black rock canyon


Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

My first National Park in Colorado was one in a series of many stunning canyons that I have seen all over the the country. This steep and narrow gorge in the desert had no shortage of epic views from the edge. I arrived at the South Rim and stopped at the Visitor Center before joining a 1 hour geology talk with a ranger. We learned about the formation of the canyon and it’s geologic components, while stopping to observe a golden eagle gliding above after walking toward Tomichi Point via the Rim Trail. I continued driving Rim Drive Rd. west and stopped at Pulpit Rock, Devil’s Lookout, Chasm View and finally Painted Wall View. Each location provided a unique look at the canyon formations and Gunnison River below. The various “veins” of lighter-colored rock running through the canyon walls stood out to me especially. Again, I stopped at the visitor center to collect myself a souvenir and watch a short park film. Finally, I spent my evening at an affordable $16 primitive campsite in the South Rim Campground and rinsed off using my Solar Shower Bag. The Colorado rains rolled in again and covered up the sunset, but I was glad to have things cool down again. 

Visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado and see some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock and craggiest spires in North America. Pictured here is a stunning shot of the park at night with the Milky Way rising above the Black Canyon. Photo courtesy of Greg Owens

Brian Lee Draper and Torey Michael Adamcik are currently serving life sentences without the possibility for parole, for murdering their classmate Cassie Jo Stoddart on September 22, 2006.

Cassie Jo Stoddart attended Pocatello High School, along with Draper and Adamcik.
On the night of September 22, 2006, Cassie was house sitting for her aunt and was visited by her boyfriend Matt. Later, Draper and Adamcik showed up.
The four decided to watch a movie together, until Draper and Adamcik said they’d prefer to go to a movie at a local theater, leaving Cassie and Matt at the home. At one point when Cassie and Matt were alone, the electricity was suddenly lost. However, it was restored before Matt was picked up by his mother. Unbeknownst to Cassie or Matt, Draper and Adamcik had returned to the house before Matt’s departure (roughly ‪10:30‬p.m). Having never gone to the theater, the two were lying in wait and later confessed to purposely shutting the power off. They then entered the house and stabbed Stoddart 29 times, 9 wounds were fatal.
It was revealed in the course of the investigation that Draper and Adamcik recorded their plan to murder Stoddart on video tape while they were at school.

Draper and Adamcik were arrested on September 27, 2006 and charged with first degree murder. During the interrogations, both teens blamed each other. During interrogation, Draper claimed he was in the same room with Adamcik when Stoddart was killed but denied stabbing her. He later admitted stabbing her allegedly under commands from Adamcik. He also led the investigators to Black Rock Canyon where the teens disposed of the clothing, masks, and knives they used for the murder. It was revealed that Brian was impressed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who committed the Columbine High School massacre, and it was later revealed that Adamcik was inspired by the Scream horror film franchise.

If you guys wanna watch docs about this, there’s “your worst nightmare - when the lights go out” from the ID channel. And “American teens on death row” and “Lost for life”
They’re all really good!


Scream Copycat Killers
The Murder Of Cassie Jo Stoddart

On the 22nd of September 2006 in Idaho, 16 year old Cassie Jo Stoddart was housesitting her aunties home when her boyfriend Matt came over. Later her two class friends 16 year olds Torey Adamcik and Brian Draper came over, they then left to watch a film, but they never went they were laying in wait. After her boyfriend left the electric kept cutting out, the boys crept back with scream masks on and Adamcik stabbed her 30 times. After the murder the boys drove to black rock canyon and disposed of everything

Shockingly enough the boys videotaped before and after the murder, bragging about what they did and even talked before the killing at school. Brian Draper was obsessed with the Columbine High school Massacre.

At trial Torey Adamcik and Brian Draper were sentenced to life without parole 

The Stoddart Family filed a lawsuit against the Idaho school after claiming that the boys were a threat especially talking about it during class. The claim was dismissed as the actions were not foreseeable.