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Trip to the desert.

Last month, we road tripped to Vegas to check out what was new at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo. We have often driven by the San Rafael Swell and been awed by it. This trip we decided to explore it a little. So on the way to Vegas, we spent an afternoon and a night there and we were not disappointed! The San Rafael Swell is a large geologic feature located in south-central Utah about 30 miles west of Green River, Utah.

                                                                                                            
We spent a night in the beautiful Valley of Fire and one night at the Red Rock Canyon. We had visited the Valley of Fire before but this was our first time at the Red Rock canyon..it’s always so nice to spend a little time in the Mojave Desert. “Everyone should just drive out to the Mojave Desert and just experience it!”

From Red Rock Canyon we headed to Zion National Park. We have visited Zion a few times in the past but it’s such a “wow” experience each time one visits… Here is one of our favorite photos out of the hundreds that we took during our short stay there.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts”~ Rachel Carson

                                                                                                                                                          

Our next stop was Bryce Canyon National Park. They had had a bit of snow a few days before we arrived. As always, spectacular and you can definitely loose yourself in the orange hoodoos and stunning vistas.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

                                                                                                           

We took a little detour to check out Kodachrome Basin State Park which we had not visited before. Definitely well worth it. We were the only ones there that morning.
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” ~ Anonymous

It is difficult to rival Capitol Reef National Park‘s sense of expansiveness; of broad, sweeping vistas; of a tortured, twisted, seemingly endless landscape; of limitless sky and desert rock. Of course we found some kind old trees to photograph. So often trees are overlooked but we enjoy their company.
“A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human.” ~Georges Rouault

                                                                                                                                               

We drove through interesting, almost lunar landscape. The colors and the lines at this spot along the Scenic Byway 24.
Traveling – it leaves you speechless!

Another area we had not explored before was the “Little Wild Horse Canyon” near Goblin Valley which provided peace and solitude. We are definitely going back there.
“Life is a magical journey, so travel endlessly to unfold its profound and heart touching beauty.” ~Debasish Mridha

The last stretch of our road trip took us along the Glen Canyon and over the Colorado River and onto the Valley of the Gods. It is a hidden gem with scenery similar to that of nearby Monument Valley. Valley of the Gods offers isolated buttes, towering pinnacles and wide open spaces that seem to go on forever.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~ Miriam Beard

                                                                                                              

More photographs from this trip can be viewed here.

This road trip would not have been possible without one awesome rig!
“We’re all traveling through time together, everyday of our lives. All we can do is relish this remarkable ride.”

                                                                                                              

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