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Big Bird

Big Bird

 Saturday, I headed south on my own to do a solo hike from the rebuilt Paria movie set to Starlight Arch, east of Kanab Utah. I chose to climb up the east end of the plateau and return off the south side after visiting the arch. Just before I crested the east end of the cliffs […]

Heaven in Utah

Heaven in Utah

David and I drove down to St. George Utah so we could visit Eye of Heaven Arch to the southeast. On our way to Eye of Heaven Arch, we drove through Hilsdale Utah, a funky little town situated on the Utah and Arizona border. This is polygamy country. The houses are big and could easily […]

Mighty Big Horny Toads

Mighty Big Horny Toads

David and I headed south to spend the weekend in the area west of Blanding Utah. We wanted to explore the area in an around the Dark Canyon Wilderness area, north of Natural Bridges National Park. On a hike above the cliffs overlooking Peavine Canyon, we were looking for Queens Arch below us. Along the way we see a […]

New Arch?

New Arch?

 After attending a family wedding in Vernal Utah (my home town), I take my wife and kids for a drive in the mini-van up Dry Fork Canyon to check on the year’s chokecherry crop. In an area that I had hiked many times as a kid, I discover a large class C or small B […]

Don’t eat the Squaw Berries

Don’t eat the Squaw Berries

 While camping in southern Canyonlands National Park, David and I hiked up Secret Canyon looking for some arches I had seen from a nearby vantage point, on a previous hike.  While hiking up Secret Canyon, we ran across some fresh animal tracks also heading up the canyon. For the next several miles we tried to figure out what […]

Flatened Alcove Buddy

Flatened Alcove Buddy

 Saturday found David and I hiking in the southwest end of Capital Reef National Park, and just outside of the park boundary. We are hiking into Laurel and Hardy Arches above Maverick Draw, when it begins raining. David and I take temporary shelter in a low alcove just large enough to sit upright in. As […]

Trip To Brazil !!

Trip To Brazil !!

This is a non-Utah trip comment: During the last week of May and first week of June 2001, my wife and I took a trip to Brazil to pick up our son who had served a two year L.D.S. church mission there. First Stop, the City of Salvador! Located on the east coast of Brazil, […]

Misplaced Map Location?

Misplaced Map Location?

David and I spend the Saturday hiking to an obscure canyon of of South Draw in southern Capital Reek National Park. The 7.5′ topo map for this area, indicated a “natural arch” there — though we have been ‘skunked’ by this kind of map label before. After a rough drive down a jeep trail and a […]