>Sunday 18th September. By Jodie.
There’s something about this desert environment that feels familiar. Maybe its the red dirt, or the dry air, or the chorus of frogs at nightfall, or the sunsets, or the small lizards scuttling across the rocks, or the smell of recent rain on the dust, or the big starry sky, or being more concerned about snakes than bears, or… I don’t know, but hiking here is slightly reminiscent of Australia.
Just saw our first tarantula, which triggered a series of childhood memories of huntsman spiders, redbacks, centipedes, dugites and tiger snakes.
Yesterday morning we left Las Vegas in our rental car and started driving towards Utah, with only a vague notion of where we would stop. When we reached Zion National Park we dropped in for a look, and, impressed with the views, impulsively decided to hike to a backcountry campsite in the Kolob Canyon.
Now we are liking the La Verkin trail, in the cool shade of the canyon, beautiful red cliffs rising above us. And even though I feel a bit more at home in this landscape, it’s not really all that familiar. It still seems new and exciting. Vey different from the Rockies. I think we’re going to have fun on this section of the trip!