Tall Tales From The Field

Archive for October, 2017

Never Going Back To Toroweap

For the second time in two trips, I and some friends encounter vehicle issues at the very remote Toroweap section of Grand Canyon National Park. The park service ranger told us it would cost 800 to $1,000 to get towed out of there. My Ford Ranger just stopped running 55 miles from the nearest paved road. My friend’s Subaru got a flat tire so we had to hike the last 3 miles to get to the edge. It was all worth it as the photos show.  My Ranger had a fuel pump issue but Ranger Todd found in the manual that there is a fuel pump reset switch under the passenger side dash.


Fun With Photoshop!

Narley, Rad, Sick and Massive

The Red Bull Rampage is an annual mountain biking competition here in Virgin, Utah. This was the 12th edition and is fast becoming a very popular event worldwide.  These extreme riders defy the laws of gravity and common sense physics.  Einstein would have trouble figuring out how these mountain bikers do what they do. As some nearby dudes said, it was narley, rad, sick and massive. The photos pretty much give you a good idea of the competition and scene. SPOILER ALERT- Kurt Sorge won the event for an unprecedented third time.    This competition was filmed and will be shown on NBC on December 24th.

Tickets sold out online in 5 minutes.











Dusty Venue

He wiped out but was uninjured


Good shocks required

They filmed the event from the hills, helicopters and drones.

Look mom, no hands!

Not sure where he was going.

Riding uphill would be a lot harder than downhill?


Look out Bro!


Finish Line

Below is a aerial view of the course which shows massive dropoffs!


Or one narley ride by Antoine Bizet who was the crowd’s choice as the winner.

More Color From Zion’s Eastside

A professional landscaper couldn’t put this together. Nature at work at Zion National Park. Fall colors in the main Zion Canyon should be popping in the next week or two!












An Explosion Of Color

At Zion National Park!     I’ve lived here for 8 years and have never seen the fall colors as vibrant on Zion’s Eastside as I have this year. More to come.











Aspen Trees Autumn-Post Peak

Even leaveless Aspen Trees have their appeal. At the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.












Aspen Tree Autumn Colors-Peak Color

Aspen trees were at full color at Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim last week.  Paradoxically, nearby aspens were past peak. Those images to follow soon.


Fall colors have arrived in the Aspen Tree forests at The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona









On The Road To the Grand Canyon

A recent drive to Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim revealed some sights not normally associated with The Grand Canyon. Like wildlife, Aspens and Autumn Colors.




Fall colors have arrived in the Aspen Tree forests at The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona


Wild Bison graze in a meadow at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona





And of course, the Grand Canyon itself!

Blurred Aspens

Using In-Camera techniques, I photographed these past-peak color aspens while moving the camera slightly to achieve a blurred, ethereal look.


Full Moon Rising

Last night’s full moon rising near The Grand Canyon.