Moab, Utah

On my return to California, I visited my friend Kathy Tustanowski: We were park rangers on Alcatraz Island(1984). Kathy was my host and tour guide(for the third time) on the backroads and trails in the southeast region of Utah, based from her home in Moab.

Contrived tripod photo in the Wind Caves

Kathy and I wearing our masks in the Moab Wind Caves, one of the many destinations that Kathy escorted me to in her 4X4 truck. You can never tell what virus will blow into the Wind Caves.

Same location sans us

Sculpted by the wind these interconnected grottoes and tunnels are a great to explore on foot. To get there, you need a high clearance 4X4 vehicle and an hour and a half each way.

Our time in the wind caves was somewhat limited by our late start, otherwise I would have spent the whole day exploring the Wind Caves, and looking for more places to photograph.

Kathy

Kathy’s silhouette as she channels the ancient Puebloans that inhabited these parts in antiquity.

The wind caves can be reached by leaving Moab via Kane Creek Boulevard, which turns into the Kane Creek Springs Road, wending it’s way southwest over a rocky, rutted, semi-accessible road fit only for mules and a variety of ATV’s.

If you have to balance on the edge of a cliff to get your shot, you do so. By the way, the edge is to my immediate right. Walking forward puts me on the edge in two dimensions. For me this was a challenge, and Kathy wouldn’t approve my advancing any further.

The Bureau of Land Management(BLM) has great, roofless pit toilets: anybody can drop in when nature calls. Listen to the Sons Of The Pioneers sing Tumbleweeds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UiSMyyj-Ac

Kathy driving her 4X4 on the Kane Springs Road

Here’s a sample of the terrain Kathy had to navigate to arrive at the Wind Caves. She’s a hoot!

Interior of a hogan at Base Camp Adventures a great place to sleep and explore the desert.

Exterior of the hogan rear.

Frisbee golf “hole”. This place rocks frisbee golf. The road on the right is the Kane Springs Road that we accessed the area on.

Brown-headed Cowbird(Molothrus ater). At the Base Camp.

Female Black-chinned Hummingbird(Archilochus alexandri) feeding on nectar from Desert Willow blossoms at the Base Camp.

Female Back-chinned Hummingbird.

Female House Finch(Archilochus alexandri) at the Base Camp.

Male House Finch(Archilochus alexandri) at the Base Camp.

After our sojourn up the Kane Springs Road, I took Kathy out to dinner at Miguel’s Baja Grill in Moab for her birthday and to thank her for driving me all over the desert. This place has GREAT Mexican!

Published by sabaiedmsncom

I am a former park ranger, and coastal dune preserve manager, now retired and photographing the places that suit my wanderlust. I usually have a general idea of where I want to travel to, but once on the road I just follow my nose: it seldom steers me wrong.

8 thoughts on “Moab, Utah

  1. Hey There, Ed! Great photos of a really fascinating-looking location! So glad you were able to get with Kathy so you could experience this beautiful place first-hand. Hope you have a safe trip home to MB! Come visit us again when you can!

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    1. Thank you Carol. Kathy and I had a great time exploring, hiking and eating. She is jolly good spirit. I am home and settling into the rhythms of life in sleepy Morro Bay. Restarted my 5 mile/day walk yesterday so have now logged 10 miles.

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  2. Hey Ed, enjoyed the sculpted grottoes and the color. Good to see you are staying healthy and well and are staying among friends. Stay safe, dear friend!

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  3. Great images Ed! hope you have recovered from the bumpy roads. Well done on the tumbleweed outhouse story. Can you send me that image via email or text? don’t know why I didn’t take one. Another journey and visit together well documented. Thank you for a fun visit, until next time, be well my friend, Kathy

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