Utah / Seattle / Portland (September 2014)

America the beautiful.

We tend to romanticize countries other than our own.  But I think the United States really is spectacular.  This trip I made moves in Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.  Due to a detour driving back to Las Vegas from Mt. Zion I went somewhere I didn't even know about -- the Valley of Fire, Nevada.  These red rock formations that hold the heat of the day like dutch ovens provide the Mars experience on planet Earth.  I managed to tear holes in my clothes and a bit of my flesh on this rugged impromptu sunset climb.  It was totally worth it.