An older man travels over sea and land in quest of new adventures
Bob Marley and other Reggae musicians often sing about Zion. So, I’ve been there, I want to go back and spend time working with the changing light. I’ll need some sort of motorcycle so I can park easily along the roadside wherever I need to stop.Finding a pull-out is a challenge. For the moment I have to go home and reload. Just west of the park I came upon a fabulous place(They claim a 5 Star rating) and I enjoyed my stay in the poshest RV Park ever. In the morning I discovered the park is located on the banks of the Zion River where it flows through Virgin Utah. How did folks name their towns? By the way, I met a lady while there who makes hand-made high-top moccasins. They are beautiful. Her website is Moccasin Lady.com. Check it out.
As I drove northwest the skies became duller, snow began to fly and I speculated that I may have to find a niche to wait out the storm. North of a community called Cedar City I found the highway that would take me across the Utah border. I arrived in Baker, Nevada shortly before sundown at a lovely RV Park. Their water supply was frozen up. Fine!
My trip for the day encompassed traversing several mountain passes and broad, wonderfully dramatic valleys. The light there reminded me of Scotland in the way it constantly changed as the shadows raced across the broad plains of the wide valleys. What a wonderful journey! Again, my photographic efforts seemed pale against the task of capturing the feeling of that vastness.
“We do not really know what draws a human being out into the world. Is it curiosity?A hunger for experience? An addiction to wonderment? The man who ceases to be astonished is hollow, possessed of an extinguished heart. If he believes everything has already happened, that he has seen it all, then something most precious has died within him … the delight in life.”
Fred is a slightly-past middle age sailor / writer / photographer with plenty of eclectic hands-on skills and experiences. Some would describe him as the old hippy who doesn't know the war is over. He is certainly reluctant to grow up and readily admits to being the eternal dreamer.
He has written several books including two novels, 'The Keeper' and 'Storm Ecstasy,' as well as 'The Water Rushing By', 'Sins Of The Fathers', 'The Magic Stick', as well as an extensive inventory of poetry, essays, short stories, anecdotes and photographs.
His first passion is the ocean, sailboats, voyaging and all those people who are similarly drawn to the sea. He lives aboard 'Seafire' the boat he is refitting to go voyaging, exploring new horizons both inner and outer. This blog is about that voyage and the preparations for it. In spite of the odds against it, the plan is to sail away this fall and lay a course southward. If you follow this blog your interest may provide some of the energy that helps fuel the journey.
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7 thoughts on “Beyond Zion”
I can just see you so absorbed with the right light and beautiful scenery looking through the viewfinder and stepping ever further backwards until….ooops there was a cliff there!
Yup, that’d be me. Dumb old shit! Just like the one sitting in his van on the Oregon Beach in a 10 day winter storm!
That’s the best place to be in a storm. At leat you’re not out at sea. And in Tofino they charge extra to stay there for a winter storm
More great shots Fred and I like your quotations on this long journey as well. I like all the warning signs you are featuring … the bridge and “no jumping” … (good thing Billy Joe McAllister did not make a foray into that territory) and not to climb on rocks and beware of snakes. It seems desolate yet with a definite personality.
Wish you were here to see some of it. You’d be ruined for life!
I am sure I would Fred … I am in awe of Mother’s Nature’s gifts … the colors there are stupendous, even the sky seems bluer.
As i drive up the wet, west coast of Oregon and back to the grey and wet, with achy bones again I know i have to get back down there…soon.