the hike, from Cabin Spring to the Grotto.  I took hundreds of photos along this hike, enjoying the bright sunshine, great views, cool temperatures, and quiet.  I took the park shuttle from the Grotto back to the visitor center, got my car, and started the drive back to Dugway.  Off of I-15, I drove up into the Kolob Canyons area of Zion, and enjoyed sunset overlooking those red mountains.

 
 
 

                                       
Yant Flat - Candy Cliffs, Red Cliffs Conservation Area, St George, Utah, 5 October 2019


Drive from Yant Flat trailhead to I-15, Leeds, Utah, 5 October 2019

West Rim Trail hiking, Cabin Spring to the Grotto, 6 October 2019


 Aerial Video, Yant Flat, Utah, 5 October 2019  


Aerial Video, Access Rd 031, Red Cliffs Conservation Area, Utah, 5 October 2019

                   
Zion National Park, Zion Canyon, 5 October 2019 

                                                       


Zion National Park, West Rim Trail, Lava Point to the Grotto, 6 October 2019

         


Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons, 6 October 2019


Weekend #3
, Saturday,12 October to Monday,14 October, was a three-day weekend because Monday was Columbus Day.

On Friday evening after work, I drove east to Spanish Fork, and then southeast to Price for a late dinner.  I continued on in the dark to the Wedge Overlook, on the north end of the San Rafael Swell.  I had camped here in 2018, and camped again at the exact same campsite on this evening.  I took a few night-time long exposure photos of the canyon that night.

On Saturday, I took morning photos and then drove south down Buckhorn Draw Road. I stopped to fly RC a few times, and also at the Buckhorn Draw pictographs and at the San Rafael River crossing.  I continued south, crossing under I-70, and found my way on and off Temple Mount Road to the trailhead for the Baptist Draw slot canyon, which is in the middle of the San Rafael Swell.  I hiked this over a few hours, and then drove east and south off the swell, turning west at Hanksville, and headed for Torrey, passing through Capitol Reef National Park.  I flew my RC aircraft and took many photos as I headed west, and then had dinner in Torrey.  I camped on Boulder Mountain on Saturday night, about half-way between Torrey and Boulder.

On Sunday, I drove south through Boulder and stopped at the Calf Creek camping area, which is also the Lower Calf Creek Falls trailhead.  This is about a 6 mile roundtrip hike to the falls, along the very nice Calf Creek Canyon within
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument.  I drove on west after the hike, passing through Escalante and making it to Bryce Canyon National Park for sunset, and then dinner at Ruby's in Bryce City.  I spent the night at Ruby's Hotel.  This is the route for the drive from Boulder to Escalante.  Video of this drive and a short section of video from Lower Calf Creek Falls is here.

On Monday, I hiked the Queens Garden and Navajo Loop - Wall Street trail from Sunrise Point to Sunset Point, within the Bryce Canyon amphitheater.  I drove back to Dugway that afternoon, arriving in the early evening.

 

   
Wedge Overlook, night photos, 11 October 2019

               
Wedge Overlook, 12 October 2019

 
Buckhorn Draw Pictographs, San Rafael Swell, 12 October 2019

                                   
San Rafael Swell, San Rafael River, Baptist Draw, Factory Butte, 12 October 2019


Baptist Draw Slot Canyon hiking, 12 October 2019

Aerial Video, Wedge Overlook, San Rafael River, 12 October 2019


Aerial Video, San Rafael Swell, 12 October 2019


Aerial Video, Buckhorn Draw Road, 12 October 2019


Aerial Video, San Rafael Reef @ Goblin Valley Rd & near Hanksville, 12 October 2019

             
Boulder Mountain to Calf Creek, 13 October 2019

                        
Calf Creek Canyon, Lower Calf Creek Falls, 13 October 2019


Head Of Rocks Overlook, Escalante River Gorge, 13 October 2019

       
Bryce Canyon National Park, Amphitheater & Paria View Sunset, 13 October 2019


Drive from Boulder to Escalante + Lower Calf Creek Falls, 13 October 2019

Aerial Video, Boulder Mountain, 13 October 2019

                       
Bryce Canyon National Park, Queens Garden & Navajo Loop Trail, Wall Street, 14 October 2019


Aerial Video, Escalante Gorge, Utah-20, 13 & 14 October 2019

During weekend #4, Saturday, 19 October to Sunday, 20 October, we worked Saturday again, so I stayed relatively close.  On Saturday after work, I drove a few hours to Great Basin National Park, just across the border in Nevada.  I had dinner in Baker, Nevada and camped in the park.

On Sunday morning, I went to the Lehman Cave visitor center hoping to get a walk-up spot on a cave tour. The reserved tours are usually sold out well in advance, but at 8 AM the rangers may schedule an extra tour in the afternoon if there are enough people to warrant it.  I was the second person in line, and there were plenty of people, so they made a 2 PM tour available.  After getting that tour spot I drove up the mountain road, and hiked on Wheeler Peak to some sub-alpine lakes and to a grove of ancient bristlecone pines.  Many of these trees were labeled with their ages, with several over 3000 years old.  I had reservations for that afternoon tour of Lehman Cave, which is at the base of Wheeler Peak, so I drove off the mountain and took the three hour tour.  The cave has a lot of beautiful rock formations, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and well spoken.  This tour is well worth it. I drove back to Dugway after the tour.
 
 

 

 

 

Wheeler Peak Drive, 20 October 2019


Aerial Video, Great Basin National Park to Dugway, 20 October 2019

 

 

                   
 Great Basin National Park, Wheeler Peak, Bristlecone Pines, 20 October 2019

 

                                                   
Lehman Cave, Great Basin National Park, 20 October 2019




During weekend #5, Saturday, 26 October to Sunday, 27 October, we worked Saturday again.

On Sunday, I drove into Salt Lake City, visiting a development called Daybreak that Tami was interested in.  A job position for flight test lead had opened at Dugway, and I was considering taking it.  Tami liked what she saw in the Daybreak postings on-line, and wanted to know if it was accurate.  I drove around Daybreak and decided they still had A LOT of work to do before it became what the developers wanted to reach.  I had dinner at Red Iguana 2 in Salt Lake City with friends.
 
 
 

   
Antelope Island - Great Salt Lake, Johnson Pass, 27 October 2019


Aerial Video, Skull Valley, 26 October 2019

Aerial Video, Fisher/Johnson Pass, 27 October 2019

 

Weekend #6 was really four days long.  We finished the engineering development work on Friday, 1 November, and had to wait a couple weeks to get the final production version of the software changes we had been testing.  With flight test over, I took a few days off and spent Saturday, 2 November to Tuesday, 5 November visiting southern Utah before I flew home on Wednesday.

   

On Saturday, I drove from Dugway to Arches National Park and hiked up to Delicate Arch.  As I always do, I spent several hours hiking all over the cliffs across, below, and above Delicate Arch.  I drove into Moab for dinner at Zax's, and then camped at Williams Bottom Campground on the Colorado River on Potash Road.

   

On Sunday, I drove further out along Potash Road, up above the potash settling ponds on the 4WD road, and flew my RC aircraft at a few different locations, including out over the Colorado River.  I returned to the paved road closer to Moab and hiked out to Longbow Arch on the Poison Spider Mesa, flying one of my quadcopters a couple times on the trail. I then drove back into Moab for lunch, and then headed south towards the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park.  I stopped at Wilson Arch south of Moab, and also headed out east into some open lands to fly my RC aircraft a few more times.  I drove west towards Canyonlands, stopping at Newspaper Rock, and then flew in the canyon before reaching the park. I spent the evening and sunset at several viewpoints in the Needles section, before going back east and then south of Blanding, where I camped for the night.

   

On Monday I hiked out to the House On Fire Indian ruins, about halfway in between Blanding and Natural Bridges National Monument.  I then continued on to Natural Bridges National Monument, hiking a few trails, before moving on further west past Fry Canyon and to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. I stopped at the Hite overlook in the late afternoon, and drove north towards Hanksville.  Before reaching Hanksville I took the turn-off on Utah 276 to the southwest towards the Bullfrog marina.  Just before reaching Bullfrog, the Notom-Bullfrog Road branches off to the northwest.  This road passed through the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park, which has some incredible rock formations.  I camped that evening just off that road here, about halfway to the Capitol Reef National Park boundary.

 

On Tuesday I continued the drive to Capitol Reef National Park, and then took the Burr Trail Road switchbacks up, westbound out of the Waterpocket Fold towards Boulder.  Just after the switchbacks, I stopped and hiked out to the Strike Valley Overlook. Any good 4WD vehicle can drive almost to the overlook, but I did not have a 4WD vehicle at this point, so I did the entire Strike Valley overlook hike on foot.  The view is worth the hike. I returned to my car, and continued on the Burr Trail Road to Boulder, headed north over Boulder Mountain, and had a late lunch in Torrey.  There are lots of great views along the Burr Trail and Boulder Mountain, so I stopped many times for photos and flying. I made it back to Salt Lake City that evening, where I stayed in a hotel at the airport.  I caught a flight home on Wednesday morning.

 

 

                 
Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, North & South Windows at night, 2 November 2019

               
Moab, Potash Road - Colorado River, Poison Spider Mesa - Longbow Arch & Petroglyphs & Dinosaur Tracks, 3 November 2019


Potash Road drive, 3 November 2019

Longbow Arch hike, 3 November 2019


Aerial Video, Poison Spider Mesa - Moab, 3 November 2019


Aerial Video, Potash Rd - settling ponds, 3 November 2019


Aerial Video, Potash Rd - Colorado River, 3 November 2019


Aerial Video, Moab to Needles: Utah-114 x2, Utah-211, 3 November 2019

 

   
Wilson Arch, Newspaper Rock, 3 November 2019

                 
Canyonlands National Park, Needles Section, 3 November 2019

           
House On Fire Indian Ruins, 4 November 2019

                       
Natural Bridges National Monument, Hite Overlook, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 4 November 2019


Timelapse photos of House On Fire Indian Ruins, 4 November 2019

Aerial Video, Utah-95, Utah-276, 4 November 2019


Aerial Video, House On Fire trailhead, White & Fry Canyons, 4 November 2019


Aerial Video, White Canyon x2, Utah-95, 4 November 2019

                                           
Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Strike Valley Overlook, Burr Trail Road, 5 November 2019


Burr Trail Road Switchbacks drive, 5 November 2019

Aerial Video, Utah-95, Burr Trail Rd, 4 & 5 November 2019


Aerial Video, Burr Trail Rd, 5 November 2019

Aerial Video, Notom-Bullfrog Rd, 5 November 2019

 

I was home for about 10 days, then returned to Dugway for the final testing of the new software.  We flew Monday through Saturday the week before Thanksgiving, but did not quite finish up all the flights we need, so I would be coming back after Thanksgiving to complete everything. 

 

Weekend #7 ended up much like weekend #6; I took a few days off after we finished flying, but before I flew home.  I had worked on Saturday, so this was a three day weekend, Sunday, 24 November to Tuesday, 26 November.   I had received a 4WD rental car for this week, so I planned to make use of it when possible.

 

On Sunday, I drove from Dugway to Bryce Canyon, planning on continuing east to Kodachrome Basin State Park, and south along Cottonwood Canyon Road to Kanab.  However, the bad weather in the north of Utah was also hitting southern Utah as well, and rain and snow had made Cottonwood Canyon Road impassable.  I spent the afternoon and sunset at Bryce Canyon, had dinner at Ruby's, and decided to reverse the order of my last few days.  I drove back west, south and then west again through Zion National Park in the dark, and to a St. George hotel for Sunday night.

 

On Monday, I returned to Zion National Park, and took the park shuttle to the Grotto to hike to the top of Angels Landing.  I had checked at the Bryce Canyon visitor center on Sunday to see if Angels Landing was safe, and the ranger said she had been told it was not yet covered in ice, and people were still hiking it.  A hiker had just slipped and fell to her death on Angels Landing a few days before, but the ranger said they were hiking in the rain and those rocks are very slippery when wet.  Rain and snow were forecast to begin over Zion Canyon around 3PM on this day, so I wanted to make sure I was off the rocks before that.  This was the fourth time I had climbed Angels Landing, and like my last climb, I had my GoPro on a headmount and my Gear 360 on a pole sticking 3 feet up above my daypack. The rocks were wet in just a few places, but there was no ice yet.  I completed the climb and descent, and about 5 minutes after I was off the rocks at Scout Lookout, it started to snow. The snow only lasted about 2 minutes, but then it started raining, which continued.  I was very happy to be off the dangerous section of the climb. I proceeded down the trail back to the Grotto, took the shuttle back to the visitor center. I drove into Springdale and had dinner at Pizza & Noodles, the same restaurant we have been eating at for almost 25 years, whenever we visit Zion.  After I left Springdale to drive to Kanab, I saw the light from sunset bouncing off the tops of the eastern rocks of Zion Canyon, stopped to take a few photos, and several cars pulled up behind me to catch the same images.  I drove on east, up the Mt. Carmel Road, through the tunnel, to Mt. Carmel Junction and on to Kanab.  I had originally planned to camp at the White House Campground east of Kanab on the Paria River this evening, but I drove through a blizzard all the way from the Zion east entrance to Kanab, so I decided I would get a hotel in Kanab instead of camping in the snow and cold.

 

Tuesday was a very long day, with lots of driving, hiking, and things to see.  I had breakfast at the hotel, drove east to House Rock Valley Road, turned south and passed the trailhead for the Wave at Wire Pass. My destination was White Pocket, which is an area of multicolored rocks on the Paria Plateau, part of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.  House Rock Valley Road is usually passable by almost any car, but you need a high clearance 4WD vehicle for the last few miles off of House Rock Valley Road to reach White Pocket.  I had visited White Pocket in 2018 with my son, my sister and her husband, and wanted to see it again.  It does not disappoint at all, even the second time around.  The light was different, it was cooler for hiking, and there were fewer people this time.  After several hours of hiking and photography, I returned to House Rock Valley Road and had to decide if I wanted to go back north and west towards Kanab, or go south and see more sights;  I decided on south. 

 

I made it back to paved road, Arizona 89A, just north of the Kaibab Plateau, drove west to Jacob Lake, and then northwest towards Fredonia and Kanab.  The road to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon turns south from Jacob Lake, and was actually still open when I arrived at Jacob Lake in the late afternoon.  I did not have time to make the last 50 miles (one-way) to the North Rim, and it is a good thing I decided to pass up on that drive.  I found out a few days later that a snow storm hit the area that evening, and the road was closed for the rest of the winter season as soon as the storm hit.  I drove through Fredonia, continued west, and stopped at Pipe Spring National Monument about 20 minutes before they closed for the day.  I managed to walk through the small monument and take a few photos before closing, and still had time to get a magnet. I continued on northwest to Hurricane, stopping to fly for a few minutes and to take some sunset photos, and then drove to Salt Lake City that evening. I stayed in a hotel at the airport and flew home on Wednesday morning.

  

 

 


Aerial Video, Skull Valley, 21 November 2019

Aerial Video, Skull Valley - White Rock, 23 November 2019


Aerial Video, Skull Valley - White Rock, 23 November 2019

 

                                 

Bryce Canyon National Park, Paria View & Amphitheater, 24 November 2019

 

 
Angels Landing climb and descent, GoPro, 25 November 2019

Angels Landing climb to top, Gear360, 25 November 2019

 

                               
Zion National Park, Zion Canyon, Angels Landing, 25 November 2019

 


The White Pocket drive video below on the left was filmed with a GoPro mounted to the windshield of my car on 26 November 2019. The drive goes from route 89A in Utah, south along House Rock Valley Road. It passes the Wire Pass parking area, which is the entrance to the Wave and Buckskin Gulch, and continues south into Arizona. The path to White Pocket then turns to the east, and then north - northeast for the last 5 miles. Those last 5 miles are in deep sand and require a high clearance 4WD vehicle. The path shown in this video on the left follows what Google Maps was telling me to drive on 26 Nov 2019 to get from route 89A to White Pocket.
The White Pocket drive video below on the right was filmed with a GoPro mounted on the windshield of our car when I visited White Pocket on 23 May 2018 with my son, my sister and her husband.  I knew the Google-recommended route from November 2019 was slightly different from the path we took in 2018, but decided to follow it to see what it was like. 

I found that the 2019 route was through much deeper sand in a few places, was just more difficult overall, and was not nearly as direct as the 2018 route.  I recommend that anyone driving to White Pocket follow the route we took in 2018. Both require a 4WD, but the 2018 route is easier and quicker.

White Pocket drive, 26 November 2019


This is that route I drove to White Pocket on 26 Nov 2019 plotted in Google Maps.

White Pocket drive, 23 May 2018


This is that more direct, easier route from 23 May 2018 plotted in Google Maps.

 

       

Coyote Buttes South, viewed from the southwest on House Rock Valley Road and from the east at White Pocket

 

                                                             

White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, 26 November 2019

 

Looking east from edge of Kaibab Plateau, Vermillion Cliffs and Marble Canyon, Arizona, 26 November 2019

 

   

Jacob Lake Inn, Le Fevre Overlook, Kaibab Plateau, Arizona, 26 November 2019

 

   

Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona, Sunset in Hurricane, Utah, 26 November 2019

 



Aerial Video, White Pocket, Arizona, 26 November 2019  


Aerial Video, Southeast of Hurricane, Utah, 26 November 2019

 

Final Week: On Thursday, Thanksgiving, my wife and I drove from Baltimore to Charleston, West Virginia to have Thanksgiving weekend with her family.  We drove home on Sunday, and I flew back to Dugway for one last week of flight testing on Monday morning, 2 December.  Flight testing lasted all week.  I drove back to Salt Lake City on Friday afternoon to catch a flight home on Saturday morning.  I managed to fly my RC aircraft in Skull Valley on the way to Salt Lake City on Friday, 6 December 2019, and had dinner at Red Iguana 2 on Friday evening with a friend.

 

 


Skull Valley, 6 December 2019

 

   
Fisher/Johnson Pass, 6 December 2019

 


Aerial Video, Skull Valley, 6 December 2019

Aerial Video, Fisher/Johnson Pass, 6 December 2019

 

Before returning to my hotel, I drove up to Temple Square to walk around and look at the Christmas lights that are put up every December.  I finally flew home for the rest of the year on Saturday, 7 December.

 

                 
Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, 6 December 2019