Join legendary Redtail Aviation pilot Lavar Wells for a flight through Utah's canyon country. We first have a short ground tour, then things get a bit more exciting as we take to the air, flying over the San Rafael Swell and Reef (Hondu Country and the Muddy Creek slot canyon), then on to Canyonlands National Park (the Maze, the White Rim, and the Needles), Grand Gulch, Natural Bridges, the Goosenecks of the San Juan, and on down to Monument Valley. When we landed on a dirt airstrip at the historic Hidden Spendor uranium mine in the San Rafael area, Lavar grinned and said, "That's just a taste of canyon flying." Lavar knows this country like no one else, having logged thousands of hours flying here. His dad is Bill Wells, famous pilot during the Uranium Boom of the 1950s and 60s.
Arbuckle's Coffee in the Utah Bookcliffs
The first coffee ever commercially roasted was by a fellow named Arbuckle. It became wildly popular, especially in the West, where it was difficult to roast your own, and thus, the saying that "Arbuckles Coffee won the West." Come drink some Arbuckles in some of the wildest country in the West, the Bookcliffs. Stretching nearly 200 miles from east to west, the Bookcliffs begin in Colorado and stretch far into Utah.
Come visit Arches National Park in SE Utah!
Autumn Leaves in the San Juan Mountains
Come visit the beautiful San Juan Mountains in Colorado during autumn. Set to Eva Cassidy's incredible singing.
Bigfoot Campfire Stories
A new Bigfoot book! Eighteen stories that will scare the pants off you! Flyfishing guide Rusty Wilson spent years collecting these stories from his clients around the campfire. Available NOW as an eBook from yellowcatbooks.com. If you dare...
Come visit the stunningly beautiful country around Moab, Utah. Set to Chariots of Fire by Vangelis.
Capitol Reef Dreaming
Hanksville, Utah to Capitol Reef National Park, photos by Chinle Miller and music (Initiation) by Tommy Emmanuel.
Colorado's San Juan Mountains
Visit the San Juan Mountains near the Colorado towns of Ouray and Ridgway. Music by Greek composer Vangelis, from the movie "The Bounty."
Crystal Geyser Sunset
Come take a drive down an old road through the Morrison badlands near
Green River, Utah, to watch the Crystal Geyser erupt at sunset. The
geyser is a rare cold-water carbon dioxide geyser and has no set
schedule. A large metal pipe has been placed around it, and its
surrounded by beautiful mineralized formations where the water flows
into the river. The geyser reaches up to 100 feet in height, and the
eruption is preceded by a mudpot bubbling next to it.
Crystal River Country
Photos taken in the fall of 2009 along Colorado's Crystal River and
points nearby (Redstone to Glenwood Springs). Set to Eva Cassidy's
incredible rendition of the old favorite, Tennessee Waltz.
Desert Breeze in Big Bend, Texas
My friends Mike and Kathy visited Big Bend NP, Texas, and brought back
some great photos, so now I'm going to have to go visit, too. Enjoy!
Music by Randy Scruggs and Steven Seagal, "Desert Breeze."
Come along for a typical fun day with the desert dogs. Music by Roger Miller.
For the first time in recorded history, the complete short stories of
the infamous Chinle Miller have been compiled in a book that the
publisher hopes won't get anyone arrested (especially the publisher).
Come sit around the campfire with an archaeologist after he
unwittingly brings a unique curse upon himself; watch Ernie, the
county road supervisor, accidentally bomb his own highway shed;
discover a cryptic form of rock art just in time for it to save your
life; and discover how a Navajo uses a Hopi rain dance to start a fire
in a gated development, shutting it down before it can even be built.
This book has it all!
Lots of photos of old collectibles here - trucks, cars, buildings, etc.
Fields of Gold
This video is of my favorite place, near Moab, where I go every day.
Today the sun poked in and out of the clouds for about 20 minutes,
creating the most magical and spectacular display, like a giant
spotlight moving around on the slickrock fins and whalebacks (Navajo
Formation). I hope you enjoy this, set to the most poignant song I've
ever heard, "Fields of Gold," by Eva Cassidy. This is for Kiwi.
Ghost Riders on the San Rafael
Take a trip across the northern part of the San Rafael Swell in SE Utah with shamans, water dogs, and cowpunchers.
On June 9, 2010, the Colorado River ran a near-record 20,000 cfs at
the Glenwood Springs Colorado Water Park, making for some interesting
squirt boating. I took some photos and made a video to Tommy
Emmanuel's "The Journey."
Goblin Valley at Sunset
Do you dare? Visit Goblin Valley State Park in Utah at sunset, watch
the hoodoos and goblins change shape...then run like
H-E-double-hockeysticks before night falls...
Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park
Come along with my brother and I on the Going to the Sun Road through
Glacier National Park, then on over to the Many Glaciers region. It
was starting to get hazy, and by the next day smoke from forest fires
further south came into the region, making it difficult to see
anything. This trip was taken in late summer 2007.
Invitation to the Blues
A nostalgic look at the little desert town of Thompson Springs, Utah, about 30 miles from Moab along I-70 and not far from Green River. Set to music by Roger Miller and with some family photos from the 40s and 50s. (Note that this is the same video as the one below called "Roll on Buddy" but with different music.)
Travel the road and rails with Roger Miller. Photos taken in Utah (Moab, Cleveland, Green River) and Colorado (Ouray, Ridgway, Grand Junction, Delta).
Less and less on the San Rafael
Take a trip across the southern part of the San Rafael Swell in SE Utah with wild horses, ravens, and a very unique airplane!
Long Time Gone
A trip through Americana - Green River, Utah with Roger Miller.
Raging fire in the Moab Wetlands, whipped by high winds, on October 22, 2008.
Memories of beautiful Montana. Photos taken near Bozeman and in
Glacier National Park. Set to the classic "Four Strong WInds" by Ian
I hesitated to upload this, but I've had a number of requests to see
the blonde raccoons that visit regularly (Parachute, Colorado). It was
filmed in darkness with a slow lens, so is pretty blurry, just like
Bigfoot. At least you can enjoy the song... I'm sure this will win
some kind of award. If it does, please don't tell me... :)
Roll on Buddy
Come visit the tiny desert town of Thompson Springs, Utah and watch the trains, then wander around and look at the old buildings. Set with some family photos from the 1940s and 50s. (Note that this is the same video as the one above called "Invitation to the Blues" but with different music.)
Just another fun day at Slickrock Bike Trail near Moab.
The Canadian Rockies
Photos from my trip in July and August 2010 to Canada (Banff,
Kootenay, Yoho, and Jasper Nat'l Parks), music (Magpie) sung by
Canada's pride, Ian Tyson.
Theres a Train A'comin'
Train shots set to the old Black spiritual, People Get Ready, sung by
Eva Cassidy. Photos taken in Colorado, Utah, and Montana.
Its 1961, the height of the Cold War and a young archaeologist sets foot into the wild canyons of southeast Utah, searching for a rock-art panel that possibly holds the answer to the disappearance of the Anasazi. She is accompanied by her dog, Buddy Blue, and a mysterious sometime-companion she calls Mr. Yellowjacket. Here, in her recently discovered journals, Chinle Miller records her perhaps impossible quest for the elusive Bird Panel, as well as her journey through an inner landscape, seeking peace from betrayal by one of the great rascals of the era, Charlie Dundee, the Uranium King.
Come visit the weird and eerie Fisher Towers in SE Utah, along with Utah rock art from the San Rafael region (Buckhorn Wash, Molen Reef, Rochester Panel, and Temple Mountain), as well as Moab's Golf Course and Wall Street panels. Fisher Towers photos by my brother, Roger. The rock art is Fremont, Anasazi, and Barrier styles.
Walk in beauty! Utah wildflowers, set to Acoustic Alchemy.
Put on your sunglasses and watch some sunsets in SE Utah and the San
Juan Mountains of Colorado. Set to music by the Samples.
Yellowstone and the Tetons in a 'Borrowed' Bus
My brother and I decide to "borrow" a tour bus to see the geysers of
Yellowstone, then we go to the Grand Tetons. Come along, plenty of
Late summer of 2007, lots of haze from forest fires in Montana.
Not long ago, I went to visit my very best friend Diana, who lives
near Yosemite National Park. On my birthday, I awoke to a hot cup of
fresh espresso and a homemade scone (Diana's a great cook) and an
invite to Yosemite. I'd never been there, so what's to say? We had to
outrun a big winter storm, so were only there for a few hours, but did
manage to visit the Ahwahnee. Because of the short time and poor
light, I didn't get many good photos, but thought I'd share what I
have. Time to go back!