Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Grand Transitions

©Bert Gildart: From winter to spring, that’s what the day was all about. Winter in Ogden, Utah, yesterday morning and, then, spring-type weather (at least if you’re from Montana) half a day later.

Winter, yesterday morning, Ogden, Utah

Winter, yesterday morning, Ogden, Utah

And so, following a six-hour drive, passing around Salt Lake City, then dropping several thousand feet from the huge cedar plateau for which Cedar City and Cedar Breaks National Monument derive names, we arrived in Zion National Park, temperature about 55 degrees. We parked in Springdale (1/2 miles from the park) in a commercial campground, and then spent several hours organizing.

Zion NP six hours later Watchman Campground

Zion NP, six hours later, Watchman Campground

Zion is like an old friend and over the years, I’ve contributed a number of stories to various magazines, but perhaps most notably, chapters to a Sierra club book on national parks of the Southwest. The book is still in publication and my chapters concerned Bryce and Zion. Returning to Zion is almost like returning to a former home.

Janie and I love hiking the canyons here, and that is one of our reasons for returning. Once in fall, Janie and I hiked much of the Virgin River canyon, famous for its narrow but towering walls. We hiked the river in late summer, when the river was warm.

Yet another time, I took my son, David, out of school for a week and, together, with a young friend of his, hiked 50 miles though the park. At the time, David and Kyle Bristol (son of the man with whom I climbed Mount Rainier this summer) were about 14.

But this time, Janie and have no particular agenda, just to gather more photos and stretch our legs after two long days of driving. Our campground is located at the base of The Watchman, and the mountain can be a challenge to photograph.

Last night, however, the light was perfect. The sun was low enough in the winter sky that it created warm, dramatic side lighting.

The Watchman soaking up the evening sun

The Watchman, soaking up the evening sun

Then I waited until the shadows moved up from the base of the mountain, helping to further dramatize the mountain’s craggy nature.

One Response to “Grand Transitions”

  1. Kimmy Says:

    What beautiful scenery. I can see why this place is so special for you and Janie.