Seven Weeks Across America
Goblin Valley State Park in Utah was one of the most unexpected delights of our trip so far. It was a scheduled stop, but no photos I had seen of it prepared me for how delightful it would be. From a parking lot and picnic area, you can look down on the rock formations, or 'goblins.' I had no idea you could walk among them. You descend to the valley by a short walk, and suddenly you are immersed in a labyrinth of rocks, many as tall as you. I dallied behind my husband, daughter, and father-in-law, to shoot these photos from above. I imagined I would catch up to them after a little hustle, but once I descended, they were nowhere to be seen. I wandered for an hour looking for them among the rocks, but never did find them. You might think you'd get lost, but really, the parking lot on the hill above is an excellent landmark and easy to see so you can orient yourself simply by looking up. In that way, it was a very safe but totally immersive sort of wander, through what felt like an alien landscape. It was more fun than I can describe.