White Pocket

Typical White Pocket view...

A typically exceptional White Pocket vista…

Mid-March 2015. After a day of hiking around the North Coyote Buttes and the Wave, I decided to break my camp at Stateline Campground on the Arizona / Utah border and strike out for the White Pocket – another stunning and far-flung location in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument…

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North Coyote Buttes and The Wave

Inside the Temple

Inside the Grotto (or The Temple) on Top Rock in the North Coyote Buttes, AZ…

At the end of the day my GPS read 16.7 miles – the grand total of my hike to, from, in and around The Wave in the North Coyote Buttes, AZ. That I even made the hike to begin with was entirely due to chance. The previous day I had been one of the lucky winners of the North Coyote Buttes walk-in permit lottery in Kanab, UT, and I’m still in disbelief.

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Toroweap / Tuweep, AZ

Above Cove Canyon

The Colorado River flows west towards Toroweap Overlook…

On my way back to camp after witnessing a sublime sunset from the north rim of the Grand Canyon I heard the distinct slice and crack of a golf ball being hit ahead of me followed by giggling and the murmur of voices. I reached the top of the outcrop I was walking along and in the twilight I could see the shapes of three people, not yet aware of my presence, looking relatively at ease as they hit golf balls into the abyss. They thought this was pretty funny stuff.

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Death Valley November 2013

The Panamints

Overlooking Panamint Valley…

“Don’t think I won’t knock you out right here, skinny boy!”

These angry words broke the predawn stillness as I walked through the Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley.

“Wait for me and I’ll come over there and knock you out with my tripod!”

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