October 20, 2020

Getting out of Town

Here in southwest Utah, we are experiencing some beautiful fall weather.  Daytime temps in the 60’s, nights in the 40’s, sunny and clear.  What a perfect time to get out of town!  So over the weekend, 3 days and 2 nights, I traveled with a local friend east of here into south central Utah for some hiking and relaxation.  There is a reason why they call Utah “Color Country”.  At every turn, each vista was more astoundingly beautiful than the next.  Our total hiking distance each day was about 5 miles, covering trails that had a fair amount of elevation to them. 

On our first afternoon out of Cedar City, we hiked at a place called Red Canyon, which is in the Dixie National Forest.  The geology here is limestone of the Claron formation, which is stained red by iron.  It erodes easily creating these many formations.  

After hiking several hours, I saw a trail sign up ahead and jokingly said that it might be labeled “dead end” and we would have to turn back.  Of course, it listed the trail intersection, but to my surprise, someone had carved “dead end” in the wood.  Another psychic impression to be noted in my notebook! 

When we were done with the hike, we proceeded onward to our hotel near Bryce Canyon National Park, Ruby’s Inn, which is a historical place founded about 100 years ago.  This is a very large complex, and this weekend, it was totally full and very busy.

After a good night’s sleep, we hiked Bryce Canyon.  Here are 2 videos of this very unique and colorful place, and more photos. 

Our final day, after checking out of the hotel, we drove over to Kodachrome Basin State Park.  This location features colorful sandstone formations.  This is an out of the way location, and there were very few people there.  It was a relaxing and tranquil finale to the trip. 

October 9, 2020

Psychic Perceptions


I have been reading a book by Joe McMoneagle entitled “Mind Trek.   Exploring Consciousness, Time, and Space Through Remote Viewing”.  Joe was one of the original, and probably the best, members of the Army’s remote viewing team, project Stargate.  At one time, he was also billed as the world’s greatest psychic.  His personal story is fascinating.  This book is currently out of print, but there are plenty of used copies out there to be had. 

One of his recommendations is to keep a notebook where you write down all of the psychic impressions that come to you during the day.  And he means everything!  These can include dreams, coincidences and synchronicities, symbols, subtle inklings, messages from your meditations, and hidden messages that you pick up regarding your interactions with other people.  If you engage in any activity where your psychic impressions are useful, like energy healing or remote viewing, this would certainly be a valuable practice for you.  I have only been doing this for a few days, and have found that my dream state has become more lucid and dynamic.  My aim for also writing these perceptions down is to enhance my remote viewing skills.  Once your subconscious is alerted that you are open to receiving this kind of information, it will send you more! 

In the mean time, please enjoy my photos of the fall colors from my hike today on the Spring Creek Canyon trail.  

October 6, 2020

Yet Another Road Trip


I just got back from my latest road trip, and thought I’d share some photos while the trip is still fresh in my mind.  It is still very warm here in Cedar City.  In fact we set a record high of 85° just a few days ago.  There will be a weather shift to cooler temps on the weekend, so I thought I’d do a drive to check out the fall colors while the weather was still pleasant. 

It seemed to me that the trip was much longer than it was; however, what I am describing here took only 4 hours and 105 miles.  I traveled a big loop that covered at least 4300’ feet in elevation change, several different ecosystems, and lots of beautiful geology. 

So I started out by driving south on our local highway 15 to Toquerville, east to La Verkin and then to Virgin.  Gotta love those Mormon names!  Just past the town of Virgin, named for the famous Virgin River, which flows through Zion National Park,  I turned north on the Kolob Terrace Road.  I stayed on this road until just a few miles before reaching Cedar City. 

I had never done this route before, and was just amazed at what I was seeing.  After turning north, I didn’t have to go too far before I had entered the western edge of Zion.  The road climbed steadily and went past many fantastic rock formations.

After winding through canyons and forest, I eventually came out of the park and took a side road to Lava Point.  Today was a very hazy day, undoubtedly because of smoke from far away wildfires that was blowing into the area. This overlook is at the edge of the Colorado plateau, so the drop off here is extremely steep.  Here is a photo looking down over the edge.
Unfortunately, because of the haze in the air, the view of the mountains of Zion National Park from the overlook is pretty obscured.  I've enhanced these photos a bit so you can see them in the distance.

On my way back to the main road, I photographed a beautiful pond and also some horses grazing in a field.

As you can see, I was now in a zone where the aspens were looking really colorful. Perhaps because of having more moisture at these high elevations, the trees were looking better than in other areas. 
My next destination was Kolob Reservoir.  As I got closer, I could see that there were more summer cabins and recreational activities here.  In a normal year with more rain, I would expect to still see more green fields and more color on the trees.  Here is the reservoir.

At this point, the paved road became a well maintained dirt and gravel one.  Very dusty!  Some lovely colors at local homesteads.

After driving past the large properties that were still in the aspen woods, the road came out into an area of broad high meadows with small aspen groves interspersed.  I could see sheep, although I did not know what they were eating, as everything was so dried up.  They will be herded into the lower pastures around Cedar City for the winter.  In the left of this first photo, you can see the road that I was traveling on.

This road goes through a very isolated area.  From the reservoir and the start of the dirt road, north and down to almost Cedar City, it is closed in the winter.  Thoughts of my car breaking down out here floated through my mind, but I knew I was getting close to home, so I pushed onward.  

After entering an area of very large aspens that had already lost their leaves because of the dryness and the high elevation, I started seeing more signs of life in the form of many more summer cabins and small houses.  They all looked like they were already shut down for the winter.  Then, the road became asphalt once again, and there were other cars passing me, too.  Relief!  

For this next stretch, I do not have any photos, as I was driving down a winding road with switchbacks and drop offs, and there were very few places to park along the side.  I estimate that the elevation change was about 2000' going down here.  I did get a photo about half way down to the bottom of the beautiful geology down below and just east of Cedar City.

The fall foliage here was very colorful, as I was now on the north facing and moister side of Cedar Mountain.  There are a lot of maple trees in the mountains that turn bright red in the fall.  Here is a photo of some of them.
A lot was covered in 4 hours.  I will definitely do this trip again, probably just the lower paved end in the spring when everything is green.  If we have more rain next year, a lot of this will look totally different!