Breathless and Still was Windy Peak in the Hills.

On top of the rock as the clock went ticktock, was a walk without persons all the way to the top. 6 miles on trail, 6000 feet high, as our boots met the mountains, the mountains the sky.  Nine miles on 160 from 9 plus 150, we set out for the summit all clipped up and nifty. On the ridges and dirt humps, through the sages and tree trunks, our boots were laced firmly making click clacks and clue clumps.

From limestone to sandstone like pepper to salt, beneath us was changing to the Keystone Thrust Fault.  Rocky and sandy all in one place, the vista and sunshine and the smile on our face.  Up here in a high place and the home of the clouds is a far place from people and the blah of the crowds.

All twisted and gnarly, all chiseled with spunk were the ghostly leftovers of the dead trees one trunk.

On the summit, the apex, the capstone or peak, the height of the mountain, the achievement of feet. All wrapped up in color from sundowns sunlight, not a breath was a blowing, not enough for a kite. To the signing and writing of names with delight, on the paper, the saver of times out of sight.

So down to the lowlands, down with a frown, from leaving the polished and glamorous crown. And then from the distance came a great shine, the sun on the mountains all jagged with spines.

All was not over, though close to the end. Through a gap in the red rock I saw a good friend.

The pictures have ended, the battery done, the moon has now taken the place of the sun. On down to the auto, on down in the dark, on down to the comfort, the car out of park.

Windy Peak is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Follow this link for detailed information about the hike.


77 comments on “Breathless and Still was Windy Peak in the Hills.

  1. That Indian Dude. says:

    Reblogged this on That Indian Dude.

  2. Such stunning red hues throughout — really captures the desert feel. GORGEOUS! 🙂

    And I love the irony that “Windy Peak” was still…

  3. Jayati says:

    true breathless view !!!

  4. Jeff says:

    These pictures are awesome!

  5. abichica says:

    woowww!!! the sunset is beautiful!! very amazing pictures.. 🙂

  6. Dounia says:

    Wow, breathtaking scenery and fantastic photos! Great writing too 🙂 Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  7. Geoff says:

    Excellent images, I love the views.

  8. sweetsound says:

    Reblogged this on Sweet the Sound and commented:
    No matter where I go, the desert landscape will always feel like home. Stunning scenery, made even more fun by the rhyming description.

  9. Max Reynolds says:

    Great shots. Thanks for sharing.

  10. char says:

    That was awesome! I loved the poem and I absolutely LOVE Red Rock (been there a bunch throughout my life since I was born and raised in Vegas). Your pics were great! I posted about Red Rock this month too. I never tire of visiting there.

  11. valentinedee says:

    You so rock. I love your poetic twist, which by the way was quite fascinating! Love the pics and the view. I’ve been there several times and each time it looks different. Can’t get enough of it.


  12. Cassie says:

    I love your notebook of…notes. Haha. And of course the pictures!

  13. What a beautiful moment to share, and shared so well. I enjoyed. T

  14. Great adventure…with style. Cheers!

  15. Beautfiul photos. I love them all, especially the one of the sun shining through the tent opening. Thanks for sharing. Connie

  16. JBPhotography says:

    Fantastic shots! From someone living on a Very Flat peninsula, it is wonderful to see pictures like these. Looks like a wonderful adventure. I think my favorite is the one of the sun blazing through the red rocks.

    • JBPhotography says:

      Close second would be the gnarled tree against the blue sky that you opened with. And btw, is that a geocache? 🙂

      • Matt says:

        It is actually a summit register. They are found at the summits of popular mountains for climbing around the west and are used for people to sign and comment on the climb. Occasionally people leave a little treasure.

    • Matt says:

      Was just stumbling past that spot and it stopped me in my tracks. Lucky catch for sure!

  17. Stunning photos and hike! Was this a geocache, by chance? And Matt, you have some keyboard talent.

  18. Steve says:

    The photos on this post are fabulous, thanks for posting them.

  19. aFrankAngle says:

    Outstanding … thanks for sharing the beauty.

  20. Manuel Lopez says:

    Son muy bonitas fotos, felicitaciones al que tomo las fotos.

  21. starlight says:

    awesome! and i love your captions.. your poem! thanks for sharing.

  22. Claire Lopez says:

    Lovely pictures. I was just in Vegas and, although we did take a trip to Hoover Dam, we missed these beautiful sights. Next time!

  23. Beautiful pictures! I wish I were there!! Great job.

  24. Fantastic! Much better than Las Vegas itself.

  25. WOW! Love that picture of the sun seeping through the gap between the two rocks! I’m a big hiking fan, I would LOVE to go hiking there sometime! Beautiful pictures! Thank you for the post!

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  26. super…
    This is the best spot for film shooting

  27. severin says:

    Great blog post, fabulous pictures too.
    Thank you for sharing.

  28. I love them all, especially the one of the sun shining through the tent opening. Thanks for sharing

  29. crazybingogirly says:

    The first picture is awesome!Some of the others reminded me of 127hours if you’ve seen the film!

  30. Matt, your poetry and photography were a perfect start with coffee to my morning! I visited Red Rock Canyon State Park last March and blogged it, but it was pouring rain and sleet the whole time and I was soaked on my hike. On the up side, at least I was able to see creeks running when they are usually dry!

    • Matt says:

      Very cool, thanks for reading! Rainy days are a great time to visit the loop imo. No crowds and waterfalls, plus we don’t get that many rainy days here.

  31. Breathtaking. Thanks for visually taking me on your journey. ~ Ayanna Nahmias

  32. Hi!
    Fantastic journey to wonderland. The video recordings as well as the still photos were brilliant!

  33. Nationwide says:

    Amazing pictures…and even better writing. Looks wonderful. What a great journey. Congrats!

  34. The photo of the sun streaking through the rocks couldn’t be more perfect. All of these are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  35. FitnessPal says:

    Great pictures 🙂

  36. Lizzie Rodriguez says:

    Amazing, gorgeous beautiful pictures. I was in the southwest for the first time this April for my 30th birthday and I loved it. The pictures that I took, similar to yours, did absolutely no justice to the scenery, so I can only imagine your trek.
    The poem was great, and I want to thank you for igniting that trekking climbing bug in me again- it had just calmed down. I am in Florida right now, yes I know the water blah, blah, blah, heard it all. But it is all flat, too flat.
    I guess in hindsight if trekking and activities of those sort are in you, the thirst is never quenched. You just made me thirstier. 🙂

  37. Sony Fugaban says:

    Wow! I could so feel how windy the peak is. And, yeah, you just left me breathless with those photos. They are awesome!

  38. gaycarboys says:

    Looks fabulous. You should speak on the viedo telling us a bit about it all. I really admire your hutzpah

    • Matt says:

      Thank you very much! While I don’t have the best equipment for video and sound just recording yet, my thought process is such that I am trying to capture what it feels like to sit and listen to the surroundings. I do include the place, date and time in a text title within the video however and am considering displaying the temp as well. I should have new equipment for professional video recording in June. Just kind of getting a feel for what I like until then. Thanks for the compliments 🙂

  39. Thetis and Keith says:

    Matt, you are such a talented young man 🙂 🙂 Thank you for expressing yourself with beautiful photos and words, it is such a window to your heart.

  40. There is sacredness in your photos. Even behind a computer screen, one can feel it.

  41. yatin says:

    really nice ! loved the videos , it’s nice to see new places and things i still have to do !

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