Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rugged Country

As I look back on all of the experience that I've had in traveling around Arizona and Utah, the one fact that stands out most prominently is that the country is very rugged. Of course there are wide valleys, but the valleys all seem to end abruptly been very steep and rocky mountains. All I have to do to feel at home is to step out onto the sand or rocks on the Colorado Plateau or in central Utah. These particular rocks are across a deep canyon from the Water Pocket Fold. The steep uplift of the Water Pocket Fold is mirrored in these sharp pointed rocks. When traveling out in the desert, the weather is always a great factor. In this case, the temperature was lovely in the bright sunshine was almost overpowering. Just the day before, we had had very strong winds and nearly freezing temperatures.

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