Kanab: All Around the World
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.
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.
Our first trip together was all around Arizona. We had a lot of fun with him in the slot canyons.
We was also a good companion for Paul during his artist-in-residence in Petrified Forest.
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.
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!
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 has also made two trips to Yellowstone National Park, and this year, he got to see the Tetons.
We often lookout for things that remind us of Kanab, too.
Kanab even made it to Europe. He only rides first class.
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.
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!
We hope to bring our favorite lizard with us on many more trips to come - and we hope you’ll join us too!