Kanab: All Around the World

 
Soak up some sun. Snap up opportunities. Be a colourful character. Appreciate stillness.
Keep a low profile. Shed your old ways. Be dashing.
— Kanab the lizard

By Allie Richards

If you didn’t know, BlueHour has a mascot. His name is Kanab - (Kay-Nub) - he’s a toy life-size Collared Lizard that we bring with us on all of our travels. We adopted him in Kanab, (Kuh-NAB) Utah, while in line for the lottery for the Wave & Coyote Buttes hiking permits. Since early 2017, Kanab has traveled with us for thousands of miles, on the road and in the air, and has experienced quite a lot for a lizard. Here are some of our favorite memories with him so far.

Kanab in the Coyote Buttes, Grand-Staircase Escalante, Utah.

Kanab in the Coyote Buttes, Grand-Staircase Escalante, Utah.

We adopted Kanab as a donation toward reptile conservation in the Southwest. We’re nearly sure he’s the most well-traveled lizard of all his brothers, sisters and cousins.

Kanab taking the Antelope Canyon tour, Arizona. Native wildlife is exempt from paying admission.

Kanab taking the Antelope Canyon tour, Arizona. Native wildlife is exempt from paying admission.

Kanab spelunking in Antelope Canyon, Arizona.

Kanab spelunking in Antelope Canyon, Arizona.

Our first trip together was all around Arizona. We had a lot of fun with him in the slot canyons.

Kanab navigating to the Pinnacles in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.

Kanab navigating to the Pinnacles in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.

We was also a good companion for Paul during his artist-in-residence in Petrified Forest.

Kanab practicing using the tripod at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah.

Kanab practicing using the tripod at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah.

Kanab at the North Window, Arches National Park, Utah.

Kanab at the North Window, Arches National Park, Utah.

And this past year, Paul and I returned to Utah. It was Kanab’s homecoming and he got to see the rest of his home state.

Kanab hiding from the birds in a turf roof in the Faroe Islands.

Kanab hiding from the birds in a turf roof in the Faroe Islands.

Aside from out west, Kanab has also been to various countries in Scandinavia, most notably the Faroe Islands. We hope to have him revisit in 2020 on our photo tour!

Kanab lounging in Kolugljúfur Canyon, Iceland.

Kanab lounging in Kolugljúfur Canyon, Iceland.

Kanab in another turf roof at Glaumbær turf farm in Iceland.

Kanab in another turf roof at Glaumbær turf farm in Iceland.

He’s also been to Iceland. Kanab loved it so much, he was almost left there by accident. It was only after we had driven off with our full group of photo tour goers that we realized he was still by the falls — we had to go back and save him!

Kanab cooling off at Fairy Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Kanab cooling off at Fairy Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Kanab basking in the sunlight in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Kanab basking in the sunlight in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Kanab has also made two trips to Yellowstone National Park, and this year, he got to see the Tetons.

Kanab’s real life cousin! Also from Utah.

Kanab’s real life cousin! Also from Utah.

A bronze statue of a Collared Lizard in Arches National Park, Utah.

A bronze statue of a Collared Lizard in Arches National Park, Utah.

We often lookout for things that remind us of Kanab, too.

Kanab looming over the Duomo in Florence, Italy. Not quite Godzilla.

Kanab looming over the Duomo in Florence, Italy. Not quite Godzilla.

Kanab even made it to Europe. He only rides first class.

Kanab munching on some tea leaves in Sao Miguel, the Azores Islands in Portugal.

Kanab munching on some tea leaves in Sao Miguel, the Azores Islands in Portugal.

After traversing all over Italy, Kanab went to the Azores islands of Portugal. With your help, he’ll get to visit yet again, on our photo tour next year.

Kanab on a lens at Trim Castle, Ireland.

Kanab on a lens at Trim Castle, Ireland.

Kanab checking out the view at Forrest Gump viewpoint in Monument Valley, Arizona.

Kanab checking out the view at Forrest Gump viewpoint in Monument Valley, Arizona.

He even got to see most of Ireland during our scout trip for our already very popular photo tour. His skin tone really blends in. Who knows - maybe he’ll get to go back in 2020 with us!

Kanab checking out the ruins of the Gallarus Oratory, Ireland.

Kanab checking out the ruins of the Gallarus Oratory, Ireland.

Kanab breaking the rules at the Glaumbær turf farm in Iceland.

Kanab breaking the rules at the Glaumbær turf farm in Iceland.

We hope to bring our favorite lizard with us on many more trips to come - and we hope you’ll join us too!