Moab, Utah is a time capsule. About 300 million years ago the Moab area was the bottom of an inland sea. That sea evaporated and reformed 29 times leaving behind salt beds thousands of feet thick. The salt beds were covered with a layer of sand and stone boulders brought by streams from upland. The salt beds were less thick than the top layer forming it into domes and ridges between the valleys. These domes collapsed forming this unique landscape giving us these amazing arches and fins. You can look southeast across the valley here and see the cliffs below the La Sals which are 70 million years old and one of the youngest mountain ranges on the continent and imagine the shore line from that ancient sea.
Impermanence is the word that continues to come to my mind here. There are dinosaur tracks in now petrified ancient mud beds sealed in time. Archaic sites that give insight on the what the daily lives of hunter gathers might have been. Pictographs of great leaders within these tribes. Petroglyphs of what must have been significant events for these people and then petroglyphs that were just doodles of sun spirals etched into the stone by some bored person on watch over the valley. In more recent artifacts of time gone by you can find shot up tin cans in the middle of the desert by crazy cowboys just trying to have a good time or go to canyons that were hideouts for outlaw cowboys on the lamb. Theres even a 4Runner wedged in-between the rocks by Lions back where some 4X4 enthusiast over estimated his competence as a driver. Who's knows? Maybe one-day that will also be a fossil that gives folks in the distant future a glimpse of our on current times that is surely moving forward to become ancient history one day as well.
I truly love this area and all the history that comes with it. To explore this amazing place is an honor for me and to share it with others is a gift that I hold dear and whether I can sustain myself and family from doing so doesn't matter because Ive found a home in this impermanent land that is ever changing but still very much the same in the span of humanity.
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” Edward Paul Abbey Born: January 29, 1927 - Died: March 14, 1989