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    • What an awesome trip down memory lane. Thank you for writing that up. đź‘Ź

      My parents sent me to summer camp in Southern Utah in canyon country near Capitol Reef and I instantly fell head over heels for the place. I spent 9 full summers there kayaking, backpacking, climbing, riding horses and meeting my future wife.

      We get to go back to visit my wife's family each year, and I always love every minute.

      I've done some crazy things there like photographing my niece in her wedding dress in the Virgin River in Zion's.

    • Even though I grew up in SoCal, two of my kids were born in Kanab. (The other two were born in Napa and Pleasant Hill). I spent a decade in Cedar City before moving to the Bay Area and then finally settling in Salt Lake. (I guess I shouldn’t say I’ve settled for good yet. Ha.)

      I was surprised at how familiar southeastern Utah felt even though I have never been to these places before. I was surprised at how much the landscape influenced my weekend psyche. It was like a breath of fresh air, feeling that familiarity instead of the usual tourist response of amazement. (The guy on the Africa Twin was feeling that awe even though he was still pissed about the WRT.)

      Capitol Reef is one of the still-sane national parks here. Zion, Bryce, and Arches are the tourist magnets - CR just keeps humming along being accessible and charming. (The pies they sell there made from fruit grown in the orchards in the park are just one of those cool down-home touches you don’t get in the other parks.)

      (BTW, I tagged you into this panel because I had some questions about smugmug links, but then Denise gave me some pointers. I couldn’t figure out how to disinvite you once the invitation was sent. All of the sudden, sending that invite it felt kind of presumptuous. Glad you enjoyed the trip report, though!)

    • How have I not seen this thread until now?? I only found it reading @Dracula 's Avoid Some Panels thread - Anyway, I enjoyed @lidja trip report of camping and wandering in southern Utah, a favorite playground of mine also, over the last 10 or 15 years.

      Goblin Valley, Capitol Reef, Natural Bridges, Moki Dugway, Goosenecks, Edge of Cedars Museum in Blanding, Bluff and Escalante - all bring back great memories, and hundred of images I have shot around Utah.

      Here is an image of our Moby1 rolling along in Capitol Reef circa fall 2013

      Here is a few years ago, in Goblin Valley, sleeping in a Moby1 trailer

      I first travelled up and down Moki Dugway on GS motorcycle years ago, but the last time I was in my 4Runner which can be seen parked on Moki Dugway in this image

      At the foot of Moki Dugway in the Valley of the Gods

      I didn't hear you mention Canyon de Chelly, but if you haven't been there yet, I think you would enjoy it - you DO have to hire a native guide to enter the Canyon but there is so much to see and learn in there. I've been chasing pictographs and petroglyphs out west for years, and this image I shot high up on the Canyon Wall

      I am sorry I missed your invitation earlier, not sure what happened, if I was travelling or what - I think because I didn't answer early, it didn't show up on my later searches or something - I, actually, found this thread in the thread about Panels I mentioned earlier.

      Anyway, it seems like you @lidja had a great time.

      Time spent out of doors in southern Utah is always worthwhile. I need to go back, even though one can't light paint in National Parks anymore, I believe