Thompson, UT

This is a post about things that we did in a literal ‘middle of nowhere’.  We spent a week in Thompson, UT. Now, Thompson is not ready to admit that it is a ghost town so they tout Sego (4 miles into a nearby canyon) as ‘the ghost town’.  Anyways, Thompson is about 45 minutes outside of Moab (the closest form of civilization), very few people live or stay there, and Jim of Ballard’s RV Park in Thompson seemed like a nice gentleman, so we decided to stay there. Great decision- we were the only people in the park all week. 

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The Thompson Hotel- Plenty of vacancy & every night is free of charge. Also, the windows are boarded up. 
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A comfortable waiting area in the Thompson Motel.
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Sego Canyon. A ghost town of the mining variety.
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Pictographs near Sego painted by ancient peoples. Ancient peoples who were clearly into creepy depictions of humans.
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Our trusty steed, Red Rammer. Because attempting to bike to Sego the evening prior resulted in a crank falling off of Jake’s bike.

Not satiated by staying in a ghost town with an adjacent ghost town, we headed to Cisco, UT. Can you believe that there would be ANOTHER ghost town out here in the middle of nowhere? 

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Popping into the Post Office to pick up that FedEx package I’ve been waiting for.
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Who would abandon these treasures?
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Looks like the drilling company really cleaned up after themselves. Not.
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Another Cisco treasure.
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If the owner of this beast was in town, we would ask if he’d do a straight trade for Dyna.
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Church goers gotta get to their field trips destinations- even in ghost towns.

Another thing that you can do in ‘the middle of nowhere’ is find dinosaur related things. Like footprints. And bones. And laying down dinosaurs. We were pretty excited to see dinosaur stuff. The footprints were super cool because they looked like dinosaur footprints! The bones that we (tried) to see weren’t so cool. Probably because we aren’t very good at dinosaurs. The guy who told us about the bones spot said they were awesome. So if you’re good at dinosaurs maybe you’ll like them; they mostly just looked like rocks in rocks to us. 

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Jake stomping around in some ‘long neck’ (brontosaurus?) tracks on Copper Ridge.
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Dinosaur boneyard. Mostly just looked like rocks in rocks, even though we studied the signs hard to figure out where the dinos were hiding.
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Dino print!
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No wonder they went extinct; sleeping right next to the future site of a dino museum outside Moab.

When we weren’t lurking around abandoned places or giant old footprints, we were playing on and around Arches.  The park is really well named; it has a lot of arches! We walked under, climbed on, and stargazed from the arches. I really liked one name ‘partition’ arch. Mostly because it shares a name with a great BeyoncĂ© song, but also because it was really beautiful. During the day most of the arches were being viewed by a lot of people, but when we went at night to try and see the Perseid Meteor Shower, we had them all to ourselves! Also probably the mountain lions were there, but Jake carried my yellow kitchen knife to fend off any predators, so, totally safe.  

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Perma-tourists.
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So many climbing obstacles!
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Jake also found a new friend- the very angry bird on top of this fin acting all ‘crazy bird’.
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‘Double O’ Arch.
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Landscape Arch.
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Daytime Partition Arch.
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Jake found a sleeping hole.
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Jacob doing circus tricks under Private Arch.
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Gentle, non-circus stunts on top of ‘Private Arch’.
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Never miss an opportunity for snacktime.
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We’re so happy about Arches!

And now we’re off to Salt Lake City!