I love the desert for a lot of reasons.

I love it because of slot canyons.

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Because of the waving sandstone.

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And because of the feel of the walls.

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Because of the arches and bridges.

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Because of the stories.

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And because of the feeling of being under something so crazy.

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Because of this lake.

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Because of its secrets like this.

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And because a place like this exists in the middle of the relentless desert.

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Because of the lizards.

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Because they’re not all afraid of people.

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And because they do push ups for me.

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Because of the Cairns.

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Because they are inviting.

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And because you can be creative with them.

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Because of petroglyphs.

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Because they are in the most unbelievable places.

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And because they tell a story, even if I don’t know what it is.

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Because of the details; the walls that look like bread rolls.

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Because of the faces.

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And because of things like this.

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Because of places like this.

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Because this would be a heck of a place to lose a cow.

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And because it feels otherworldly.

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Because of these mountains.

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Because they house one of the three herds of bison in the US.

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And because they are practically in my backyard.

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Because of native ruins.

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Because they are so easy to explore.

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And because they offer views like this.

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Because a park like this exists.

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Because it’s like a playground for grown ups.

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And because it has caves you can climb to.

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Because you can get away from the heat.

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Because it’s not all just cactus.

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And because these are more common than you think.

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Because of these holes everywhere.

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Because of walls like this.

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And because of the shades of red.

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Because of this road.

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Because this is even closer to being my backyard.

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And because this was the first place I explored.

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What place do you love and why?