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Kodachrome Basin State Park is not only one of the parks I do not want to miss on my park list but it has one of the nicest campgrounds I had been to for a long time or maybe even in my camping “career”. Not only because of its spectacular location but also because of the people that came to stay for the night were the kind of visitors that I felt had pretty similar expectations why they stayed, mainly because of its rather remote location, to enjoy the silence and nature away from the main streets. There are many easy and not so easy hikes you can do and the evenings were especially pleasant when the wind had calmed down and the heat seemed a little more bearable. I had brought my fairly new camera for my vacation and I was not sure how it would handle sand and dust and I was a little hesitant to bring it out at some point when there was rather a storm than a pleasant wind that under “normal” circumstances you would actually not mind considering the hot days but was not very friendly to any “machine” like cameras or other stuff sensitive to dust. Before we did a hike we were eating some easy food on the picnic table that belonged to the campsite. I mean once you are settled in it is quite funny to watch other people approaching with their camping gear and at some point I had a blast and I knew immediately that these people that drove by in their huge camper - and seeing the sign where they rented it - were probably Swiss :))) Forgive me … but I may laugh as I am Swiss. My American friends watch Americans as closely as I did when they visit me so you know it never hurts to see “yourself” in other people sometimes. Anyway, you could immediately see that it was their first experience with such a huge thing and that they had some hundred miles the most and had just “survived” one of the big airports trying to find the highway without any major incident :))) So the woman hopped out and was waving madly around while her husband was backing up and I guess he could not see her in the mirror and she was shouting and I could hear him swearing and so it went on for a while but they managed in the end and later they were cooking a little meal like we did and started a fire finding slowly their outback rhythm.

Anyway, we did our evening hike and I saw this guy from far away. I did several tries to make a decent shot and I mean he saw me of course but I don’t know I guess he did not mind too much, maybe he even felt a little honoured that someone was taking pictures of him. I never talked to him so I never find out but I really liked how he sat there, first he was reading, later he was enjoying his special view from up there ... he certainly knew how to celebrate the evening.

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Additional Photos by Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1376 W: 3 N: 1963] (8829)
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