This is a nice piece on Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, and the desert. Nomad Russ has a great blog as well.
I spent a season in the Utah desert, 55 years too late. Edward Abbey spent a season in a little trailer in Arches, near Balanced Rock, when that was considered truly wilderness, the middle-of-nowhere kind. Last season Arches had to turn cars away for the first time in history. Moab is now full of latte drinkers on mountain bikes, and they’ve darn near destroyed the place (just trying to make Abbey proud here). I truly do want everyone to get to experience the wilderness like I do, just not all at the same time.
Taking my old trusty 1992 Nissan pickup truck on the desert backroads (over 380,000 miles at that time) I was able to find plenty of solitude. Maybe because it was summer, and you’d have to be half-mad to be out where I was, I found plenty of it. I was stationed at Bullfrog, on the shores…
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