2016/09/23

Escalante Grand-Staircase Wilderness Adventure


Coyote Gulch is a truly awe inspiring place.  The alcove and cliff walls rise up and span what seem an impossible height.  For scale, on the image below, see those tiny black dots on far right shoreline? Those are hikers.  To get here, I scrambled down a 700ft. sandstone wall, of course with my giant pack I wasn't able to scramble back out so it was a nice 18 mi. hike out of the gulch and through the desert to find my home base.



A view from Alstrom Point, a 180 degree stitched panorama looking out towards Lake Powell in the distance.


Zebra Canyon, for obvious reasons.


This magnificent hoodoo is with a patch of others, probably a 10 mi. hike up a wash just north of Big Water.


Just some random fantastic slot canyon.


A few more with the vantage from Alstrom Point.




This isn't a mirror image, its a 180 degree pano stitch of 14 wide angle shots, I'm inside a giant arch looking out onto the meandering river in Coyote Gulch.


These strange formations are called Moqui Marbles.  I read the Wiki on how they were formed and its fascinating, and I won't butcher it by summarizing so just look for yourself. My favorite factoid was that they resemble very closely formations found on Mars which are aptly called Martian blueberries.  




A storm rolling in over Lake Powell, a welcome sight on the 100+ degree day...


Where we're going, we don't need roads!




And just a few more random amazing canyon lands in the Escalante area.... 




See the little camp site down in middle? Go to the Gulch!!!!

2016/09/17

Bonneville Salt Flats

Two hours west of Salt Lake City lies Bonneville salt flats.  I have visited this area numerous times, though until this trip I'd always found a just a dry lake bed as far as the eye could see (which is beautiful in its own right)  Though this time, I guess because I was a little closer to winter, a inch of water floated slowly along the surface, creating mirror that stretched to the horizon.  I spent 3 days watching the light change over the fantastic scene.  
































2016/08/05

Death Valley and Desert Adventures


A view from Dante's Peak overlooking Death Valley


Cloud shadows move across the Alvord Playa


Cracked earth in the Badwater Basin


Dawn breaking on the horizon


Lone grove of fan palms in Joshua Tree


A line in the sand


Route 190 as it heads up the mountain pass


Soft light paints dunes in the Badwater Basin



Wildrose charcoal kilns


Moonlight creeping into the kiln


Where the salt meets earth


Burn man burn



A trail in the salt flat