Valerie Millett

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I Knew

Published September 10th, 2013

Down a shady shimmering sleepy road in the early hours of a quaint little town in Southern Utah, I traveled. Small rustic cabins and coffee shops with a bohemian feel set among the brilliant golds and rose colored leaves of a full blown Fall colored dream. Add a back drop of 300 foot sandstone bluffs as i drove thru Utah. Perfect weather and I noticed the leaves were starting to fall yet the wind played with them a bit before they landed. I was thinking that, if you could "see" music, this would be an incredible romantic soundtrack and this is my life.

Having seen the sign for "espresso" I pulled over to a cozy little establishment. Armed with fresh brewed coffee and a still warm homemade pumpkin muffin, I set back on the road. Off into the melodic landscape with an incredible sense of freedom. A new adventure awaited, the Fall colors of Colorado and I had 5 days that I could call my own and had never seen Colorado.

As I drove through the Southern Utah backroads, the candy colored ...

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The Narrows Of Zion

Published September 9th, 2013

I've struggled to define my experience hiking the Zion Narrows, I've had few experiences so profound.

It was an absolute gift to be able to have spent the amount of solitary time I had here in the morning hours this week. I often stood in awe and in a complete state of humbleness, reveling in the very moment. Often stopping to look behind me with a bit of disbelief as to my own comings and goings. Suddenly your own life becomes bigger than the character you play.

Physically challenging at times and footing that requires constant mental awareness in order to protect my camera gear. Most of the hike is in water often waist deep and contatntly flowing over large often slippery boulders.

What I found was the most amazingly soft bounce light on the canyon walls and reflected water. At times, the slot canyon walls were so steep that, in the interior it became quite dark, then around the next corner I would see this ethereal glow beckon me around one more and then one more... It's one o ...

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