“Sitting in a forested field alone at night after I set up camp late – with just some distant voices and fire flickers to keep me company – then waking to sun blazing over pines and grasses, turning them into glistening golden hues.” Tamara Thiessen, US Diary Notes
When I think to when I was last deliciously happy, it was here. And in all the US landscapes encountered on my recent road trip. I so miss them! Nostalgia? Nup. Just true love. When you’re confronted with this kind of nature it leaves a big imprint on the soul. You’re own personal road map. Of meaningful things.
Reflecting on those landscapes … the wild natural ones, I’m speechless. A rare occurrence. Stilled by the enormity and scale of the beauty I saw … and by my immense longing to return.
I’m talking mostly of my adventures in, as I call it, Canyonland … the Grand Canyon North and South, Bryce, Zion … and hiking and camping out in the wild, just me and my trusty jeep and tent. Sitting in a forested field alone at night having set up camp late – with just some distant voices and fire flickers to keep me company – then waking to sun blazing over pines and grasses, turning them into glistening golden hues.
Or perched a meter from the Canyon’s rim, eating breakfast and coffee cooked up on my Coleman.
I truly don’t believe there is a more ecstatic feeling, than setting yourself free, unleashing yourself in the natural world in such a way.
Now just couple of final notes. Yes I know the North Rim is in Arizona and I’ll be returning there soon, in writing as life. But this blog went way off rambling, like me. It’s an uncontrollable urge you see. Clearly these photos are no chefs d’ouevres. These are my Samsung snappies and selfies. Shot all the same with a 16mp camera (I still have to pinch myself to believe that my phone outstrips by far my former 10mp Nikon d80!)
I’ll be posting some hopefully inspiring galeries soon on my photography blog/page taken with my Nikon D810. A marvel!! So do subscribe to stay in tune … and please come walk with me! There is no better vocation in life.
And finally some useful links for preparing that trip.
UTAH TOURISM https://www.visitutah.com/
ARIZONA TOURISM https://www.visitarizona.com/
THE NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE https://www.nps.org/
BRYCE CANYON For Bryce Canyon specifics also naturally the NPS.
THE BRYCE NATIONAL PARK LODGE http://www.brycecanyonforever.com/ This is like something from Daniel Boon. An historic lodging full of vintage ethnic chic. And if it was any closer you’d go over the void in your PJ’s. Sleep walkers (and drunks) watch out! (I’ll be revisiting the lodge in upcoming blogs as well as the thrill of camping out in the wild in National Forest … I’m a woman of extremes. Digital nomad. Back to nature vagrant. Hard yakka solo woman traveler. Hotel fiend).