The red rock desert
We left Prescott on Thursday and headed to Kanab, Utah. We spent the night about 40 miles from the actual town of Kanab, in the red rock desert. I have loved the red rock desert for a very long time. The colors, and the plateau formations are gorgeous. After driving for 5 hours, we hurried and ate dinner so we could go wandering in the desert.
There are big old junipers in this area, plus a lot of sagebrush and a few flowers. We LOVE the smell of sagebrush so it was very nice to get a handful of it. But the way these old junipers stand out against the landscape, just gorgeous.
And it’s the variety of color and texture in the land here that make it so special.
We came across the most interesting find too. There were 2 very short rock walls pretty close to each other. And large, old tin cans. Someone had lived here, we are guessing maybe in the 50’s. How they got here I have no clue. No roads, no old paths, nothing.
I have never heard of any old mines in this area, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t around. We found the sole of a child’s shoe, lots of broken glass ware, and a wild array of……stuff.
This was an old metal hardhat. This image to me tells the whole story. It’s like someone got frustrated, jammed their hardhat on this tree, and walked away.
When we were heading back to the house, we ran across this oddity. I have no clue about this at all. It was taller than 6 feet, and just a stack of rocks.
We spent most of Friday rock hunting, and looking to see if Kanab was a place to relocate the shop. We have looked at this area off and on for several years. After taking a closer look, we were able to cross it off our list. The desert there is beautiful, but it’s all private, BLM, or right next to the highway. So the search continues.
Friday afternoon we drove to St. George and have been visiting friends all weekend. Onward to points north today.