September 2019 – We spent a lot of time roaming around in the backcountry of Utah in recent weeks, and some of our best days were when we the skies grew gloomy or when the sun and clouds chased each other across the beautiful vistas.
Some of the trails and two-track roads we ventured out on started out simply enough.
And then within a few minutes we’d find ourselves staring at the most amazing view from up on a plateau.
Sometimes storm clouds would gather, and we’d notice the patterns they formed in the heavens complemented the patterns of the rock formations on the ground.
As we would gawk at the mysterious wonder of the beauty before us, Buddy would keep it real and look for chipmunks in the bushes!
There are vast networks of trails and two track roads through all the Utah National Forests, and the possibility of discovery lured us down one trail after another.
On some excursions the dramatic views changed with every turn in the road or trail. Our little Trail Scout would lead the way, but sometimes he’d have to run back to us to see what was taking so long (we’d be busy with our cameras!).
Shades of orange and red dominated many landscapes, but we found the most curious patch of yellow rocks mixed in with the orange ones in one spot.
The cloud patterns were astonishing and everchanging. One day, we watched one group of clouds that looked like space ships moving across the sky. It was amazing how these clouds and others seemed to mirror the shapes of the rock formations below.
One afternoon the sun came out and chased the big fluffy clouds all over the sky. The sun spread warmth and light across the hills only to have the clouds sweep everything into darkness for a brief moment. Then the sun would return and embrace the land once again.
Utah continues to be our favorite state, and it’s easy to see why: breathtaking views like these are all over the place. It’s no wonder that lots of folks say Utah’s most minor destinations would likely be National Parks if they were located somewhere else!
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Exquisite photography – and narration to match ! Congratulations….
We have been blessed to be able to spend so much time in such breathtaking places.
Hi! We’re headed to the Southwest in Jan and Feb. How far north into Utah do you think we might get? Thanks!
You can get as far into Utah as you like! Have fun!!
We love the beauty of the state of Utah, just hate all the weird laws…
Oh well, there’s always pros and cons to everything.
The rocks are the biggest reason I am staying in the western USA. You get outcrops of rocks and can tell the climate based on the different layers. If there is a level where there was a sea where the outcrops were you might be able to get yourself some fossils!
Very true! Enjoy your travels in the west!!
Are you still traveling these days?
We have been flying under the radar in old familiar parts of Arizona we’ve blogged about in the past, enjoying our time away from blogging. Happy trails!