Colorado Plateau Photo Odyssey: Intro

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Over three weeks ago I announced on this blog that I was about to venture on a light plundering expedition to Utah and Colorado. On Tuesday, April 23 I ventured forth from the northcoast of California to the high deserts of Utah and Colorado — the area known as the Colorado Plateau. I visited seven, national parks, two national monuments, and two state parks, a state natural reserve, and a tribal monument: Lassen Volcanic National Park, Great Basin National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and Zion National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument, Colorado National Monument, Dead Horse State Park, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Mono Lake Tufa SNR, and Four Corners Monument. This was accomplished in twelve and a half days. The itinerary for the trip looks like this:

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On the first day, starting in the afternoon, I drove from Eureka, CA for Reno, NV. Starting early the next morning, I traversed across the Great Basin all the way to Bryce Canyon National Park. Next morning I travelled through the Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument and Capitol Reef on route to Grand Junction, CO. A few days later I ventured to Moab, UT. A few days after that I traversed to Cortez, CO, where I spent two nights. From hence to Zion National Park. After a day and night at Zion, I moved on to Cedar City. From there, I went to Lee Vining, by the shores of Mono Lake. And from there I returned to Eureka. The long oblong loop route is 2,731 miles long. I rang up an additional 800 miles exploring the places I visited.

In the following series I will go over the places I visited and/or drove through on this epic journey.