Category Archives: Utah

Visit Utah’s Unique Pando Forest in September

Pando Forest

For patrons of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City who want to explore the state a little between performances, be sure to visit Utah’s unique Pando Forest in September while the aspens are displaying fall colors. I’ve enjoyed the beautiful aspen groves throughout the Inter-mountain West for years, not realizing what singular organisms they are. […]

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Determined Tourist in St. George

Prickly pear cactus at Kayenta Art Village

What does a determined tourist in St. George, Utah, do for fun? On earlier visits I’d hiked many of the spectacular national parks near-by such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capital Reef, and Canyonlands, to name just a few. I had also indulged in some geo-caching in near-by Snow Canyon with its striking combination of […]

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Death Valley Super Bloom Spring 2016

Death Valley National Park signage

Massive rainstorms we experienced in October 2015 resulted in the Death Valley Super Bloom of spring 2016. We had been driving across the Mojave Desert from the beautiful Virgin River gorge, past Barstow and on to Los Angeles, when we hit the surprising storms. Death Valley National Park is the driest place in North America […]

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Rain in the Desert

Joshua Tree

Although we didn’t know it at the time, unusual autumn rain in the desert would cause the Death Valley Super Bloom of spring 2016. Six months earlier–on 5 October 2015 to be precise–we were on a road trip heading to Southern California via ‘Vegas. As we drove south through the Virgin River section of I-15, […]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Wild Flowers in slot canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is just a short drive east of Cedar Breaks National Monument on Hwy 12. Both the Lodge and Ruby’s Inn at the mouth of the park were full, so we stayed in a tiny town called Tropic and took a chance on the Bryce Trails B&B. That chance was a lovely […]

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Forest flowers Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks National Monument was an excellent place to stretch our legs after a wonderful three days at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. We were ready for some sightseeing, and we certainly saw some beautiful vistas. The main lookout at an elevation of 10,000 feet surveys a vast amphitheatre three miles wide and 2000 feet deep […]

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