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Soloing in the Desert

I am alone in remote wilderness in the desert of The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a vast area in the American West. The only sound I hear is the wind blowing through the juniper trees. It has been blowing all day, dusting everything with fine sand. In a low, protected-from-the-wind spot next to a 40-foot high, peach-colored bluff of sandstone and behind tall sage brush, …