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Great Sand Dunes National Park

The Great Sand Dunes
* http://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm *

One of my favorite parts of Colorado is its great diversity in the ranges of the Rocky Mountains. One of those hotspots of “oddity” is the vast Sahara-like desert of sand dunes in the San Luis Valley. Of course California, New Mexico, and Arizona has tons of sand dunes – but Colorado’s is very unique, especially at the foot of snow-covered mountain peaks and being the tallest dunes in the United States. This geologic feature extends 5 x 7 miles with a grand height of 700 feet above the valley floor (over 7,600 feet above sea level). As early as 440,000 years ago, the dunes were formed from the Rio Grande River’s and associated tributaries flowing through the San Luis Valley. Over a period of several thousand years, and continually growing today, the westerly winds blow the sand over the Rockies and down along the river flood plain, collecting sand, and depositing them on the east edge of the San Luis Valley before the winds rise up and over the Sangre de Cristo mountain range shaping these huge stable dunes. There are also some parts of the dunes where patches of black sand can be found made up of magnetite deposits as crystalline iron black oxide. Medano Creek winds through the dunes as it is fed by melting snow from the mountains. It extends roughly 10 miles, flowing from spring and early summer from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and disappears into the floor of the valley. An unusual feature of the creek is that it never finds a permanent and stable streambed causing small underwater sand dunes that act like dams are continuously formed and destroyed, causing what seems like “surges” with “waves of water” flowing downstream with intervals of a few seconds to a few minutes, and can appear as large as a foot in height with an appearance of an “ocean wave”. The geological area is known as a “High Desert” with summer temperatures not typical of normal high desert lands, varying from high and low temperatures of exceedly cold nights (even below zero). There are also alpine lakes and tundra in the park, with six peaks over 13,000 feet in elevation, ancient spruces, pine forests, aspens, cottonwoods, grasslands, and wetlands. The park is also notated as being the quietest park in the United States. The park, is managed by the National Park Service, and has been a place of enjoyment under their reigns since November 2000 with over 85,000 acres. In 2004 it became known as the “Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve”. It can be reached west from Mosca along country road 6 North, or from the south along CO road 150. The park hosts a great visitor center, a campground, four wheel drive trails, restrooms, and picnic areas. The park is great for hiking, wading, sand castles, sandbox play, sunbathing, sand sledding, rough play, skimboarding, photoshoots, and ATV sports. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 7/12/2008. 2/16/2017. Review by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Leafworks and Technogypsie Research/Review Services.

Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Great Sand Dunes National Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2267); near Alamosa, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Maryhill State Park (Maryhill, Washington)

072413-069

Maryhill State Park
* http://www.parks.wa.gov/ * Maryhill, Washington *

Nestled right on the Columbia River, just down the hill from Maryhill’s infamous American Stonehenge is a wonderful state park with swimming, picnicking, camping, and boating recreational activities offered. Warm showers (pay per 3 minutes), nice restrooms, good camping facilities, and a stony beach welcome a restfulstop along the long stretch from the Oregon desert to the fertile valleys westward. It is a 99-acre camping park with 4,700 feet of waterfront on the Columbia River in Klickitat County.

Maryhill State Park: ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=7637). Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 28, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Maryhill State Park: ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=7637). Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 28, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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Wanapum State Park (Washington State)

Wampum State Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25965). Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 28, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
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Wanapum State Park
http://parks.state.wa.us/288/Ginkgo-Petrified-Forest, https://washington.goingtocamp.com/WanapumStatePark ~

Settled next to the Ginkgo Petrified Forest state Park, Wanapum is a state run recreational area located just along the Columbia River with little beaches and panoramic views. The Petrified Forest is 7,470 acre large and Wanapum is the designated camping area for the park. With over 27,000 feet following the shoreline of the Wanapum Reservoir along the Columbia River, it is a popular location for fishermen, boaters, and water recreation, as well as geologists, paleontologists, and tourists. The campground has 50 full hook-up sites with two rest rooms. While geared for RVs, tenters are permitted but have to pay full hook-up fees. The campground is subject to high winds due to location on river, so tenting should have deep stakes and secure placement. This is a popular camping spot during the concert season at the Gorge. While windy, it was a great time camping. Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Wampum State Park ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25965). Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 28, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
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Sedona, Arizona

112413-011

Sedona, Arizona

* www.visitsedona.com *

The infamous Red Rock Country and New Age capital of Arizona, Sedona is a hotspot for vortexes, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and sightseeing. It is a four seasons playground with venues for tourists, sightseers, new agers, outdoor sports, archaeology, history, art, culture, and high-end shopping. Got some money to blow? its a notorious place for the triple-fold price tag. The amazing pictorial backdrop makes up for that though as you’ll never run out of things to do in this magical wonderland. Red rock monoliths surround the city with picturesque monuments at Coffeepot, Thunder Mountain, and Cathedral, and Oak Creek Canyon. Hiking, Biking, atvs, jeep/hummer excursions, rock climbing, and outdoor sports abound here. First fridays host Sedona’s prominent art galleries with receptions, openings, and demonstrations. Sedona is a very small tourist town with a population of about 10,000 (ca. 2010 census). It is a geological playground with its array of red sandstone formations that draw in photographers from near and far. These red rocks bring in the new-agers, spiritualists, hikers, bikers, and mountain climbers as well. The town was named after Theodore Carlton Schnebly’s wife “Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly” all of the first postmaster family of the area. The first humans to come to the area date from between 11,500 and 9,000 B.C.E. determined by discoveries of Clovis points in Honanki were hunting big game in the area. Pre-historic Archaic people were inhabiting the Verde Valley by 9,000 B.C.E. until 300 C.E. (Common Era) for not fully determined reasons (could have been warfare, droughts, viruses, etc.) They left behind some rock art at Palatki and Honanki to add to the mysterious tale left up to interpretation. The Sinagua entered the Verde Vally about 650 C.E. bringing to the area pottery, basketry, masonry, and architecture. The pueblos, cliff dwellings, and rock art are a major attraction to Archaeologists visiting the area. Honanki, Palatki, Montezuma Well, Tuzigoot, and Montezuma Castle are hot spots for the historian/archaeology tourist. The Sinagua left the area around 1400 C.E. most likely moving to the Hopi mesas in Arizona and the Zuni Pueblos in New Mexico. The Yavapai (arrive 1300 CE) and Apache (1450 CE) moved in from 1300 C.E. to 1450 C.E. (most likely driving out the Sinagua). These tribes were forcibly removed by 1876 C.E. from Euro-American homesteaders and settlers to the San Carlos Indian Reservation 180 miles southeast. The whites marched 1,500 of them during mid-winter losing many along the trail. Survivors were interned, the children sent to Euro-American schools, or orphanages. The populations were intentionally inter-bred out. The first White settler was John J. Thompson who moved to Oak Valley Canyon in 1876 C.E. as ranchers as farmers. They grew alot of peaches and apples in the area. The first post office was established in 1902 C.E. and the area’s population was about 55. By the 1950’s the population reached 155. Vacation homes and retirement centers were set up by the 1950’s. By 1956 the Chapel of the Holy Cross was built rising 250 feet out of a 1,000 foot red rock cliff attracting many spiritualists and New Agers to the area. Hollywood film productions came into the area by the 1970’s attracting more with productions such as Zane Gray’s Call of the Canyon, Kit Carson, Joseph P. Kennedy’s Doomed movie superstar Fred Thomson, many B movie westerns, Hopalong Cassidy, Johnny Guitar, Desert Fury, Blood on the Moon, Angel and the Badman, 3:10 to Yuma, Der Kaiser von Kalifornien (Nazi Western with Adolf Hitler), Stagecoach, Leave Her to Heaven, Broken Arrow, Hollywood Ten, and many other films depicting the area as either Utah, California, Texas, and Canadian border regions. So much film production took place here that it was called “Arizona’s Little Hollywood”. Sedona is home to many festivals including Sedona Bluegrass Festival, Sedona International Film Fest, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, Sedona Marathon, Chamber Music Sedona, GumptionFest, NORAZ poets,and the Sedona Miracle Annual Charity Fundraiser. A signature stamp New Age tourist industry broke out in Sedona in 1987 during the Harmonic Convergence event put on by Jose Arguelles. Since then, New Agers have been converging on the area in increasing droves each year. Urban myths and spiritualist theory claim spiritual vortexes are centered in the Red Rock paradise most notably at Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, and Boynton Canyon. Lots of new age shops, businesses, and healing setups are established in the area since.

In June of 2006 a wildfire broke in the area devastating over 4,300 acres on Brins Mesa, Wilson Mountain, and Oak Creek Canyon with over 6 million in damages to Sedona.

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Wisteria Worm-Hole (July 1 – 7, 2013)

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Wisteria Worm Hole 2013
* July 1-7, 2013 * Wisteria, Pomeroy, Ohio * http://www.wisteria.org/worm-hole.htm *

During Wormhole at Wisteria, a settle-in-and-setup camp pre-Starwood festival event, merchants and attendees can come to the festival site and setup camp early. A good percentage of participants do this. During this relaxed week, the Church of the SubGenius’ festival, the XIV X-DAY 2013 was held. To camp and setup early, all one needs to do is pay per day or via the weekly fee to camp and ability to come without pre-registration. Wormhole is $12/day per person. There are no scheduled events usually for the Wormhole open camping, except frequently X day.

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Congaree National Park (Columbia, South Carolina)

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Congaree National Park
100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC 29061 * Phone: (803) 783-4241 * (outside of Columbia, South Carolina) * http://www.nps.gov/cong/ *

One of the natural attractions to Columbia, South Carolina is the infamous Congaree National Park which preserves the largest tract of old growth bottom land hardwood forest that remains left in the United States. The Park is nicknamed the “Home of Champions” for its age-old hardwood trees. The park offers views of an astonishing bio-diversity along the waters from the Congaree river and the Wateree rivers throughout their flood plains. The park consists of just over 26,500 acres of national park designated as such since 2003 for some of the tallest trees leftin the Eastern United States. The Congaree river flows through the park which is dotted with wooden walkways for hikers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts to come enjoy the woodlands and not get mucked up in the swamps and to protect the environment which is 57 percent designated wilderness area. The Park declares itself a National Designated Wilderness Area, an International Biosphere Reserve, National Natural Landmark, and a Globally Important Bird area. The park offers primitive campsites (for free), hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, and bird watching activities. The park is inhabited by numerous wildlife ranging from a variety of fish such as bowfin, largemouth bass, panfish, and catfish onwards to alligators, snakes, feral dogs, coyotes, armadillos, turkeys, bobcat, deer, feral pigs, turtles, opossum, raccoon, and a plethera of different bird species. The Park is notable for its Bald Cypress, the tallest/largest Loblolly Pines alive today, and hardwood tree spectrum. Some of its more famous hiking trails are the Weston Lake Loop Trail (4.6 miles), Oakridge Trail (7.5 miles), King Snake Trail (11.1 miles), and the Bluff Trail (.7 miles). The Park is home to the Harry Hampton Visitor’s Center, elevated 2.4 miles of boarded walkways, and a 20 mile long marked canoe trail.

Home of a variety of plants and animals. Some researched/photographed by us as follows:

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Bottomless Lakes State Park (Roswell, NM)

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Bottomless Lakes State Park
* Roswell, New Mexico, USA *

Our swimming hole playground while living in Roswell, New Mexico – Bottomless Lakes provided much cooling off during the hot and dry summers of the desert. Only Fifteen miles from Roswell, the Lakes are Located along the Pecos River, and are a series of natural caves and sinkholes forming lakes used for recreation. The parks were established in 1933 and was the first State Park composed in New Mexico. There are nine small deep lakes along the escarpment of the Pecos River Valley that represents the remains of an ancient limestone reef. Caves formed within this limestone and eventually collapsed via erosion creating sinkholes or “cenotes” as round circular lakes or swimming holes. One of the largest lakes is Lea Lake and Lazy Lagoon, providing a large sandy shoreline that outdoor recreational visitors can use for picnicking, camping, outdoor sports, and swimming. Lazy Lagoon is the largest of the lakes and spans over 26 acres as a single lake but is made up of three interconnected sink holes. The lagoon is level with the salt flats which gives it an appearance of being very shallow, where in contrast, it is actually quite deep – over 90 feet deep. As opposed to the old days, Lea Lake is the only lake in which swimming is allowed, due to accidents that occurred in the others, especially Devil’s Inkwell.

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The shallowest is Pasture Lake with a depth of 18 feet and a surface of .76 acres. The deepest are Lea Lake (90 feet deep – only one that allows swimming) and Lazy Lagoon (90 feet/ 26 acres). The smallest of the lakes, is the darkest, known for its color, steep sides, and algae growth, called “the Devil’s Inkwell” and is approximately .36 of an acre. Figure 8 Lake is actually two lakes separated by a thin beach that seasonally gets covered making it look like one lake at times. The circular shapes connecting create the figure 8 symbol. Cottonwood Lake is 30 feet deep, and Mirror Lake at 50 feet. The Lakes are fed by underground streams and aquifers perculating through the rocks up into the catchment holes. The lakes are home to various endangered species and all of the park’s lakes are protected. The four known endangered species found at the park are the Cricket Frog, Eastern Barking Frog, Rainwater Killifish, and the Pecos Pupfish. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. ~ Thomas Baurley and Leaf McGowan.

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Gibraltar Falls, ACT, Australia

Gibraltar Falls
* Corin Road * Namadgi National Park * +61 02 6207 2900 * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

One of the first waterfalls that I had a chance to see in Australia as accompanied by my travel mate Bluey Bee Fabbo. A nice calm overcast day, we ventured outskirts of Canberra to find this charming little falls which is pretty close to the city. Easy to find, one drives out of Canberra southwest 45 kilomenters, along highway 5 – “Tidbinbilla Road”, roughly a half hour drive turning off at the sign pointing the way to the Falls within the Gibraltar Creek Pine Forest south off Corin Road. Park and take the well-marked footpath down to the falls. With warnings of steep cliffs abound, we kept to the trail, until the end of the path dictated (as everyone else was venturing over) to experience the waters ourselves. Now, being a world traveller and having seen some of the best falls around the world, I wasn’t that impressed. It also seems probable that the falls are more spectacular after a good hearty rainfall, even though it has been deemed the largest waterfall in the ACT. The falls cascade 50 meters down into a 800 meter granite walled gorge feeding the headwaters of Gibraltar Creek.

Historically, the falls and area was of special interest to the Australian Aborigine. Archaeological finds have shown habitation patterns near the falls including rockshelters, axes, lithics, and grinding grooves. The area was first settled by white westerners in the 1890’s. The first recorded white settlers were the Woods family who named the area “Gibraltar Creek”. It wasn’t until the 1960’s with the establishment of a station for the Corin Dam Road that the location found much foot traffic. Environmentally, the falls are home to a rare species of dragonfly called the Waterfall Redspot.

Atop in the parking lot are restrooms, picnic tables, shelters, amenities, first aid equipment, and gas barbeque grills. There are more picnic tables and areas, as well as camping, further into the woods reserves. The footpath takes one to a couple lookouts for viewing the falls, though the best way to photograph the falls is to wander off path (not recommended but seems something that everyone who visits does).

I found the waterfall quaint, and would be a picnic spot I would frequent often if I lived in Canberra. Rating: 2 stars out of 5. Visited/Reviewed by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan with Bluey Bee Fabbo on April 25, 2011.

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Bittangabee Bay/Ben Boyd National Forest

Bittangee Bay/Ben Boyd National Forest
New South Wales, Australia

A refreshing break from the metropolis of Melbourne, me and my travel mate Sir Bluey, headed off for some camping along the infamous “Bittangee Bay” in the Ben Boyd National Forest. A unpaved dirt road led us to this amazing campground overlooking Australia’s rugged South Coast. In fact, we had quite an adventure with it that you can read about here. This small picturesque bay is located on a remote rugged coastline just south of Eden in New South Wales of Australia and is one of the few safe harbours in the area between Twofold Bay, Mallacoota Inlet, and Eden making it a popular night stopover for boaters travelling inbetween for the night. The campground is rugged as well to match the Bay in its entirety. The campground is serviced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Bay is also home to the “Bittangabee Bay Ruins” which the campground is above. The Bay and the camping area was once used by the Yuin Nation and the Thaua people as a important camping and teaching grounds for indigenous “secret business” and was seen as a “men’s area”. On the other side of Green Cape to Bittangabee Bay was believed to be the resting place of the Rainbow Serpent. They utilized the area for over 6,000 years until the Europeans started taking over the bay for construction of the lighthouse, fishing, and industry. At this time, the Bay was known as “Pertangerbee” and by European occupation with constructions of the the storehouse in 1844, was later called “Bittangee Bay”. The Campground also has a nice hiking trail to the Green Cape lighthouse as well as down along the beach of the Bay. Lots of wildlife in the area – our 24 hour visit blessed us with seeing kangaroo, wallabee, wombats, and oppossums. Highly recommended place to camp. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Leatherbarrel Creek

Leatherbarrel Creek
Mt. Kosciouszko, New South Wales, Australia

Along the highway of “Alpine Way” heading from Thredbo to Albury lies a nice little picnic and camping area called “Leather Barrel Creek”. It hosts over 10 campsites and is accessible by sealed roads. GPS: Latitude 36° 31? 32.52″ S; Longitude 148° 11? 34.8″ E. Nice wading stream, great for fishing, and some hiking. Camping at this site is a first come, first serve basis and is a “free” camping site. ($16 vehicle cost to enter the park) The site is located in a lovely little valley along the creekside. Toilets are available, as well as picnic tables. There are no showers or drinking water accessible on site. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Florence Mountain Park (Florence, Colorado)


Road to Florence Mountain Park


Florence Mountain Park
* South on Hwy 67 to CR 15, to the end * Florence, Colorado *

Outside of the easter edge of town in the wilderness if the city of Florence’s 200-acre mountain park that is bordered by the National Forest and a private Ranch. The park hosts picnic and restroom facilities as well as an outdoor amphitheater. There is a host resident on the Park grounds. The Park is along the Arkansas River and has launching sites for rafts, canoes, and kayaks for entrance onto the Arkansas. Newlin Creek Trail on National Forest lands is just down the road from the Park taking hikers up into a little canyon with waterfalls and a creek as well as a historic lumber site with an old steam boiler, flywheel, and chimney from a sawmill. The Park is often used by re-enactments, community groups, and sometimes music festivals. Stunning panoramas of the mountains and some very beautiful grounds. Rating: 5 stars of out 5.

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Mueller State Park (Colorado)


Mueller State Park, Colorado

Mueller State Park, Colorado
http://parks.state.co.us/parks/mueller/

Just down the road from the infamous mining and gambling town of Cripple Creek as well as ‘Divide’ Colorado is a 5,112 acre tract Colorado State Park called “Mueller State Park”. This wonderful Park boasts over 55 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and snoe showing. THe Park is also notorious for horseback riding, camping year-round, hunting, snow-shoeing, sledding, snowtubing, and cross country skiing. Mueller is home to the black bear, eagles, hawks, Bighorn Sheep, and Elk amongst many other critters. The park has over 132 campsites, 16 of which are open for winter camping. There are also 3 cabins for rent year-round. Pets are welcomed in the campgrounds, picnic areas, and along the park’s roads, but not on the hiking trails. Average park elevation is 9,600 feet above sea level. All trails are for hiking and snow shoeing, while there are 27 miles available for horseback riding and 19 miles for mountain biking. Stunning views. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


Mueller State Park, Colorado


Mueller State Park, Colorado

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Cheyenne Mountain State Park (Colorado Springs, Colorado)


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Cheyenne Mountain State Park
* http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/CheyenneMountain/ * Highway 115 across from Fort Carson Gate 1 * Colorado Springs, Colorado *
Colorado’s newest State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park took over the lands of the old JL Ranch that is nestled in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain right in front of NORAD. It is roughly 1,680 acres large. It was acquired in June of 2000 by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado State parks, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Colorado Lottery, El Paso County, and other local private organizations. It represents protection of one of the last significant open spaces along the southern section of the Colorado Front Range. The environments consist of open space of the eastern flank of Cheyenne Mountain and the borders of Colorado’s plains covering the wide variety of landscape, wildlife, botany, and geology the transitional panorama offers. Wildlife consists of deer, elk, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, foxes, wild turkeys, prairie dogs, red-tailed hawks, and golden eagles. The park first opened in October of 2006 and is currently El Paso county’s only State Park. The Park hosts over 20 miles of trails open to hikers and bikers. Dogs and horses are not permitted since many ground-nesting birds are in the area. The Park has a large information center, gift shop, educational displays, interpretive programs, campgrounds, picnic areas, playgrounds, evening programs, nature hikes, restrooms, and a camp office/store. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2010; 1/10/2010; 1/18/2010.

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7.31.09: STL Cronicles/Hearth Quest: Chapter 22: ‘The Road to Faerieworlds & Day 1’


[ Back to Chapter 21: Breitenbush ]   [ Chapter 22: Road to Faerieworlds ]   [ Chapter 23: Faun & Faerieworlds ]


Faerieworlds Greeters

From the journal of Sir Thomas “Rymour Oisin” Leaf: Tuesday, The 31st of Quintilis (Julius Caesar’s “July”) in the good year 2009 of the Common Era


“Breakfast & mate early with the mermaids Kyndra and Wendy in the Dark Crystal house … amazing company and conversations … me and Hanna were off pretty early with her car packed to the brim with my over-bulging faerie festival gear. But not until a nice soak in the hotsprings and a quick dip in the ice cold river to freshen up for the journey. As we drove down from Breitenbush to Detroit my cell phone blazed with voice messages from noble maidens who poured out offers of help to rescue me as they found out about me recently becoming stranded in the Pacific Northwest. Viktoria, Tina, and Allison were all willing to drive independently to Oregon from Colorado to come get me home safe. I never felt more loved and cared for. Thank you sooo much! I turned down the offers as I was sure fate and the blessed touch of those above and beyond would make everything work out. I just know my friends rock! Though a potential solution, revealed during breakfast was possibly buying Kyndra’s van ‘Isis Adventure’ as a means of getting back home to Colorado. Definitely something to ponder during my time at Faerieworlds. Kyndra may turn out to be the most supreme heroine in this tale … Me and Hanna dropped by a local farmer’s booth roadside in Detroit for some fresh produce to bring with us to the fest .. tomatoes, berries, and fruits. A long winding journey down the mountains towards my old hometown of Eugene, Oregon to the Mount Pisgah arboretum where me and my magical working groups – the Outpost (C.A.W.) and Ancient Forests Proto-grove, ADF used to do many a ritual on the hills overlooking the new festival grounds for Faerieworlds. Such an amazing space. I miss my former homeland of Eugene. Kelly, Emilio, Kimmy, and crew couldn’t have picked a better location – and this year offering camping at the festival, placing Faerieworlds in legion with most festivals of its kind. Kudos to the Faeries for that great move! We made our way down the rapidly picking up in traffic volume dirt road to the greeters of the Faerie Realm as they embraced our entrance in through the Faerie gates … On to registration where Hanna got her ticket and I picked up the most splendid gift as a guest of Kimmy’s (Thank you Kimmy!) as she made it possible for me to participate this year at Faerieworlds. You rock! Of course no gain never comes without a price in its own right, this pilgrimmage lost me my vardo – but not a worry in the world because I was at home with my fellow Fae kin. I wounded my foot somehow, never really figured out how, but it happened at Breitenbush I think. So unpacking and moving our gear was difficult to say the least. We headed off to the pasture that was Party Camping area … as we were totally up for wild fun and late night partying. Given how the sun heated the pasture and a need to avoid those cow sherds … we braved the poison oak n’ ivy for a nice nestled space under a massive oak tree in the blackberry brambles at the woods edge. Since parking was not permitted by the tents, we had an ordeal to move all the gear across the pasture, avoiding turds, brambles, and poison to set up in the woods. Once established, we had some late lunch and headed on into the village for browsing the amazing arts, crafts, clothes, and jewelry all around Faerieworlds … on over to the main stage for the opening ceremony and performances. Amazing to be at home with the Fae once again! Running into friends I haven’t seen for ages like my old best friend Fairygirl from Seattle! DJ Catherinna! and a handful of others … The opening ceremony and spiral dance was pretty amazing and empowering. The Wicker Men, Tricky Pixie, Woodland, and Beats Antique/Zoe Jakes, were very uplifting and enchanting. The final night special performance, a rite to awaken the faerie within us was done by the infamous Mythmakers with Woodland playing their mesmerizing tunes, spinning of fire, and audience participation of the howling at the moon together. The faerie costumes and art was phenomenal. Today was ‘Good Faeries Day’ so I was lightened up with the costume of a meadow faerie. Unfortunately after the village closed its gates and we returned to party camp, there was no hearth or central fire. Just a bunch of revelers partying in the pasture to glow sticks and poi pretending that the composition of light sticks was a hearth to gather around. That was a bit disenchanting. But the chanting and singing of spiritual songs was amazing. It has been a long day, so turned in early since no drum circle or fire shone through the night. Hopefully tomorrow night will bring resolution to this. Good night dear Faerieworlds …. sleeping in the thicket with the moon above so bright and the eerie tree shadow patterns on the tent starlight.”

My Review of Faerieworlds 2009


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Firehole Canyon Campground, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area – Wyoming


Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Wyoming

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area – “Firehole Canyon” campground
Wyoming * http://www.wyomingtourism.org/overview/Flaming-Gorge-Recreation-Area/32475
* Elevation: 6,300 ft. * Open Seasonally May 12 – September 18 * $14 per day – Single * $28 per day – double * Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 * 7 water spigots * hot showers * pay phone * 40 sites * Swimming * Boating * Fishing * Camping * Hiking *

We weren’t sure what we were in store for since we wandered off I-80 from Rock Springs forest road located from Highway 191 south at 1:00 am in search for a affordable camping location with showers. Morning demonstrated a most fabulous hidden and unpopulated camping spot that I’ll be sure to visit again, many times. I’m not even sure where I found this special little gem in my GIS/Topographic map collections, as its not highly advertised. This however is the closest National campground to I-80 south of Green River. Also the first of many outlets into the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Its a bit of a jaunt off the interstate trail, but not unbearable, even at 1:00 am. At 1:00 am, we rolled in, did the courtesy drop-payment pole, and quickly found a campsite. There were only about 2-4 other camps staying there out of the 40 spots they have available. Not bad for a thursday night in the heart of summer, with a lake. Campsites overlook the Green River and the chimney rock formations in the horizon. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area consists of 201,000+ acreas of land surrounding the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The Reservoir which is fed by the Green River is 91 miles long with over 375 miles of shoreline ranging from low flats to cliffs more than 1,500 feet high. The River and Reservoir are a very popular fishing destination amongst Americans as it offers trout fishing year round. Plenty of boat ramps located close to all the campgrounds make fishing very easy. The area has alot of history as well as alot of petroglyphs can be found in the region from Native Americans who lived in or passed through the area hundreds of years before European contact. The Crow named the Green River “Seeds-ka-dee-a” which means “prairie hen”. Prior to 1848 this area belonged to Mexico but was annexed to the U.S. after the Mexican War. Other areas of the park were once posessed by France, Spain, Britain, Mexico, and the early state of California and the Mormon state of Deseret. The area was combed and explored by Major John Wesley Powell who mapped the area initially and gave it the name “Flaming Gorge” during his expeditions down the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869 and 1871. The area is speckled with amazing geological formations from pinnacles to chimneys, various stratum layers, and formations accumulated from silt and mud as early as 40 million years ago. The area is also populated with many floral and faunal fossils from the prehistoric times. The campground is on the north end of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Firehole Canyon with a single loop on a sagebrush covered flat above the reservoir in the shadow of the North and South Chimney Rock landmarks. Each campsite is clustered next to another with a shared ramada and side-by-side parking, picnic tables, fire pits/grills, and some scattered Russian Olive trees. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 7/1/09-7/2/09.

    DIRECTIONS: In Rock Springs, WY, at intersection of Business Loop I80 (Dewar Dr.) and I80, take I80 west 2.8 miles to exit 99 (US Rt. 191 south). Turn left onto Rt. 191 and go 13.9 miles to Firehole Can. sign (County Rt. 33). Turn right at sign onto Rt. 33 and go 9.9 miles to Firehole sign. Turn right at sign and go 0.5 miles to campground.

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6/28/09: Gypsy Nomads and Lunar Fire at Owsleys (Denver)

Lunar Fire and Gypsy Nomads @ Owsley’s on 6/29/09
* 2151 Lawrence Street, Denver, Colorado * 303-296-2844 *
Right in Five Points is a off-center warehouse bar that offers great entertainment. Plenty of parking and a back patio it’s a thriving little concert hall. At first I didn’t think the stage and dancefloor could be spacious enough for the likes of Lunar Fire, but it seemed to work very well. I like the space. First up was the amazing Gypsy Nomads from New York. Amazing rhythmn and drumming. Seeing this band was a wonderful treat. Followed by the stars of the Evening, Lunar Fire with their amazing lyrics, music, mesmerizing dances and theater, spinning cloth, acrobatics, spinning, and ritual. Lunar Fire is by far my favorite band in the state of Colorado. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

Review of the Gypsy Nomads 6/28/09

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5-8 June 2008: Bodypainting @ 2008 Apogaea Festival : Colorado’s Regional Burn

Thursday 5, thru Saturday, 7 June 2008 – Day 2 & 3
Apogaea Festival * Lake George, Colorado

Tree Leaves’ Face and Body Painting Station
Didn’t start up the booth officially until Friday the 6th. Thursday the 5th was primarily setting up. Friday I had a handful of festival-goers come in for some simple face and chest designs. Saturday the 7th of June was, as expected, the day for the majority of bodypainting taking place in my bodypainting station at Apogaea. Sunday the 8th was primarily break down of the theme camp. It’s to be expected, at unplugged festivals when there is no running water, facilities, or methods for artistic canvases to be willing to be fully painted so that they don’t have more than a day and night to run around with paint on them. Though Burning Man always seems to be an exception. People like to get painted up there every day of the week. But then again, many bring full showers and create their own facilities to clean up so they can change out designs daily. Pretty much as soon as I got up requests started coming in for painting. Even when I wasn’t around, there would be frequent visitors painting themselves or each other, especially as evening came around. It was soo much fun. I think the face and body painting station was a hit and very appreciated at Apogaea, and some great designs came out of it. Apogaea, like Burning Man, is a “gifting” economy. Therefore, you don’t use money or purchase anything at either of these events. We bring things to share, we bring art and ideas to share and gift, music, gizmos, frolick, massage, dance, booze, and fun. My contribution this year, was lots of professional paints … following are some of the creations that came to be from this fabulously spectacular event. Thank you to all who came over and let me paint you, and thank you to those who came and played, and did art together …. I had a blast, and I plan to bring the painting station again next year! Following is some of the art that came out of the station …. If you’re viewing this on Myspace or Facebook …due to Myspace and Facebook’s ridiculous issues with nudity, you’ll have to view the full portfolio on Technogypsie, Livejournal, and Flickr. The following reflect those who have given permission to have their pictures posted in this gallery. If you are in this gallery and have changed your mind, please let me know at darkleaves @ gmail . com and I’ll take them down. Please identify photo by name.

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tribal Indian Princess
“Tribal celestial pattern on Indian princess”
Ben Nye gold bodypaint & brown acryllic
handpainted by Leaf McGowan
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Technogypsie
“Techno-Gypsy”
Ben Nye gold and Silver body paint
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on self
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Hot Rod
“Hot Rod Eyes”
Ben Nye facepaint and acryllic, eye makeup
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on “Hot Rod”
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Technogypsie
“Julia’s flowers”
acryllic and bhindis
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on Julia
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Tyler's vines
“Tyler’s vines”
Ben Nye facepaint and acryllic, bhindis
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on “Tyler”
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Emily's Flaming legs
“Emily’s Flaming legs”
white and silver Ben Nye and acryllic
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on Emily
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Continue reading 5-8 June 2008: Bodypainting @ 2008 Apogaea Festival : Colorado’s Regional Burn

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