Rose of the Desert

Southwest Colorado

Prickly pear cactus flower photographed along the trail in the Lower Sand Canyon area of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southeast Colorado.


Sunday, July 10, 2016
Cortez, CO -> Bluff, UT
Today, we woke up in a baseball field dugout. We’ll be bedding on the floor of a beautiful chapel tonight, courtesy of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church & Mission. Deacon Leon made us feel welcome at this this historic, stone-and-log mission, built between 1943 and 1951. How grateful we were to escape the 50 mph wind gusts (which has the capacity to almost push you backwards UPHILL. That almost happened to me today). I should mention the 97 degree heat. However, desert heat is tolerable. It is dry, and the wind actually helps in that regard. The desert southwest is enchanting and rugged, and it is another chapter in our story, another biome that will serve as our home. Sights worth noting: Canyons of the Ancients Nat'l Monument; the San Juan River.
-Evan — Zanzibar