Utah 2008: Goblin Valley

Day 3 of our Utah trip was spent exploring Goblin Valley. Best known as the alien planet in Galaxy Quest, Goblin Valley is full of unusual looking hoodoos. As we walked through the place, it was easy to imagine we were on another planet. I could also see in the shapes around me 1) why it is called Goblin Valley and 2) where the inspiration for the rock monster in Galaxy Quest came from. I got the feeling that the rocks around us really were oddly shaped creatures frozen in time. We saw lots of hoodoos during our Utah trip, but only in Goblin Valley did we see hoodoos that looked alive.

Kelleen in Goblin Valley
Kelleen in Goblin Valley

The valley is actually several connected valleys and the whole thing was much larger than any of us had anticipated. We spent most of our day wandering and noticing the wide variety of formations, as well as the “faces” and “figures” made by the rocks.

One of many rock "faces"
One of many faces we saw in the rocks

We took lots of pictures while hiking. At times, Kurt borrowed Kelleen’s digital SLR camera to get close-ups of things far away.

Kurt and Kelleen taking pictures
Kurt and Kelleen taking pictures

For those keeping track, this was the same day the windstorm blew our tent over.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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