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A trip in west America of my German long friend Mr. Chilian
Arches National Park/Dead Horse Point/Hoosier Pass
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The editor's word: Mr. Chilian is my German long friend for philately. I have introduced his brief features here, and his story have been published in our philatelic web site . This year, Mr.Chilian and his wife Maria revisit the old haunt--America. But there are two point in this trip: one is driving a car as himself; Other one is in western America, especially Arizona and Grand Canyon. He sent many rare photos for us, It is very valuable for Morricone's Fans who are interested in the Spaghetti Westerns very much. So we publish these photos below for share (Mr.Chilian's more pages : 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 ...)


Mr.Chilian and his wife Maria
001- A route map of Mr.Chilian's trip of western America

Mr. Chilian said in an E-mail: "attached is a map showing our trip. We started in Denver drove up north to Mt. Rushmore, than west to Yellowstone NP, south to Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon. From there we drove east along all the canyons back to Denver."

A route map of Mr.Chilian's trip of western America
For the sake of more clearly understand this route , I made a new map by way of Yahoo site below: Red is route of the trip, white frame and blue line are main landscapes.
A route map of Mr.Chilian's trip of western America
A few relevant web pages
Bad Lands NP 01 , 02, 03
Rushmore Mount 01, 02
Yellowstone NP 01, 02, 04, 04
Bryce Canyon 01, 02, 03, 04
Antelope Canyon 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Grand Canyon 01, 02, 03,
Monument Canyon 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Arches NP 01, 02, 03, 04
002 An explaination
Mr. Chilian sent total 102 photos, every file's size is about 5M and 8 million PX. The size is too much for web page, so we have to select 65 photos and properly compress them, but still more than 2 million PX. You can click every photo for see bigger photo. Mr. Chilian also wrote explanation for every photo. We added some note in some photos so that you could understand more
IP1709-098, 099, 100
Arches National Park, Utah. Fotos show the Double Arch and the Balanced Rock
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches Nat. Park, Utah
Arches National Park
Note: Arches National Park is a U.S. national park in southern Utah. It is known for preserving over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.

The park is located near Moab, Utah, and is 119 square miles (310 km2) in size. Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet (1,723 m) at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet (1,245 m) at the visitor center. Since 1970, forty-three arches have toppled because of erosion. The park receives 10 inches (250 mm) of rain a year on average.

The area, administered by the National Park Service, was originally designated as a national monument on April 12, 1929. It was redesignated a national park on November 12, 1971. More than 833,000 people visited in 2006.(See here)

In Arches National Park, the forces of nature have—over an immense span of time—created a wondrous landscape. Slickrock caps of Navajo sandstone cover layers of sediment from ancient oceans, shores, and deserts. Folds and warps in the layers indicate movement of long-buried salt deposits in an incomprehensibly slow geological drama that seems to have culminated—fortunately for us—in the present day.

Arches' incredible towers inspire rock climbers to scale heavenward. Hiking trails lead to enormous rocks balanced on thin spires, standing rock fins and cliff walls hundreds of feet high, and graceful sandstone spans arcing against the sky—a photographer's paradise. The scenic park road makes it easy to visit these wonders by bike and by car.

Arches possesses a beauty both grand and strange. In his book Desert Solitaire, the well-known nature writer and environmentalist Edward Abbey found the unique charm of Arches to be epitomized by its most famous feature, Delicate Arch:

"If Delicate Arch has any significance it lies, I will venture, in the power of the odd and unexpected to startle the senses and surprise the mind out of their ruts of habit, to compel us into a reawakened awareness of the wonderful — that which is full of wonder."
The sublime beauty of this land speaks to all its visitors.(See here)

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah.
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah.
Note: Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah's most spectacular state park. Dead Horse Point is a promontory of stone surrounded by steep cliffs near Moab, Utah. The overlook at Dead Horse Point is 6,000 feet above sea level. Two thousand feet below, the Colorado River winds its way from the continental divide in Colorado to the Gulf of California, a distance of 1,400 miles.

From the overlook, canyon erosion may be viewed on a grand scale. This erosion process has taken approximately 150 million years. Much of it is caused by the river slicing down into the earth's crust as land is forced upward. These powerful forces are still sculpting the fantastic shapes of the precipitous bluffs and towering spires.

Before the turn of the century, mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point. The unique promontory provided a natural corral into which the horses were driven by cowboys. The only escape was through a narrow, 30-yard neck of land controlled by fencing. Mustangs were then roped and broken, with the better ones being kept for personal use or sold to eastern markets. Unwanted culls of "broomtails" were left behind to find their way off the Point.

According to one legend, a band of broomtails was left corralled on the Point. The gate was supposedly left open so the horses could return to the open range. For some unknown reason, the mustangs remained on the Point. There they died of thirst within sight of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below.

Vegetation and wildlife in this desert environment exist on a severely limited water supply. Plants have adapted by diminishing the size and physiology of their leaves--smaller leaves tend to lose less water through evaporation.

Most of the animals are nocturnal. They venture out in the evenings when the relentless heat has subsided and there is less need for water, Other wildlife and vegetation may have dormant periods depending upon precipitation patterns.

These desert plants and animals have only a slight edge on their environment. Please do not disturb them in their struggle for survival.

Dead Horse Point State Park is on SR 313 18 miles off Hwy 191 near Moab.(See here)

Highest point of our trip - the Hoosier Pass which has an elevation of 3800 m
Hoosier Pass
Note: Hoosier Pass The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service sign at Hoosier Pass, May 29, 2006The pass is located on the Continental Divide at the northern end of the Mosquito Range, in a gap between Mount Lincoln (west) and Hoosier Ridge (east). It sits on the boundary between Park (south) and Summit (north) counties....(See here)


Hoosier Pass
The end
Thanks a lot for Mr.Chilian's support !
Nov.10, 2008
Mr. Chilian's E-mail after the pages was published (Nov.15,2008)
Dear friend Mr. Han,
you have done a great job with the USA fotos and Morricone. By the way he celebrated hie 80 th birthday - he seems to be very fit and in an interview in my favorit radio station Classic Radio, he said that he will continue to compose for as long as he is alive. I truly hope so, he is the greatest film music composer alive !!!....
2015.9.30 Added info
Yesterday, the author received an email from America (See below image)
It is from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I open the home page
I hope that everyone will go to see that beautiful place if possible
2020.5.17 An email from Yellowstone National Park
Hey Team,

First off, thank you for mentioning "Yellowstone National Park Guide" on your website:


Anyway, I'm reaching out to you because we've recently updated our informational guide website about Yellowstone National Park. And we're just wondering if it would be possible for you to include a link to our site as well, in case your readers want to know more about what we do and the newest information about guide to Yellowstone National Park.

Dorothy Lewis

Media Relations Manager

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