This morning we trekked out on I-70 west out of Green River. This interstate cuts right through the San Rafael Swell, which includes the San Rafael Desert, San Rafael Reef and the Saan Rafael Swell. So if there's a route you're taking east, take I-70 at least through Utah...if you're planning a trip west, take the route that's the best....Route 66!!!!
OK - to the photos
I think in another life Walt was Christopher Columbus, or Major Seth Adams (you know Ward Bond in Wagon Train) or Jim Bridger or something cause we always love taking the road less traveled, or so we think.
We veered off I-70 pretty fast after we traveled through the reef part of the swell, and trekked up north - just cause!!!
The first thing we noticed was the San Rafeal River. Like most rivers through very arid climates, this has a beautiful riparian environment. The San Rafael isn't all that big, but it is vital. This is the only swining bridge in Utah an historic bridge which does wobble when you walk across it, therefore I had no desire whatsoever to participate in that.
Here's Walt great lens on the river's edge.
Traveling further up we find some family photos - from long ago!!! I actually like this one and thought it would make an interesting print on a fabric.
So then I thought "Wedge Overlook" sounded like fun, so we decided to trek over there, after a few jaunts down some paths that were very loosely labeled "roads"!
There was sure an overlook here, and for something who's not excited about being on cliff type environs, I was hugging the car door to make sure the car didn't tip over the side. Walt, was out with his trust lens in no time flat! Of course a beautiful picture came of it. This is the Grand Canyon of the San Rafael Swell. Looks pretty grand-canyon-ish!
I preoccupied myself with flowers! The desert blooms are really spectacular no matter how big....
Further down, more beautiful landscape which at some point we have to wonder if it all begins to look the same to everyone but us. These views are so majestic, that it's hard to say they are special. but they are.