Just came back from a camping trip to White Pocket. Oh my god! It was such an amazing area! It is a patch of sandstone hidden within the desert expanse of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument near the Arizona/Utah border. The area is covered with a gray rocky layer above the red sandstone. The entire landscape looks like as if it is covered with icing sugar. Totally wired! Entirely amazing!
I have heard about White Pocket and seen pictures of it before. From what I have seen, I really wanted to go to the area. However, it is isolated and notoriously hard to reach. Without a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, there was no way for me to reach the area.
Luckily, a local (Sedona) hiking group organized a trip and I was able to join a dozen hikers to witness such natural wonder. We camped there for two nights in a complete primitive area—no water, no bathroom, no electricity—nothing except stunning nature. The first night was so cold that I didn’t think I fell into sleep (weather forecast for the night was “feels like 24”). Even so, the scenery was so worthy the “suffer”. And of course, it made my bed seems so warm and comfortable now. 🙂
I probably have seen/done more than most people in the group—got up before sunrise; hiked and took sunrise pictures with one man in the group before others got up; and scrambled up near the top of the tallest rock with another man. It was so much fun.
I am in love with White Pocket! 🙂 Too bad I won’t be able to go there on my own. 😦
(Nature’s heart on a rock in White Pocket)
(Sunset in White Pocket)
(The rock we scrambled up)
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