In the Strike Valley

The geology east of Capitol Reef National Park is an amazing conglomerate of features. One of the more interesting of these is an elongated valley sandwiched between the uplifts of the Henry Mountains and the Waterpocket Fold and running parallel to the rock layers of...

And Bud Makes Five

The claret cup (Echinocereus triglochindiatus) is a small member of the hedge hog cactus family native to a wide area of the Southwest. The Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, a wonderful piece of nature just north of the town of Escalante, is a perfect habitat for...

Capitol Cirrus

When we began visiting Capitol Reef National Park early in the second decade of the current century, I was amazed that it had taken us so long to discover the magic of this awesome place. We had previously played along Notom Road and the Burr Trail; and our...

Layer on Layer on Layer

Looking eastward from the top of Cape Final across the magnificent vista of Unkar Creek one can sense without directly seeing the intriguing smaller watersheds of Basalt Canyon and Lava Canyon, well-named for the primary content of their rocks. The North Rim of the...
This Little Light

This Little Light

As I mentioned in last week’s posting, August is the month of atmospherics in the Southern Appalachians of our home, and it is becoming clear to me that the area along the Blue Ridge Parkway between the Craggies (Pinnacle and Dome) and Mt. Mitchell is a...