Desert Sky Blue

Desert Sky Blue

My theory is that it’s the lack of water and the excess of dust that does it. The sky is just a different color out here — deeper, darker, richer. It’s tough to photograph, but I’ve tried. It could also be dehydration of the eyeballs. …

Highlights from Arches National Park — The Fiery Furnaces and Delicate Arch

Highlights from Arches National Park — The Fiery Furnaces and Delicate Arch

After a few visits, we’d exhausted all there is to do in Arches National Park, but since we were in the area, we couldn’t resist stopping again for a scramble around the Fiery Furnaces and a Delicate Arch revisit. Hiking in the Fiery Furnaces is …

The Worst Bathroom in the US is in Moab, UT!

The Worst Bathroom in the US is in Moab, UT!

I know you’ve all been patiently awaiting the results of the worst bathroom in the US competition. I’m pleased to announce that, after months of careful analysis, we finally have a winner! The award for the worst bathroom in the entire United States of America* …

Let’s Do Lunch, Moab

Let’s Do Lunch, Moab

Moab and I are in an “it’s complicated” relationship. I put the city on a pedestal growing up because of the mountain bike scene, the Slickrock Trail. I didn’t visit the town until 2009, right after Durango. Durango was great. Moab didn’t really do it for me. …

John Wesley Powell and Canyonlands National Park

John Wesley Powell and Canyonlands National Park

We went to a ranger program in Canyonlands about John Wesley Powell. Cool guy. In 1869, Powell left Green River, Utah and rafted into the unknown. The area was a big empty spot on every map at the time. They knew two rivers entered the …

Hiking and Camping in Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District

Hiking and Camping in Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District

A typical visit to Canyonlands National Park is like a typical visit to the Grand Canyon: drive up, get out of car, stand on rim, look in, get in car, drive away. Nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to get into the land of …

I Love Utah State Liquor Stores

I Love Utah State Liquor Stores

After passing through Blanding for a burger (they were a bit bland, fittingly, and the place was run by an annoying group of teens and one competent young woman who I wanted to shake and order to flee the shit-hole before getting stuck there forever), we stopped …

Don’t Chase the Lizards in Goblin Valley

Don’t Chase the Lizards in Goblin Valley

It’s weird — every park is a bit different. They all have different signs, warning about different things. Some seem to guarantee you’ll be attacked by a mountain lion if you dare to tread on the trails, other are totally blasé about it. Mountain lions? …

Hiking in Capitol Reef National Park

Hiking in Capitol Reef National Park

After our haphazard trip across mid-central-south Utah, we ended up in Capitol Reef National Park and wanted to chill for a few days in the relative warmth. Much to our surprise, so did a few hundred other people. Capitol Reef is always listed as one of …

Driving from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park

Driving from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park

We did the drive from the Bryce area to the Capitol Reef area in a day after striking out trying to camp at Kodachrome Basin State Park then striking out again at the campgrounds in the Dixie National Forest where temps were barely in the …

Bryce Canyon Does Not Stand Alone

Bryce Canyon Does Not Stand Alone

Bryce Canyon is really cool. Super gorgeous scenery, fun hiking, good wildlife. It’s a place you have to visit in your lifetime. But it’s busy, busy, busy, so we were planning to avoid it this time around. Instead, we focused on all the places around …

The Day We Almost Froze

The Day We Almost Froze

We try to keep an eye on the forecast as we’re traveling, but we’ve been hit with some weird stuff that we weren’t expecting — blizzards, haboobs, massive thunderstorms and windstorms, and plain old too hot and too cold temps. Most of the time we …