In The Loop & Under The Radar

Those of us who live in the unique south west desert of Utah have learned to appreciate the fragile beauty of this incredible landscape. This is a beauty tempered by extremes. At times those extremes can test a person and their resolve to inhabit this remarkable area. There may be challenges for sure but for us  who call it home...there is no place on earth like it. 

 Need a reminder why we are here? Take a step outside your door and discover the life that surrounds you. Reach across cultures and extend a welcoming hand. You will soon remember why you choose southern Utah. Do you have friends or  family who question your sanity for living in such a place? Or just don't get it? Do them a favor and send them a taste of life down south, courtesy of Jeremiah Barber Photography. Click on the links below and forward them to the skeptics in your life and let the envy begin.

Some naysayers made need a bit more convincing... this one is for them.

A Sense of Community

Why are some of us blessed - or cursed - with eternal wanderlust? And why are some of us content to stay put? I suspect it's mostly due to who we are to begin with. If you're old enough to remember the 1969 movie "Paint Your Wagon", play that terrible Lee Marvin song "I was born under a wanderin' star" in your head.

I find that one of the reasons why I'm content to remain a Desert Dweller is a strong sense of community. I've made really good friends here in the desert, and shared wonderful adventures and memories.

And people in the community pull together when you need them. For example, just last year - when the art village received a sudden flash flood of mud and water - our surrounding community showed up to help with whatever they could do. Dirty, smelly, backbreaking work. And just last week, in Kayenta, we held the annual Art in Kayenta festival, with a request for 140 volunteer shifts. All slots were filled by willing and giving community members.

Yes, it's easy to fall in love with our warm weather and the natural red rock beauty that surrounds us. But what keeps me here is the community. It's my family, and they give me an incredible sense of belonging and value. 

- Susan J.

Photo Credit: Charlie Wood Photography

Photo Credit: Charlie Wood Photography