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…

Kolob

We first camped here two weeks ago when my daughter joined me for an overnighter and line-wetting at Kolob Reservoir. This, for the most part, is a locals’ secret, with much consternation should anyone reveal the secret handshake that is Kolob in general. Even the National Park Service seems to speak in whispers about this…

Geological Exclamation Points

The land here is much like the weather. Change minutes to miles and in just a few, things are going to be dramatically different. Long stretches of featureless desert are punctuated by geological exclamation points. Not the least of which is Horseshoe Bend, Arizona. I don’t mean to understate the inherent beauty of the Colorado…

October RiSE

There wasn’t much mystery in coining the title for this blog a few years ago; Cornering Consciousness was not only the intent of our adventures, but also the outcome of the process. And in all that we’ve done so far we have yet to have that consciousness manifest with such impact as it was in our latest…

Hurricane to Hell

One of the many great things technology has done for mankind is diminish the frequency of the turn of phrase, there’s only one way to find out, the very words uttered (or so we imagine), when Lorrel “Sixty” McInnely put his bulldozer in gear towing a compressor across two felled lodgepole pines that spanned the gap…

Skutumpah

It was really more by accident that we came across the Willis Creek Trail. On Pioneer Day morning we were looking for dog-friendly day hikes close to Hurricane, something that would get us out of the hottest day of the year so far, with water for Ginger and Maryann. In her search, Mindy found a…

On Just Being There

Despite all the celluloid and digital records I’ve made of this canyon, I’ve never had a moment where I could say that’s a keeper, I believe because all attempts to replicate fail on so many levels compared to Zion’s contextual impact on just being there, especially with someone you love. For me there’s little point in…

Atlatl Mecca

There’s a kind of cosmic camping serendipity that both graces and curses our adventures when we decide to rough it amidst the public. The grace is in a timing that affords us an unanticipated cultural experience. The curse is relative the amount of noise created by neighboring roughers after sunset and before sunrise and the…

Dog-Friendly

In his book, The Mastery of Love, don Miguel Ruiz says that the perfect relationship is like the one you have with your dog and only half that relationship is perfect, the dog’s half. Another researcher has likened the excitement that your dog feels when you come home at the end of the day to the…

Reunion in the Uintahs

Speak the names of most small towns in Utah and you can immediately fetter out who’s a native and who isn’t, especially when you say the words, “Tabiona” or “Hannah.” These neighboring villas are nestled along the Duchesne River at the base of the High Uintah Mountains, and host the annual gatherings of the Moons…