Antelope Island at Sunrise – Part First

It has been a favorite pastime of mine for the past nine or so years to hike and to explore the mountains and canyons or desert plains and hills in my surround…

…or in the case of the last five years, in addition to the deserts, etc., the forests, mountains, and mesas that are within a few hours’ drive of where I live.

When I have had good or better fortune, I have been able to go back to those preferred mountains and islands of my not so distant past…

…those beloved places up north, and hike and explore and simply exist again in the environment or locale that remains in my core as “home.”

At some point in the early part of those few years that I lived up north, it became preferable to start the specific adventure, to be at the designated trailhead, before sunrise.

There were fewer cars in the parking lots, fewer pairs of boots on the trails heading into the mountains…

…and a greater chance of capturing the essence of an undisturbed morning’s peace when starting at such an hour.

In application to my southern journeys, it became prudent to start this early, so as to avoid the greater heat of the day by completing the trek and returning to my truck before noon.

That said, I had determined to arrive at the trailhead to Frary Peak on Antelope Island before the sun rose and started warming the northern Utah August day.

Well…I made it to the Antelope Island State Park entrance before sunrise…

…but was then waylaid by the views north and south and east and west while driving on the causeway to the island, so I didn’t make it to the trailhead until nearly an hour after sunrise.

To be…

14 responses

  1. Antelope Island is a truly magical vision. Looking forward to reading and seeing more. Best, Babsje

    September 1, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    • I agree, Babsje…so very magical…and so alluring.

      September 7, 2019 at 7:29 am

  2. Very nice.

    . . . so, you can go home again.

    September 1, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    • By degrees, maybe. Thank you, Emilio.

      September 7, 2019 at 7:30 am

  3. Yes. It is beckoning . I will go too. Beautiful.

    September 1, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    • I hope you do, Cindy.

      September 7, 2019 at 7:31 am

  4. -N-

    Stunning photos! I can see why you would want to return to such a beautiful and magical place.

    September 2, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    • Thank you, N…and yes, I want to return…only maybe every day! 🙂

      September 7, 2019 at 7:31 am

  5. Some familiar scenes here. I remember them during my years in Utah when I’d occasionally take the long road to Tooele… Your sunrise shot is utterly gorgeous! Nice to get to see the sun come up without the early wake up call! 😀

    September 3, 2019 at 1:16 am

    • Yes, the long road to Tooele would get you right there…and you could walk to Stansbury Island right now, too.

      I’m glad you could enjoy the sunrise, Gunta…without having to get up so early! Thank you. 🙂

      September 7, 2019 at 7:33 am

      • My memory of the area is fading, but are you saying that Stansbury Island is no longer an ISLAND? Is the Salt Lake shrinking?

        To be honest, I can’t even remember what might have possessed me to go around the back way either.

        September 8, 2019 at 8:29 pm

  6. I love the rhythm of this post, Scott. The notion of simply existing in the landscape that is home to you is just right. Your photographs have a way of simply existing too, and getting under the skin that way, instead of shouting for attention.

    September 7, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    • It is truly beyond words what it’s like for me to be there, Lynn; “at peace” is a good start, as is “complete.”

      Thank you. 🙂

      September 8, 2019 at 7:19 am

    • Beautifully said, Lynn.

      September 8, 2019 at 8:33 pm

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