Here’s my Crikey piece on Utah, one of the most beautiful and pristine parts of America.

And the usual bonus pics:

Twin Rocks
Love that palette

Chicken parmigiana on balsamic raddichio with cous cous 🙂
Cosy spot
Balancing rock in Arches National Park
Strong boy, eh?
Strong girl!
Great picnic spot in Canyonlands
Antigone's on top of the world
That's a 1500-foot drop off behind Oscar...
Steak & arancini
Fun on the salt flats
Salty feet











When Brigham Young stopped in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 and said ‘This is the place’ to his Mormon followers, thank goodness he was too worn out to head south. For the quite beautiful but heavily populated valley in northern Utah, home to the largest community of Mormons in the US, pales in comparison to the awe-inspiring landscapes of southern Utah, which have remained sparsely inhabited and relatively unknown to ensuing generations of American travellers.

In fact, I prevaricated over whether to even write about the southeastern corner of Utah we explored, as it feels like the sort of place that should remain unscathed by the relentless traffic of a highly mobile population — its emptiness is an essential aspect of its overwhelming appeal.

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High Adventure from Taos to Mesa Verde

My post on New Mexico and Colorado went up last week. Here are a couple of bonus photos for that one. 🙂

Dried chilies selection in Santa Fe!
Found the tortilla presses for me & @crazybrave!
Mmm... tamales anyone?
When you can't decide between salsa verde or roja, have both!
Parking at Taos Pueblo
High desert fun
Roast vegies & chevre from the Santa Fe farmers' market

High Adventure from Taos to Mesa Verde

If intense colours, imposing mountains and rich indigenous histories are your travel must-haves, then the 260-mile stretch between Taos, New Mexico and Cortez, Colorado will deliver your dreams in spades.

The relief of climbing into high altitude after traveling across Texas in a record heat wave matches that of a cool and cleansing shower after a week of dry, dusty camping. And once we hit elevations above 5000 feet, we didn’t descend until southern Oregon, meaning no matter how hot the days, the nights were blessedly cool.

Stuart made some adjustments to the RockVan to keep it from gasping for oxygen and we all wished it were so simple for us as we swam, hiked and revelled in the grandeur of the southern Rockies.

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