Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Canyonlands on screen

Just as I was writing this I watched an episode of Survivorman where Les Stroud was in Canyonlands. In the series Les gets dropped in all sorts of remote places by himself, no camera crew, and has to survive with a bare minimum of resources - usually just clothes and a multitool. Amazing stuff. In this episode he had a terrible time finding water in the canyons, and the only food he got was a rat that he killed with a trap made from sticks and rocks.

Of course Utah has been the film set for pretty much every western ever made, and Thelma and Louise drove off a cliff in Canyonlands NP.

Dead Horse Gap State Park near Canyonlands NP, last sunset of 2007

We watched the sun set on 2007 from this amazing viewpoint out over the colorado river. Imagine being Powell discovering this as well as the Grand Canyon on the same river!
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Upheaval Crater, Canyonlands NP

There are two theories about how this crater was formed: meteor strike or underground salt movement. Amazing place.
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