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Sunday, November 24, 2019

12 Miles To Paradise

In order to experience rare solitude, dazzling colors and soul-quenching freedom around Zion, you need only to walk, ride, run or paddle quietly in any direction. It's "out there," if you are willing to work for it.

I never tire of Chinle. The trail begins between Rockville and Springdale, then winds it's way through a collection of glass and stucco mega-homes geared and priced for the mega-rich. After a mile or so, though, you break into wilderness...free from wishing you'd bought a plot of land back when it was one third the price of now. That's ok. We get the same views for free from our Rv BLM boondock.    

We took a side trip, trying to find a way down into Huber Wash....but were "cliffed out" by "pour-offs" each time.

It was forecasted to start raining around 1 pm, so had our rain jackets and a few layers, just in case the "liars" were right this time. I mean, it's been 162 days since it last rained here.

There are some fine petrified wood specimens here and there along the way. Hard to believe a substantial forest with large trees grew here in what is now considered desert.

One of the larger trees in the petrified forest

We could smell the rain coming long before it caught up with us. Such a delicious aroma, desert rain. Eventually we felt a smattering of cold droplets smacking our bare dry skin. Lovely.   

Our turn-around point

Let it rain...

Peace out,
mark and bobbie


  1. The magnificence of this place is just mind boggling and to us rock lovers it's Heaven....thanks for showing it to all of us Mark & Bobbie

    Indeed we just saw the forecast for snow coming to Utah on Wed & Thurs hope you get to a paved camp site....we will be watching.

    D & A

    1. I couldn't have said it better, magnificent heavenly and mind boggling . . . . thank you Mark and Bobbie. The fossilized little white thing ????

  2. This is a great hike. I remember that long petrified log. That area was covered in petrified pieces of all sizes.

  3. That is a really nice hike, especially when the weather is cool. I know where the work-around for the Huber Wash pour off is located, but not sure if I could find it from the top. That loop is on my to do list. Hope you guys are getting on firm ground and plugged in soon. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. We sure couldn't find it from above. Needed rope and harness...or just follow you :)

  4. Great post Bobbie and Mark! Looks and sounds like a wonderful hike.


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