In the Land of Canyons

Trip Start Mar 10, 2007
Trip End Mar 21, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rising at the crack of dawn, I made my way the next morning to Canyonlands National Park. There are 2 main sections where you can drive to, and I headed first for the Island in the Sky section. It was another gorgeous morning, and my first stop was Mesa Arch. The Sun had revealed itself fully in the horizon and when I reached the arch I was rewarded with a beautiful reflected orange glow on the top frame of the arch. The arch itself is a very small one, more like a window or frame peering out into the wilderness of Canyonlands.

And the wilderness was what characterised Canyonlands for me. All the viewpoints in the Island in the Sky section looked down into the expansive canyon floors below, seemingly cut with precision and purpose over millions of years. The view from Grand View Point Overlook was particularly impressive and to my mind, more spectacular than the views from the South Rim looking into the Grand Canyon. Yet only a fraction of those who make the trip to the Grand Canyon ever find their way here. It seemed such a shame but then again, perhaps this was best left "undiscovered", a rare and intimate find for those who did venture out this far into Canyon country.

I reached the Needles section around mid-day and after driving around the formations for some time, decided to attempt a hike. However, I didn't get very far. The shadows were growing taller by the minute and a couple of hikers on the return advised me against trying to beat the clock. Not wanting to be listed on the missing persons register or ending up as a coyote's next meal, I heeded their advice and turned back, but not before spending some time on a rock just watching the sun and putting my life back into perspective.
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