Grand staircase Escalante, Utah
Your typist today – MaryAs I said yesterday, we left Arizona on Saturday and headed for Utah. Saturday afternoon, we hit one of our favorite parts of the state. The southern red rock desert. THIS, part of Utah we love!!! Before we started traveling full time we would go to the red rock desert quite frequently. We have favorite places to camp and hike all over the southern end of Utah. With the red rock desert calling us, and not really wanting to drive anymore, we pulled off and found a spot to camp for the night. Just outside Kanab, Utah is the Grand Staircase Escalante national monument. The area here is breathtaking to say the least. We got set up, fed the dogs, and headed out for a walk and a wander through the desert. It’s not as warm as the Arizona desert, but the colors can’t be beat, and it was wonderful to be out wandering. The dogs especially loved it. Much to Torrey’s annoyance, I had to keep her on the leash. There were deer and rabbits all over and she kept wanting to chase them. This looked like some kind of professional landscaping job. The yellow and the red rocks were perfectly groomed. I have always loved these old gnarly juniper trees. They grow in such a cool twisty way. This flower was new and different for me. In all our wanderings, I have never seen one like this before. Roxy had to make sure everything was OK too. By the time we got home, the full moon was coming up over the red bluffs. So beautiful!! The next morning, the sun came up and hit the other red bluffs and lit everything up so beautifully. We have always talked about having a little house in the red rock desert. This stop rekindled that whole idea. Somewhere to stop for a month or two in the Spring and Fall between art show seasons. I could look at this view and be very happy indeed.