Monday, November 28, 2016

Giving Thanks with Friends – The Movie


When we last met five months ago it was at Elves Chasm, a nifty little side canyon and waterfall that pours itself into the Colorado River at river mile 117 in Grand Canyon. At the time, I was preparing to hoist myself back onto our J-rig in anticipation of a lunchtime serenade downstream within the Great Unconformity. But then life happened. I have been neglectful in the telling of my tale. Was I stuck in an endlessly swirling eddy all these months? Not exactly, but close. From mid–April through the end of October I worked as a fee ranger at the busy swirling craziness that is summer at Zion National Park. I was so absolutely exhausted at the end of each day that my brain could barely gather a coherent thought, much less put together a complete sentence. It is the end of November and I am only now recovering.


Soon I shall return to my rafting adventure Living the Dream, but for now I would like to share my Thanksgiving with you. I spent the holiday with a small group of friends (and one adorable pooch) at a cabin at a ranch in a corner of The Back of Beyond, also known as southwest Utah. We hiked, we drank wine, we ate, we hiked some more, we ate again, and we drank more wine. We laughed heartily, and we watched for rocks at every opportunity.

This 7-minute movie took me all day to edit but that might be due to the bottle of wine I felt compelled to finish as I resized and reformatted and copied and pasted. 

I hope you enjoy it!


8 comments:

  1. Beautiful and I did enjoy! Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving. I've always wanted to visit your part of our country and see these places so much. But life got in the way and now I am too old and can't walk so well. So I just enjoy seeing pics like yours on FB. Keep sharing please.

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    1. You are very welcome! I am glad you enjoyed the pictures. I have been writing this blog since 2010 so check out my other posts - there are hundreds!

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  2. For Thanksgiving we explored the region around (and outside) of Zion from the back country mesas. We had dinner at the Trading Post in Virgin simply because my RV is not big enough for feat cooking. However, it does hold wine (and winos) nicely. I really enjoy your blog, having discovered it shortly after arriving to this marvelous region (I still think I landed on Mars). I'd love to listen to a guy who talks non-stop rocks! :-D

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    1. Hi Charli - Glad you found WFR - I have a blast doing the research (i.e. hiking and talking about and to the rocks!). I have lived here for the better part of 26 years and never get tired of the scenery. Or the geology!

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  3. Great video, beautiful places. I agree, both the Navajo and soft sedimentation are awesome! So 6 months at a fee station in Zion? oh my, sounds like hazardous duty pay would be appropriate, or retirement with disability! I did that a few summers long ago, at what was then a quiet park. Hardly the same, but I can imagine ... ;-)

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    1. Hazardous duty pay, indeed, Hollis - my thoughts exactly! But then I go to a place like Deer Springs/Lick Wash and all is well.

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  4. I am one of the 4 at The Ranch. This was a most unique Thanksgiving and most memorable way out beyond anything with no electricity, no cell phone service and night sky to make one believe in forever, and a great bunch of buddies and warm cabin and the wonderful slot canyon. You did a super editing job Niner Niner. THanks for the memory.

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    1. You are very welcome, dear Judy. Ah yes...Those moonless, winter night skies...What an exquisite sight. Couldn't take any pix of that, but the memory is etched in our minds forever!

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