Musings of a footsore amature photographer

Back to Rip Canyon

Back to Rip Canyon

In the midst of my dear wife’s peaches/pears/tomatoes canning frenzy, I was able to slip away for a whole Saturday, to spend some time hiking in the canyons of the San Rafael Swell.)  (This year’s peaches off my little peach tree. About three bushels of the most delectable, soft-ball sized fruit you have ever tasted.) […]

Hoop Lake

Hoop Lake

A wedding reception in my extended family justified a weekend trip to the Uintah Basin in northeast Utah for my wife, my oldest daughter, my brother David and myself. The reception was Friday night so we were hoping to spend the rest of the weekend at the family cabin north of Vernal. However, the summer […]

Rip Canyon in the San Rafael Swell

Rip Canyon in the San Rafael Swell

August is usually too hot to be hiking the desert areas of Utah but after several weeks of 100 degree weather, temperatures in the 90’s seemed mild. My spirit was telling me that I needed some ‘Canyon Time’ so my brother David and I headed south for a Saturday. We decided to try exploring an […]

One Bridge That Is An Arch and One Ar...

One Bridge That Is An Arch and One Arch That Is A Bridge

So what if it was triple digit temperatures, I wanted to go Arch Hunting! So Saturday found David and I bumping along dirt roads northwest of Moab in my Ford Explorer. (Yes, we did run the air conditioner — right up to the moment we pulled off the paved highway.) Eight miles northwest of Moab […]

Upper Duchesne River

Upper Duchesne River

Last June, my wife Nancy and I had taken a drive over Wolf Creek Pass and down into the upper North Fork of the Duchesne River drainage where we spied possible natural arches in the high cliffs called Castle Cliffs. David and I decided to take another look and verify that they really were natural […]

A Spring Hike in Old Woman Wash

A Spring Hike in Old Woman Wash

My garden is finally planted so I was able to justify a day of hiking in the San Rafael Swell. David and I headed south on Saturday morning, in David’s Ford Explorer. (Yep, David just bought a four door Explorer and we needed to give it a test run.) On the Hanksville highway heading south, […]

Mona to Redmond to Scipio

Mona to Redmond to Scipio

Thursday, my wife and I decided to take the beautiful Spring day off from work(s) and go for a drive. No real plans… just drive and get out of the house/office. Our first stop turned out to be Mona Utah where we were hoping to visit the Young Living Farms. There were plenty of signs […]

Almost Hiking Old Woman Wash

Almost Hiking Old Woman Wash

It was finally warm enough and dry enough to do some hiking in the San Rafael Swell area. We like the Swell because, compared to the rest of Utah’s canyon country, the area is much closer and doesn’t require entrance fees. (Yet!) Saturday morning, David and I loaded up his recently purchased Ford Explorer and […]

Burr Point Above the Dirty Devil

Burr Point Above the Dirty Devil

It has been a very dry and warm winter here in the West. We are beginning to worry that the Texas/Oklahoma/Colorado drought is spreading into Utah. David and I took advantage of the situation and headed to the area southeast of Hanksville Utah on Saturday morning. We wanted to explore the northwest rim overlooking Poison […]

Year End in Arches National Park

Year End in Arches National Park

On almost the last day of the year, I found myself with a whole day to myself. The Christmas bustle was over and the New Year had not yet detonated. Needing some time for myself, I jumped in my Explorer and headed south. Somehow I ended up in Arches National Park near Moab. One thing […]

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