The system collapses around us, humanity with it, yet here we stand, rooted, happy and safe. Society is stricken with fear, closing themselves off to the world, to one another in an attempt to grasp for control. Man has always desired control as a means to understand the world around him. Yet here we stand as love in the face of fear with the acknowledgment that things are as they are and things will be as they will be.
In the midst of the current world chaos, only one thing stands true. That is our connection to nature, our connection to all living sentient beings.
So here we find ourselves in isolation, in the desert, marveling at nature’s water carved wonders. Following the footsteps of the Ancient Puebloan tribes who used to cherish and watch over this land. Beneath a bright beaming sun and a wide beckoning sky. Silence as far as the eye can see.
We breathe in nature and exhale the current world energy, filling ourselves with calm and serenity. We followed the wash through Mule Canyon to the hidden trove of ancient ruins. House on fire was an incredible sight to behold. Built into the base of a shaded alcove lies a well preserved multi-room ruin. The striation on the rock face above the house is what gives it its name. Rising up like flames, when the sun hits just right, it appears as if it is on fire.
We spend our days lazily hanging in hammocks, making love beneath juniper trees, dancing around fires beneath a full moon. With nowhere to go and everywhere to go, with nowhere to be and everywhere to be. We are just specks of dust in this vast sea of sandstone. And it’s moments like these where we feel safest to just be who we are.
There are many hidden places to explore off scenic Byway 95, one of our favorites is a well kept secret slot canyon. At this time of year, water pools up at the bottom about 4-5 feet deep. It’s a nice hike for cooling off, plus the carved canyon walls are incredibly stunning.
This lonely highway allows you to take your time and really gives a glimpse of Utah’s unique geological landscape. We’ve driven this route many times but not with our bus. Due to the Pandemic, water access was closed off to the public. So we could not access the Colorado River, the views from up above were phenomenal nonetheless.
We made our way to the Henry Mountains and spent a few nights in one of our favorite little backcountry hideouts, a geological site called Little Egypt. If you are familiar with Goblin Valley State Park then this geological site will seem very familiar to you. Red rock hoodoos rise up from the desert floor, crumbling cliff faces of shale and sandstone surround them and the snow capped Henry Mountains linger in the backdrop.
The perfect place to set up camp.
We watched the sunset and the moonrise. We watched the clouds roll in bringing great gusts of wind, rocking us roughly to sleep. We saw bursts of lightning striking in the distance as the rain began to drop. Just as quickly as it came, we watched the storm leave and the sun return. So we had a dance party.
We left Little Egypt behind and made our way to the San Rafael Swell where free camping is abundant. Signs posted show the state park is closed to visitors unless you are a resident of this county. But there are plenty of backcountry places to explore. Most states currently have a travel advisory and stay at home laws in effect, however how does this apply to people who live full time on the road in their motor homes? We have yet to find out, but quarantining in nature when you live on the road seems like the most effective way to stay safe and we are doing our part in social distancing.
We headed down some backroads and let nature swallow us whole.
Into little wild horse canyon we went, we’ll let these videos speak for themselves.
Out here in the middle of the desert nature remains unaffected from the happenings in the world. Everything remains as wild and untamed as it has always been. The washes still ferociously carve out the canyons and the sun still scorches this arid landscape ruthlessly.
For us, this is home. Wild natural landscapes are our home. We most certainly will continue to quarantine ourselves in them and hope this blows over soon.
Stay safe y’all!