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Pic o' the week 10/21 - 10/27

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:46 pm
by Mags
Canyon country in Utah is one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world. Striking formations, red rocks and canyons that reveal themselves a little at a time. The heart of Abbey Country is a place where ever outdoor person should go in their life.

I hope to make an extended trek though Utah at some point in my life.

The photo below is from Escalante National Monument. A truly magical place!


Re: Pic o' the week 10/21 - 10/27

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:04 pm
by zelph
Awsome photos Mags!!!!

This year I heard about a place in Utah called Lost Canyon or Range Creek. I need to set my life in order so I can go there and hike through the canyon at a very slow pace, with binoculars and camera ready. It's my kind of Zen Backpacing/hiking. In search of the unknown. ... 700kW.html

Re: Pic o' the week 10/21 - 10/27

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:31 pm
by Mags
I always think of this writing from Abbey when I think of canyon country:

"Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you --- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls."
-- Edward Abbey, introduction to an illustrated version of DESERT SOLITAIRE

Re: Pic o' the week 10/21 - 10/27

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:29 pm
by samh
Just finished Desert Solitaire a few months ago - having read the Monkey Wrench books a few years ago. He's gruff but makes some good solid points in favor of wild places.