Spring is in the Air

March 19, 2023 It has been a busy week for me here in Escalante which is why I’m a bit late getting this written.  We had a work campers reunion get together at our local pub last weekend.  The band was jamming and everyone seemed to have a good time and was happy to see each other.  I couldn’t convince anyone to dance with me, but luckily I am happy to dance alone.  A group of us went to the Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe which was 2 & 1/2 hours away.  We had nice weather while we were there.  The springs were the…

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Pagans and Cosmic Places

March 11, 2023 Many work campers have arrived here at Yonder over the past week while Luke has been away in Massachusetts doing projects with Caroline’s Cannabis.  He also made her website, isn’t it beautiful?  I was glad to have some people to help get me out since we are back at the campground and Luke took our truck.  I wasn’t about to drive 10 hours to take him the airport and it’s not so hard to go a week without transportation.  Curtis let me borrow his truck to finish a quick shoot I did for a local hotel, what a guy.  Sara drove…

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The Mud and the Blood, Part Deaux

March 5, 2023 Mud season is just about upon us as our weather has shifted from cold snow storms to warm days of melting over the past week.  This all brings us to what I hear is called mud season.  Wikipedia says that this term is usually used most commonly in the Great Lakes region and in northern New England, but I don’t recall hearing it often in Massachusetts.  Perhaps because most of the places I inhabited there were paved.  The mud is no joke so if you live in a place that celebrates this season, think twice before traveling on a dirt road.…

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John Wesley Powell, American Badass

February 25, 2023 John Wesley Powell began exploring the Colorado River and canyons on the staircase in 1869.  Prior to his expedition, most white explorers who came to this area regarded the canyons as unimpressive geological formations that stood in the way of easy travel through the area.  When he completed surveying the area he stated, ‘“I tell you gentlemen, you are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over water rights, for there is not sufficient water to supply these lands!”’ (Sadler, The Colorado, 2018).  In this same book Sadler also shares a famous quote from Mark Twain, ‘“whisky’s for drinking, water’s…

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The Horniest Dinosaur

February 18, 2023 Happy belated Valentine’s Day y’all.  I started this week by making homemade Valentine’s Day cards one afternoon with a woman who lives in town and loves to craft.  My friend Sara and I went over to her house where she had stickers, cloth, beads, glitter, magazines to cut up, and colored card stock.  She showed us some that she had made for ideas and inspiration and we got to work. We made some to send to family and some for local friends.  Making custom Valentines is not a quick task though so we ended up making them for only a few…

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The Mud and the Blood in Southern Utah

February 10, 2023 So I actually don’t have any stories involving blood this week, but there sure is mud.  Spring is coming soon and we are all getting excited about getting outside more.  There’s a buzzing energy lately when I go into the Visitor Center to volunteer as the rangers talk about hikes or projects that they have planned.  We’ve also had more visitors coming in to ask questions or gather maps as well as many more people calling to ask questions in preparation for trips they have planned soon to the area.  My friend Sara who worked at Yonder with me last summer…

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Thanks Anyway, Mr. Groundhog

February 3, 2023 Well, it’s still winter, but temps have gone above freezing a few times so some of the snow here has been melting and we are seeing more people out and about exploring the monument over the past week.  The urge to adventure is a bit contagious as it has led several of us at the visitor center to begin planning adventures of our own.  I just planned a hike for this weekend and I’m hoping that it works out well for us and it’s not too slippery or cold.  I think we are all at the point now where we are…

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Utah National Parks in Winter

January 28, 2023 The winter adventures continued this week as we took Luke’s mother Lynn all around southern Utah and to the National parks.  It has continued to be snowy and cold for the rest of her time visiting so we found things to do in the car and took walks on paved and plowed roads.  We took a ride through Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary in Kanab and had a nice lunch at a Cuban restaurant.  She tried mojo pork and liked it which is great since I had it on my menu plan for later in the week.  Here is Angel’s Rest Pet…

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A Snowy Trip Through Southern Utah

January 21, 2023 Well Luke turned 40 yesterday and we celebrated his latest trip around the sun.  Luke’s mother Lynn has been visiting for the past week and so has very snowy weather.  We have been challenged with trying to find sights to show her and activities to do that she will enjoy.  It is still beautiful out here when it’s covered in snow, but you cannot see all of the colors of the landscape with the snow on everything and hiking is a bit challenging as some places are slippery or the snow is too deep for her hiking boots.  We tried to…

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