I fell in love with the hoodoos at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. A covered pavilion above the valley provides protection from the sun and intermittent cell phone reception from my carrier. And from under the shady cover of the pavilion I could look down on the valley and watch the people hiking around the hoodoos. There was a long staircase down to the valley, and of course I went down the steps to wander around the rock formations.
I found these large stone structures very amusing. Whimsical. I walked among them and enjoyed all the different sizes and various shapes. I recognized that this would be a wonderful place to visit with children, a big wonderland to explore without the immediate danger of falling off a ledge. (Can you tell that I’ve been visiting a lot of sites with ledges?)
The pavilion provided a landmark that I could see from down in the valley. It was easy to get disoriented with the hoodoos towering above me, but I was able to wander confident that I’d be able to find my way back to that long staircase. I didn’t need a map, trail markers, nor a GPS. As I have spent so much time using these tools to keep from getting lost, I really enjoyed the freedom of just being able to wander.