Ya ever heard of the Krinkles, man?

The heat of a southern Nevada summer isn't quite conducive to any sort of behavior that warrants enjoying the outdoors, or life in general, for that matter. Tantamount to a northern winter, sitting inside is mostly the only way of life for those 3 1/2 excruciating months, barring access to a large body of water, and maybe even a kayak or some other water vessel if you're lucky enough. Otherwise, the only reprieve from this hellish time of the year is to get to higher ground, which is exactly what I do.

Back in June I embarked on a little trip to visit my pal, Nate, in Logan, Utah. About one day into my stay in Logan, I realized I'd misjudged northern Utah's climate based on a previous visit I made during a cool, stormy September of last year. Not only is Utah also hot as balls, but day time is about 3 hours longer there than in Vegas. Thus, you're about 20% more inclined to say fuck it all and stay inside and cry (or nap). Despite that debilitating fact, plenty of legit hikes were still embarked upon while visiting this beautiful region.

With that, here are a few panoramic pictures I assembled from various areas I visited and/or hiked in around central and northern Utah. Click on any of the pictures to make them gigantic. Bigger pictures, better detail, better quality of life.

(Grey sandstone columnar formations along the roadside, Nebo Loop Scenic Byway)

(Looking at the tail end of the Wasatch range, Nebo Scenic Loop Byway)

("Hell's Kitchen", conglomerate sandstone hoodoos in a small amphitheater formation similar to Bryce Canyon)

(Mt. Nebo, southernmost and highest mountain in the Wasatch range at 11,928 ft)

(Bear River National Migratory Bird Refuge, looking eastward at the Wasatch Range)

(Looking down at a huge, awesome beaver dam built along a creek near the Temple Fork Sawmill trail)

(Taken from a random t-post that was asking to be used for a self-pic)

(Ground view of the same beaver dam. The uphill trail to the left was made by the beaver's repeat trips to an adjacent aspen forest to retrieve wood)

(Somewhere near Pika Peak- Nate, the "Restoration Ecology Kingpin" of Cache Valley, UT looking down upon his empire. Check out his awesome restoration ecology blog, Perceptible Changes.)

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