From Canyonlands to Civilization

“Must he always set his tripod at the very edge of the cliff or rock?” I wondered, peering over my boots into the deep purple chasm below.  With the wind gusting, no less!  Perched on a rock in Canyonlands National Park we waited for the sun to drop. As the light changed, colors flowed over the canyon like an artist’s brush making final touches on a canvas.  All my worries about Greg’s cliff-hanging photo setup vanished – it was worth it!

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Green River Canyon at Sunset
Canyonlands National Park, UT

Canyonlands is just a short drive from Moab, UT and its National Park cousin, Arches.  This massive 527 square mile rocky wilderness is home to mesas, hundreds of canyons, spires, arches and the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.  These merging rivers rush through Cataract Canyon for 14 miles creating one of the most treacherous whitewater runs in the nation.  I wouldn’t even think of dipping a toe in that!  Canyonlands is truly a wilderness playground and a magnet for off roaders.  Dirt roads wind down into the canyons across rugged terrain not accessible by paved park roads. 

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As Autumn nudged Summer off the weather pedestal, we bid farewell to Utah.  Actually, we high- tailed it out of there desperately chasing Summer!  We grabbed her coattails in Northern Arizona and hung on until we reached Phoenix.  Our travels took us through the amazing pinnacles and rock formations of Monument Valley and a relaxing few days among the beautiful red rock landscapes in Sedona, AZ. 



Betty in Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park AZ

Now we’re in Gold Canyon, AZ just east of Phoenix enjoying the warm summer days (the locals seem to think it’s Autumn!).  Stay tuned for our upcoming adventures but know that, so far, we found two Apple Stores, toured two Fry’s Electronics,  visited Costco several times and found two “real” Camera Stores….Ahhh the joys of civilization!

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  1. Greg & Rosanne – aaaahhh – as always – your posts and spectacular photos make me feel as if I were there! Thank you for sharing 🙂


  2. Your timing was good for visiting the national parks before the temporary closure 🙂


  3. Still following your wild adventures…love it and you guys too!


  4. Unbelievable sunset picture. I’d like to buy that picture so I can frame it and hang it in my office. Make me a deal Wags.


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