The desert is a curious place. If you ever find yourself in a deserted place, away from wifi and cars, stop and listen. Do you hear the wind gently moving the smallest grains of sand? Do you hear unseen creatures calling to one another? The sun shines relentlessly, knowing you can’t hide. How could you? You’re in the desert after all. Even the shade produced by a nearby tree withers away within itself, surrendering to the sun. Soon enough you start to wonder if you’re seeing things. What was so simple at first – a pile of sand, rocks, and miscellaneous desert plants – soon becomes intriguingly complex.
On our way to Zion National Park, we spent some time in Hurricane, Utah. Alex was still working remotely, so he took advantage of our hotel’s wifi and air conditioning while I explored the area. I kept seeing a sign just across the street for Sand Hollow State Park, and eventually curiosity got the best of me. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I parked the car. Was this a mirage? Rich hues of blue and the brightest orange sand I’ve yet to see fought for my attention. Here, in the middle of the desert, was a beautiful reservoir. There was no one else around except for the worker inside the rental shop who told me it wasn’t high season so I had it all to myself.
I took some photos and enjoyed the scenery, but eventually the sun won, and I went back to our hotel room for water and rest. After telling Alex about it, we decided we would go back later that day when it cooled down. When we arrived, a family of 5 had rented a boat and were inner tubing. We also decided to go in for a dip, and kept yelping and laughing at how slimy and strange the sand felt in between our toes. We floated on our backs and watched as the desert around us transformed from warm fiery hues to shades of cool blue. Wispy clouds became thicker, covering the fading sky. It was truly beautiful.
I haven’t added or intensified any of the colors on these images. What you see is exactly what my camera and iPhone picked up, except for the slight vignette.
If you ever find yourself on your way to Zion and want to stop by Sand Hollow for some fun, you can rent boats, jet skis, and ATVs for the dunes 🙂
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