on the side of Peach Wash, Navajo Reservation, Arizona.
Photo courtesy W. Priedhorsky.
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Wednesday, January 16,
"Thirty Seasons in the Canyon Country: Walking in Beauty"
by Bill Priedhorsky
The canyon country of
southeast Utah and northeast Arizona is the wildest part of
the 48 states, with deep slot canyons, miles of bare
slickrock, and the last mountain range to be discovered
south of Alaska. Surprisingly, there are many water
sources within this desert, making possible multi-day
explorations into this land of stark beauty. We who
live in northern New Mexico are lucky enough to live within
a day's drive of the canyon country. At the January
meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Bill Priedhorsky
will share stories and pictures from 30 years of canyon
adventures with the Mountaineers. These spring and
fall expeditions bring surprises around every corner in the
trail and twist in the canyon.
The canyons are a place for
physical adventure, even if, in Bill's case, not highly
technical, but also a place where lifelong friendships are
formed and nurtured. The canyon country takes hours to
cross, even on a high-speed highway, extending from the
southeast corner of Utah to Zion and Bryce parks in the
west, and from the Grand Canyon in the south to the San
Rafael Swell in the north.