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Peralta Canyon, Superstition Wilderness, Arizona

IMG_0406That’s Weaver’s Needle in the background. It doesn’t look like a needle to me…but I didn’t name it. Whatever people have decided to call it, the formation is stunning. This day I hiked with my friends Trent and Jason from herb school on a spring afternoon. I remember seeing a diamond back rattler for the first time…We got all sweaty and sunburned and still went to class that evening. This is one of my favorite pictures.

Looking closely you can see how mountainous the desert really is. The trail head for Peralta Canyon was about 40 minutes drive from Phoenix.  I sometimes miss the close proximity to wild space and the vibe of cowboy freedom I experienced in the American Southwest.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

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Undoubtedly one of the best road trips of all time was across Southern Utah.  Do it if you have not! This was taken in March 2011. It was too rainy to hit the bike trail that day, which made for an incredibly lucky and unusual view at Arches. The whole place was covered in dense fog that never lifted. As the sun began to set toward the end of the hike there were actually a few moments of concern over the possibility of missing the trail. Fortunately I lived to tell the story =)