Wand'rly Magazine

Apr 23

Broken Arch and the junipers.  (at Arches National Park)

Broken Arch and the junipers. (at Arches National Park)

Apr 22

#archesnationalpark (at Balanced Rock)

#archesnationalpark (at Balanced Rock)

Wylder, aka Big Walker, is finally learning how this whole hiking things goes. About time bud, you’re 19 months old for desert’s sake! #familiesontheroad  (at Windows Arches, Arches National Park)

Wylder, aka Big Walker, is finally learning how this whole hiking things goes. About time bud, you’re 19 months old for desert’s sake! #familiesontheroad (at Windows Arches, Arches National Park)

Under the blissful shade of an overcast day we, with significantly better attitudes, head into Arches. Everyone smiles.  (at Arches National Park)

Under the blissful shade of an overcast day we, with significantly better attitudes, head into Arches. Everyone smiles. (at Arches National Park)

Apr 21

Warning: Negativity to follow. So this was the view coming into Moab. There are two National Parks here which I have no doubt will prove gorgeous, but after Springdale/Zion, Bryce Canyon & Torrey/Capital Reef, Moab is what I assume Joni Mitchell meant when she sang “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”. Basically it’s a strip mall. I very much dislike strip malls, but ever more so when they’re in the middle of something so gorgeous. The city and locals here are too late, but should have taken cues from the towns everywhere else in Southern Utah. I’ll try and stay optimistic as we’ve booked four nights here at a crazy overpriced RV park with a beautiful view of these snow capped mountains (blocked by a junk yard full of construction equipment).   (at Moab, Utah)

Warning: Negativity to follow. So this was the view coming into Moab. There are two National Parks here which I have no doubt will prove gorgeous, but after Springdale/Zion, Bryce Canyon & Torrey/Capital Reef, Moab is what I assume Joni Mitchell meant when she sang “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”. Basically it’s a strip mall. I very much dislike strip malls, but ever more so when they’re in the middle of something so gorgeous. The city and locals here are too late, but should have taken cues from the towns everywhere else in Southern Utah. I’ll try and stay optimistic as we’ve booked four nights here at a crazy overpriced RV park with a beautiful view of these snow capped mountains (blocked by a junk yard full of construction equipment). (at Moab, Utah)

The Henry Mountains of Utah all up in our rear view as we drive through Goblin Valley en route to Moab. We’ve been planning on heading to Colorado in May but it’s looking like Utah will stay on the agenda for at least some of next month. #iloveutah (at Henry Mountains)

The Henry Mountains of Utah all up in our rear view as we drive through Goblin Valley en route to Moab. We’ve been planning on heading to Colorado in May but it’s looking like Utah will stay on the agenda for at least some of next month. #iloveutah (at Henry Mountains)

Apr 20

Cottonwood trees the size of redwoods. Paiute Indians and early settlers alike referred to them as the tree of life, as they won’t grow without a steady source of water. See a cottonwood, you’ve found liquid. As they generally only get to be 3’ around, this fella obviously has a secret source.  (at Fruita Rural Historic District)

Cottonwood trees the size of redwoods. Paiute Indians and early settlers alike referred to them as the tree of life, as they won’t grow without a steady source of water. See a cottonwood, you’ve found liquid. As they generally only get to be 3’ around, this fella obviously has a secret source. (at Fruita Rural Historic District)

Wylder Reisen, looking for his horse.  (at Fruita Rural Historic District)

Wylder Reisen, looking for his horse. (at Fruita Rural Historic District)

Imagine you’re a Mormon settler, long, long gone into the Wild West of Utah, before any of your other peers arrived here. You build yourself a small home, this barn, and begin cultivating the land for your own survival. This would be your home, hundreds of miles from anyone else in a time when even ten miles might be a day’s travel. Eventually others would come, in small numbers, and you would be a community completely self-sufficient, reliant on one another for your entire existence.  (at Fruita Rural Historic District)

Imagine you’re a Mormon settler, long, long gone into the Wild West of Utah, before any of your other peers arrived here. You build yourself a small home, this barn, and begin cultivating the land for your own survival. This would be your home, hundreds of miles from anyone else in a time when even ten miles might be a day’s travel. Eventually others would come, in small numbers, and you would be a community completely self-sufficient, reliant on one another for your entire existence. (at Fruita Rural Historic District)

The nomads scholarly types now refer to as Fremont People lived in  Capitol Reef for some 5,000 years and these petroglyphs are the only mark they left on the area. Imagine what we’d do in the same time period today.  (at Capitol Reef National Park)

The nomads scholarly types now refer to as Fremont People lived in Capitol Reef for some 5,000 years and these petroglyphs are the only mark they left on the area. Imagine what we’d do in the same time period today. (at Capitol Reef National Park)