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In a land where the average rainfall is less than 8 in (about 16 cm) per year, I suppose one could say that the heavens are stingy, or a bit reticent to give of it's water.

This area of Utah is very lovely, and it makes for good camping because it rains so little! My favorite camping is when I just throw out my sleeping bag and sleep, then dust it off and go on my merry way in the morning.

The San Rafael Swell is a unique place geologically. I'll post some other photos that show some of its unique features later. But like many parts of the Western U.S., there is a great debate over what to do with it. Environmentalists would like to see it preserved for future generations--and for folks and creatures and plants now. Anti-environmentalists would like to see the natural resources used such as natural gas, oil, and minerals. So there is lots of arguing and lots of vocal fury about this place.

Me? I'd rather be known as an environmentalist than an anti-environmentalist, I guess! But I do think that there can be some room for compromise, if folks are careful in their planning and sensitive to both people and land.

This photo, oddly enough, was taken from inside my car while my wife was driving. While she drives the car, I drive her crazy!

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