There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Bell canyon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bell canyon. Show all posts

12 April 2015

two of Utah's best slots (part two)

I gather a stone along the way and mark it for my memory jar. Perhaps one day these stones will inspire another to adventure in the great outdoors.
I find boulders that need to be climbed in order to move forward, deep pools of rain water that must be waded through, narrow slot canyon walls that force me to suck in the fat of my years in order to squeeze past and carry on down the path.
As each hurdle is surpassed, one comes to realize that age is meaningless, strength comes from within, and determination is your primary factor for success, or failure.
Starting with a single step, the scrapes and bloody knees wield eight miles conquered in the unforgiving and beautiful landscape of San Rafael's Little Wild Horse and Bell's slot canyons.

11 April 2015

two of Utah's best slots (part one)

The ides of March brought an unexpected snowstorm to end Utah's mild winter. The snow and rain only fortified my desire to head down south though, as it was time to hike the slot canyon loop known as Little Wild Horse & Bell canyon in the San Rafael Swell.
My route was to complete the eight mile loop, starting by heading up Little Wild Horse, then descending into Bell. Good thing I don't have much claustrophobia though, as the slots became apparent early and often.
Spring here had it all. Pools of deep water from the melting snow and rain that filled empty ice carved holes. Snow piled up in the shady and dark portions of the hike. Open sky and warmth with only the desert landscape to fill your time while hiking along.
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