Remote Desert Twists

A couple of years ago I spent a week in Utah, while driving around the Southwest USA. It was a state I’d always wanted to visit, ever since seeing my first John Wayne movie. The remote desert landscapes are really something special.

I wrote several blogs on the road about our adventures, although not many people saw them, since I had very few followers back then. But this week’s photo themes of Twist from Ailsa (of Where’s My Backpack?) and Remote from Sue (of A Word in Your Ear) have encouraged me to revisit one of those old blogs, which was called Scenic Byways & Slot Canyons.

The Scenic Byways part of the title referred to Utah’s Scenic Byway 12. In particular, I wrote about one short part of this starkly beautiful highway, unofficially known as the Hogback. We renamed it the Heebeejeebee Highway for reasons I think are obvious. This twisting section of Byway 12 follows a ridge of land, which drops several hundred feet on either side, and is quite the adrenalin rush!

IMG_0287IMG_0291img_0293The other half of the title referred to the slot canyons of Grand Escalante National Park. With such wonderful names as Peek-A-Boo Canyon and Spooky Gulch, these were a real highlight of our time in Utah. For humans they’re a tight squeeze, and some of the twists make them quite difficult to navigate even for Ses like me.


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4 Responses to Remote Desert Twists

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  2. I agree that the Hogback Ridge is quite the road. There’s one section called Hell’s Backbone that my mom’s family drove across in a Ford Model A when it was a dirt road (in the late 30’s, I believe). Now it’s paved, but still a little hair-raising. It’s a beautiful part of our state. Come back and check out the lush forests of northern Utah sometime. 🙂

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