Going for that Gothic Look

By Brian Davidson, Uncharted Staff

In Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Slartibartfast, planet designer extraordinaire, brags he won an award for designing the fjords of Norway. Assigned to design the continent of Africa for Earth Mark Two, Slartibartfast is disgusted because he won’t be able to include fjords in a subtropical climate. He likes fjords, he explains, because they give a continent “a baroque feel.”Pity Slartibartfast. Had he dabbled in desert scenery, he might have discovered he enjoys the Gothic feel of the solid rock, the sheer cliffs and the massive arches of the Utah Desert.Uncharted Explorer Xelashay certainly enjoys that Gothic look. This week she’s taking us all on a journey through Utah’s Coyote Gulch where with a mixture of wind, water and time, the gods or some obscure but self-satisfied planetary designer have been hard at work. Enjoy.

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