For more than a decade I have continued my springtime tradition by returning whenever possible to Utah’s deserts buttes, canyons and cliffs. I am incredibly excited to again have the opportunity to experience another spring in Utah and fulfill my annual spring renewal.
We're heading to Bryce Canyon—a National Park with over 600 million years of history. It inspires poetry, art and legends. It has one of the most unique landscapes on Earth. But first, we have to find a way to shove all this gear into our suitcases...
I can confirm it: the mal d’Afrique exists. In the open spaces of the savannah, surrounded by grazing wildebeests, gazelles and zebras, I could feel that inexplicable nostalgia that, as if in a past life of which I have no remembrance, I had been there.
Picking up where scientists left off almost 70 years ago, researchers head north to document the flora of the Soper River Valley, where very little and yet nearly everything about plant collection has changed from the days of those early explorers.
If you are in an area where it is common practice, then feel free to ditch the bus and aerate that thumb. Hitchhiking is not 100 per cent safe, but to travel is, by nature, to embark upon a series of calculated risks.