What We’ve Missed Along the Way

Mention Highway 80 to just about any Utahan and the responses are exasperation and eye-rolling. It’s a necessary evil to go to all points west, at least faster than any of the alternatives and at the end of June that’s the only speed you want to go. Faster. I remember it differently. When I was…

Southeastern Utah Traverse

Two weeks to go before Summer semester begins and there’s a break in my days, a perfect time for a quick trip to knock off some bucket list items, like the Shafer Trail, Valley of the Gods, Moki Dugway, Halls Crossing and a bonus – the Burr Trail. Other things had come together as well,…

Bountiful to Big Sur to Bonneville

  I’ve had the luxury of keeping my daughter’s 1992 Ford F-250 while she’s been in training and she’s reached a point where she can now have her own vehicle at her new base, the Presidio in Monterey, 842 miles away. Not only is Ol’ Red over 25 years-old, it has over a quarter million…

Milestones and Milemarkers

This trip’s purpose took us and our dogs to our daughter’s graduation from the University of Oregon in Eugene and we made the best of the miles along the way, camping and exploring. At the university where I teach I’ve had the honor of reading the names of graduates at Commencement. This year’s graduation being…

Forced Perspective

Scale is as elusive sometimes as color. Your brain thinks it has it dialed in and the light changes or another contrast or scope obliterates your original references and you’re left to sort it all out again. I wish I could just let it be. Some of us humans are embedded with a primordial drive…

Promontory Point

The geography of my living is punctuated by great connections, like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Channel Tunnel or the Hoover Dam, though most might argue it’s more separator than connector. Each are fantastic structures that bring a couple of points together through super-human feats of design and execution. The history of my work is…

Heaven Near Hannah

  The greatest casualty of my divorce some fifteen years ago is the time I wouldn’t get to spend with my son and daughter. Now they’re adults, a metamorphosis that happened somewhere along the way to my mid-life, and having thus arrived, those years missed taunt the days we have left to pack them up…

The Honeymoon Trail

Track Stats Distance: 55 mile out-and-back Trail Rating: Moderate – Requiring high-clearance four-wheel drive Climb: Approximately 1300 feet Highlights: The Honeymoon Trail, fossils, incredible vistas Map: Honeymoon Trail Traverse of the Colorado Plateau The Traverse The Honeymoon Trail is a popular track through Warner Valley, up the Colorado Plateau and southeast to Pipe Springs where it…

The Warner Valley Traverse

Track Stats Distance: 43.6 mile loop Trail Rating: Moderate – Requiring high-clearance four-wheel drive Climb: Approximately 700 feet Highlights: Dinosaur tracks, petroglyphs, mind-bending geology, incredible vistas Map: Warner Valley Traverse The Traverse Warner Valley sits on the southwestern border of Washington County and the Arizona Strip, a kind of no-man’s land under the stewardship of the…

The Sanctuary of San Simeon

A little over ten years ago we were married on this beach. A year before that we brought our kids here to kayak the cove and try a little blending. We’ve been coming back ever since, the one destination that we return to about every year, and at seven hundred miles away, not to mention…