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Old 05-09-2008, 11:58 AM   #1
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Four Corners Adventure- CO,AZ,NM,UT

We are loading the AS with provisions, clean clothes and will be off next week to explore the Four Corners area. Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. It has been a few years since we explored the wonderful State and National Parks with their archaeological ruins, and we want to beat the tourist season, if there is one this year. Two to three weeks are the plan...

If you see a Silver Toyota Tundra pulling an Airstream with Colorado plates, either parked or traveling through town- wave us down, we always love to chat about new out of the way places to visit. With luck we will find some new places to camp and will be checking in with the Navajo tribal center in Arizona for information about Rockdocking. Chaco Canyon has enough washboard road to test our wood screws and tooth fillings! We will skip Mesa Verde as we have been there too many times already... but I love the Indian bread sold off the side of the road in the Park!

I am looking forward to clear skies, warm days, cool nights and a plume of red dust behind us. July and August are the monsoon season months, so now is the time to avoid the mud, flies and gumbo stuck to the fender wells...

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Old 05-09-2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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Oh, boy, that sounds great! Be sure to take lots of pics and share them so that I can have a drool attack!


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Old 05-09-2008, 01:50 PM   #3
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Ray.....If you are on the road long enough, make sure you take in the solstice at Chaco.......Hovenweep is a great place to stay though the campground is a bit exposed to the sun, with many day hikes out of.......Great commercial campground in Cortez right across from the visitor center..................Go out to the Anasazi visitor center while in Cortez.......
MANY MANY out lyer villages around Cortez and Hovenweep that are completely undisturbed...........

Though the San Juans are just opening up their campgrounds the high country there is great.....For me I especially like conjeos right across from spectacle lake, which is stocked...............Have Fun........Dennis
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:16 PM   #4
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We are leaving for the same trip on the 22nd. Will probably get down there about the last weekend in May. We will probably pass you coming out as we come in.

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Old 05-09-2008, 05:52 PM   #5
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I'm right now mapping out a possible extension to my current trip to Nebraska and Colorado (family visits). My primary destination will be Cortez, Colorado, then on for a few days to some of the Utah canyon lands. I've never seen them.

My reason for going to Cortez is to try to find an old buddy from my youth 55 years ago and who I haven't seen for over 25 years. I've searched through Google, used a private detective friend, and cannot locate him. I think if he is dead I'd have found a record somewhere. He was raised in Southwestern Colorado and spent time in Cortez. His parents lived and died there (his mom was a Sheriff's Department dispatcher) so there is a chance I can pick up his trail. His dad was full Navajo so I might do some checking with the Navajo tribal office (I've tried to find the Navajo nation on line but have had no success). Just on the off chance that someone might know him, he is David Lee Antes. He is a gifted musician, singer, and song writer.

I hope I haven't strayed too far out of bounds with this paragraph. If I have, please forgive me!

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Old 05-09-2008, 06:20 PM   #6
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Good luck with your search. Have you tried these:

Navajo Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 9000, Window Rock, AZ 86515
Telephone: 928-871-6386 or 928-729-4020

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272

U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202-208-3100


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Old 05-09-2008, 10:17 PM   #7
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:20 PM   #8
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Nice picture David. Nice place. Wish I was there right about now.

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Old 05-27-2008, 03:26 PM   #9
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Four Corner Gasoline Prices

Photographs are still in the digital camera, but they were far and few on this trip. The hot desert expected, was wet, windy and cold. Even the locals thought a new glaciation was in progress... Although regular unleaded gasoline prices change from day to day, this is my experience from May 13 to May 26th:

Roxborough Park, CO: $3.56 Safeway- May 13
Trinidad, CO: $3.79 Shell
Sante Fe, NM: $3.79 Chevron
Sandia Indian Casino (Albuquerque): $3.61 Valero
Kayente, AZ: $3.70 Conoco- May 17
Tuba City, AZ: $3.69
Jacob Lake, AZ (North Grand Canyon): $3.95 Chevron
Kanab, UT: $3.84 Phillips 66- May 20
State Line, NV/UT (Hwy 50/6) Great Basin National Park: $4.02 Phillips 66
Milford, UT: $3.89 Phillips 66
Green River, UT: $3.97 Sinclair
Grand Junction, CO: $3.89 Conoco- May 26
Glenwood Springs, CO: $4.17 Conoco
Littleton, CO: $3.89 Conoco
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David Antes

I just read your post. David Lee Antes is my exbrother inlaw. He married my sister Ginger. They spent some time in Coloardo then moved to Alaska. They had two children David Lee Antes Jr. (they called him Tiger) and Kathy Antes. They divorced in the 70's. Last I heard, he was living in the LA area and working as a painter. His son died in a hunting accident in Cortez, Colorado and is buried there. Hope this information reaches you and helps.

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