Monday, June 04, 2012

Au natural.

One of the things that keeps me in Utah is the natural world around here.  Fortunately for us, the Federal Government controls the majority of the land in our state, and they have been excellent shepherds of that land.

A slot canyon in Capitol Reef National Park

In less than an hour, in a couple directions, you can get so far away from civilization that if you get stuck there unprepared, you are bound to perish.  Go 3 hours to the south and there are millions of acres where you can stand and not see a single sign of civilization.

On the road between Capitol Reef and The Notom Trail

And in the 80’s, before the rest of the world discovered them, there were quite a few National Parks that you could pull into late on a Friday night and still find a camping spot.

The cliff where we threw mom’s ashes to the wind.

Lake Powell used to be one of those places, and in 1980 the whole of Free Wheeler Pizza (my first career) closed up shop and headed down there.

Lake Powell

My best friend Ed Byrnes, another employee (if I remember correctly her name was Kathy Johnson), her dog and I headed down there in my 1979 Mazda GLC wagon.  We spent a night at Capitol Reef National Park before heading down the Notom Trail, almost 100 miles of dirt road between Capitol Reef and the Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell, which passes “The Tree” and the spot where we spread my mom’s ashes to the wind.

Once we got to Lake Powell we were picked up in the Free Wheeler Company Yacht and ferried out to an island where we camped for the next several days.

The Free Wheeler Company Yacht

On the island we slept on

It was a blast, and even with thousands more people on the lake, there is still enough room that you can find a spot and be left pretty much alone.

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15 comments:

young-eclectic-encounters said...

I agree Utah is a beautiful state. Even though I have not lived there for over 20 years ohhh how I miss the mountains. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.
Johnina

Just Two Chicks said...

Love these pictures and the memories with them!

Max Sartin said...

Thanks. I'm already working on a second set of more recent pictures.

Karen S. said...

Max, I always love, love..LOVE your shots of "the natural world"...and adore your free wheeler trip around the what could be WILD waters!

Lisa Shafer said...

Ah, yes. Lake Powell. Great for photographers. :)

Alexia said...

Such stunning country! Thanks for these great shots, Max.

Gilly said...

Those are fantastic shots! It must be wonderful to live where there is enough space to have such wild places.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I've been to Page, Arizona, for work porpoises before. It was quite the drive up from Phoenix through a lot of desolate road. And an amazing sight when you get there. Very nice pics!
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Aunt Snow said...

Do you know, Utah is one of the maybe four states in the US that I haven't been in! Now I really must go.

The colors you get in those photos are amazing!

Max Sartin said...

When you're ready to come out here, I'll give you some pointers on what to see.

Bob Scotney said...

Stunning places and superb pictures.

Titanium said...

The shots in BOTH posts are exquisite. The desert rock fascinates me, calls me in for a closer look.

Someday...

Max Sartin said...

Thanks Titanium. I've seen some of your pictures, and you live in a beautiful area too. Someday I hope to make it up there too.

Carmi Levy said...

Every picture you take makes me want to jump on a plane with nothing more than a camera in my hand and a bag packed with enough battery power and memory to do the place justice.

Max Sartin said...

Carmi - Any time, my friend. Depending on whether or not you come during the summer, I'll even show you some sights if you want to.