Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dead Horse Point State Park


Once upon a time, cowboys used to round up mustangs here.  They herded them onto a promontory that formed a natural corral.  They picked which horses they wanted and left the others to find their own way off the Point.  According to legend, some of the horses stayed and died of thirst.  


It was too windy to truly enjoy the park the day I visited.  Winds were gusting to 50 mph, hard enough to blow open the heavy doors to the visitor center.  Sand hitting bare skin at that speed stings quite a bit. I did a drive through, leaving the car just long enough to take one photo, get the information I needed to claim the Earth Cache find, and even hunted one traditional cache.  Can't see it?  Click to enlarge.    


Trade items at Utah state parks are stocked by park personnel.  You are encouraged to take a souvenir and requested not to leave anything in return.  (TB's are okay.)  I wonder if that has something to do with inappropriate items some people leave.  I've seen pocket knives, liquor, candy...all no-no's.  Kids hunt these things.  Please don't leave an item you wouldn't want a child to discover.  Also, no food and nothing that smells like food.  The website reports that one cache was destroyed by an animal because there was mint-flavored dental floss inside.  

20 comments:

jack69 said...

Beautiful scene. Wind is hearing aids natural enemy. I barely can make out words with the aids, when in competition with the wind, it is impossible.
BUT something in me makes we want see the high points where it is windy and the coast line where it is very windy!

Continue your quest, seems you are loving it!

Christiejolu said...

So cool...Love the pics!

So Wyoming has a Bike huh???? That is hot...

Kelly said...

Great photos!

You'd think folks would use a little common sense when deciding what to leave.

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...love that long view...mint flavored dental floss...just shaking my head...smiles.

Bernie said...

love the photos.....can't believe how anyone could leave anything to ruin the beauty of this place........:-) Hugs

Boonsong said...

Dead Horse....etc?
I've been flogging one of those for most of my life!
Great post. Great pictures. Thanks.

All the best, Boonsong

shari @ little blue deer said...

Mint flavored dental floss, eh? That's crazy! Loving hearing about all of your adventures! XO!

chelsea rebecca said...

oh my goodness these pictures are INCREDIBLE!!!!
love your adventures!!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a beautiful place with a very sad name. The second picture looks like to could see all the way to the ends of the earth. Wow.

Hope you had a great weekend,
jj

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

What a gorgeous place!

Heather said...

Wow, such a sad story for such a beautiful place! Thanks for braving the elements for such a goreous photo.

Sounds like some people have no common sense of what to leave in those caches.

Tempo said...

Gosh thats breathtakingly beautiful. Ive noticed that some people seem not to have read the guidelines for caches.

....Petty Witter said...

Wonderfully stark, these photos are simply stunning.

blueviolet said...

It's beautiful out there. Sorry it was so windy though.

I can't believe people would leave those inappropriate items!

Vince said...

With the best will in the world. You are either shuttle-cocking backwards and sideways via about seven States. Or you could be sitting in FCC Beaumont. You are causing a level of confusion to your non Texan readers, and honestly the non 'merican ones are confused profoundly also.

AmyLK said...

So beautiful! And such a sad story for the name of the canyon. Enjoy your adventures!

gayle said...

Love the pictures!! I miss traveling!!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

That looks beautiful!

WINDOWLAD said...

...very interestin'... o, if i could just go there...(^^).. maybe, some other time in the future... i promise...!!!:)

Blessings!!!:)

>Kelvin

Jen said...

LOL @ Vince. All of the above. That was from my road trip...I bounced to, fro, and sideways across a lot of states. I'm sitting not too far from Beaumont, TX right now...could be there in about an hour and a half...

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