Bryce Canyon National Park

Springtime Tradition

Dispatch by Delano Lavigne
Photo by Jimmy Martinello

Spring has always held a special place in my heart. Growing up among the bucolic pastures and maple forests of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, spring was always a highly anticipated and welcome change to persistently cold winters. It was a time of hope, renewal and rebirth, and along with my three brothers I would take again to the forest in search of new adventures.

We imagined, as kids do, the melting snow uncovering new secrets, or at least old secrets in new ways. Each year this pattern would be reborn, just as each year the flowers would push through folded grass and the geese would return to their frigid ponds. 

I have since left the pastoral lands of my youth, but the tradition of hope and renewal has stayed with me. And although I sincerely long for the half frozen creeks and muddy fields of my youth I have found refuge in new places and new landscapes. None have touched me more than spring season in the canyons and deserts of Utah. 

For more than a decade I have continued my springtime tradition by returning whenever possible to Utah’s deserts buttes, canyons and cliffs.

My first trip to the red and orange stained mountains of this southwestern state was in 2003. I arrived with my older brother as a burgeoning adventurer in search of cliffs to climb and deserts to explore. What I found was an immense landscape sculpted by deep canyons, tall towers and open meadows that burst with colour and life when the spring run-off fills the otherwise dry creek beds. 

I quickly found a place that connected me to the youthful and adventurous spirit I had longed for since leaving Quebec. So far I have made 15 trips to Utah and have spent well over two months of my life sleeping under its imposing skies and stolid towers. 

I am incredibly excited to again have the opportunity to experience another spring in Utah and fulfill my annual spring renewal. I am even more excited that I get to experience a part of the state I have yet to explore. This year I am travelling to Bryce Canyon for the first time. 

I have heard rumours of Bryce’s unique beauty; a land of hoodoos and Paiute legend. Given my more than 10 years of experience in this incredibly beautiful state, I am certain Bryce Canyon will deliver on my promise for a spring filled with hope, renewal and rebirth.  

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