Getting to Yantz Flats and the Candy Cliffs

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Catching up

I have been tardy processing my images from our April trip to Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California. There have been other thoughts on my mind like our daughter’s family moving to Germany for three or four years. Like deciding what to do with this website, and how to present and market my photos.

Re-caping…

Right then. At the beginning of April, Liddy drove down to Kanab, Utah to again attend the Outsiders Landscape Photography Conference. After the conference, we continued to Las Vegas, Nevada, where June, my wife, joined us. We continued on to Flagstaff, Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon and Sedona.

Back to Las Vegas for a few days, where June took her leave and Liddy and I continued over to Death Valley, then north to Mono Lake and home.

I am going to break up the story into smaller chunks with this article focusing on the drive to Kanab, and the conference.

Driving a submarine

Sometimes the Pacific Northwest gets hit with what is called an atmospheric river. This is a phenomena where the warm waters of the Central Pacific are picked up and carried up to our front door where they are released in a deluge. The deluge can continue for days hence the term river. The flooding in the Fraser Valley and along the Nooksack and Skagit Rivers this winter was caused by this water pipe in the sky.

When Liddy and I set out for Utah this year, we were in the midst of yet another atmospheric river. Driving Interstate 5 south to Portland, well I might just as well have been driving a submarine. We didn’t clear that horrid weather until we were south of Longview.

Visibility on I5 is just fabulous during a major downpour!

We camped for the night along the Columbia River near the John Day Dam. Fortunately we didn’t have to contend with rain and in the morning we were treated to a nice sunrise as we headed east towards Pendleton.

Twin trickle

Shoshone Falls is a large waterfall on the Snake River in southern Idaho. Twin Falls is the name of the city there.

We have blasted past Shoshone Falls on a number of occasions over the years and as we had the time, I thought this would be a good time to get some photos of them.

Turns out, the falls are turned off for the winter. Apparently the flow on the Snake River is managed upstream at another dam. The only time you might see an impressive amount of water here is during the spring melt.

I was disappointed 😒

Candy Cliffs and Yantz Flats

Rather than stay in Twin Falls as planned, we continued south towards Salt Lake, camping in some field off of Interstate 15. Up early and on our way, we reached Saint George in Southern Utah early. Filled up the Prius and headed back north towards Leeds on a back road. Shortly after the pavement ended there was a sign that emphatically suggested that travel on this road when wet was not possible.

Shot with a GoPro mounted to the windshield of our Prius.

I can say the road was passable but there were a few sections where if we were in the track, we would have high centered. I swear the ruts were over six inches deep!

The drive was worth it however. Not only are the surrounding lands beautiful. The Candy Cliffs are amazing!

We have put this place on the visit again list!

Near Leeds, UT, the Candy Cliffs are a fascinating study of natural cobblestones.


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