Arches National Park is my favorite park to visit in January. Peace, solitude, contemplation, truly a wonderful opportunity so near my front door. Most of the year I spend my time in the backcountry of Canyonlands, but for a few fortuitous months I become the visitor in my own town.
I started at the Windows section; a landscape differed dramatically in winter wonderland. I approached the North Window under the moonset not expecting to have the entire area to myself. Even in the dead of winter this is the simplest best to place to see the sunrise. The view behind me showed a quiet cold awaiting light to warm winters chill. The purple shadows gave way to the fiery glow of canyon country as the sun climbed above the La Sal Mountains. I will not soon forget the world awakening for me behind the spectacles.
My serenity was broken by awe struck hikers well after the ravens first resonant kaw. Time to go it alone I headed for the Fiery Furnace. Warned of possible icy conditions I packed my micro spikes and left my expectations of completing the loop behind. The route is currently in good condition free from snow and ice, but that can change quickly this time of year. With no marked trails I wandered cathedral halls of domes and spires with a peaceful mind. The hike through the Fiery Furnace is an experience not to be miss out on. Guided Interpretive hikes through the Fiery Furnace are available year round.
Book your trips now to ensure the best itineraries this spring. It’s that time of the year when families are getting together and talking about the next big adventure. At least they must be as dates are filling fast for multi-day trips into Canyonlands National Park. To hold your reservations give us a call to make a deposit on your trip, or book online and receive a 10% discount on multi-day trips if you pay in full by Christmas.
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The ranch at Williams Bottom had an adobe house, a nice spring and a rock cellar. It was a way for Papa to make money besides his medical work. He didn't live on the ranch, though. He lived in town to be available to his patients.
The way they got the irrigation water to the ranch was with a paddle wheel. The river current turned the wheel and the wheel brought the water up to where it could run into the ditch and be used to water the crops.
Every ranch in those days was also a farm. They had to raise hay and corn to feed the livestock in the wintertime; that's what ranching was in those days…raise crops in the summer to feed livestock in winter. During the summer, the livestock would graze on the open range.
My father was born in 1853 in Missouri. He grew up on a farm near Vandalia and Curreyville in Pike County. In 1874, Father was riding a horse away from the farm and ran across a herd of cattle heading west. He talked to the owners, Tom and Ed Stark, of the now famous Stark Nurseries, from Louisiana, Missouri. They were driving their cattle west. Father hired on with them as a cow hand to drive the cattle to Elbert County in the Colorado Territory.He raced home and told his mother he was going to Colorado Territory. He grabbed a few clothes in a flour sack, raced back to where the herd was and went to work. They carried guns in those days in case they had to shoot a cow and to hunt buffalo, antelope and rabbits to eat. They did whatever they had to do to survive. Dad had an old cap and ball muzzleloader gun, a pre-civil war Henry Rifle. He remembered the Civil War. He was just a kid, but he recalled the raiders camping in their woods.
On the drive West, Dad got the measles and had to ride in the chuck wagon for a couple of days. They put a bandana over his face to keep the sun out of his eyes because they knew sunlight would damage the eyes when a person had measles. It was hard to keep the bandana over his eyes the whole time. It slipped off now and then, so his eyes did get damaged somewhat.
When they arrived in Elbert County, everyone wanted to see Denver. The owners wanted to sell some cattle to cover expenses. They took a couple of cowhands and camped on Capital Hill in Denver. Colorado wasn't a state yet and there was no Capital building on that hill yet. In 1876, Colorado became a state and eventually the Capital building was built.
Dad punched cows out there for a number of years. He was known as "Rawhide" John on the range because he made rawhide quirts, which he also sold to the cowboys.
Someone reported that the Indians were bothering people. The Indian wars were over, but sometimes there were incidents. The Army came around to the cow camps and issued guns and ammunition to the men. The men were sworn into the Army, but were to go about their regular duties. Many years later, when Dad was in his 80s or 90s, he told me this story. I asked Dad if he was ever discharged from the Army. Dad said, "No, they just gathered up the rifles." I said, "Dad, do you realize you may have a tremendous amount of back pay coming?" We had a good laugh about it, but that was the end of it. Dad would never dream of taking money in those circumstances!
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