List of Characters (in order)

List of Characters

(in order of appearance)

Randy’s home answering machine

Randy (aka dark lord)

Riverside, California, Randy’s hometown

Mark the Shark, Randy’s supervisor at IronGate Security Systems

’53 Chevy pick-up (five window), faded yellow

Beaujangles, Spinone Italiano

Sheila Futterman, Randy’s girlfriend

Las Vegas, Nevada

Raymond Carver, poet

Jason, co-worker at IronGate Security Systems

Randy’s mom

Randy’s father

Mesquite, Nevada

Desert Palms Motel, Mesquite

Swiss Army Knife

(no name), waitress, Desert Palms Motel (Mesquite)

Virgin River Gorge (Arizona, Utah)

St. George, Utah

Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM), Utah

Escalante River

Lake Powell

Virgin Mountains, near Virgin River Gorge

Lake Mead

Panamint rattlesnake (Crotalus stephensi)

Glossy snake (Arizona elegans occidentalis)

Point Leaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungen)

Mormon-tea (Ephedra nevadensis)

Single-leaf pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla)

Arizona cypress (Cupressus arizonica)

White fir (Abies concolor)

Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)

Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)

Cedar Pockets interchange, turn-off to Virgin River Recreation area

Salt cedar (tamarix)

Velvet ash (Fraxinus velutina)

Freemont cottonwood (Populus fremontii)

Narrow leaf willow (Salix exigua)

Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia)

Desert globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

Desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata)

Mojave sand-verbena (Abronia pogonantha)

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

John C. Freemont, American military officer, explorer, politician

Kit Carson, American frontiersman—fur trapper, wilderness guide, Indian agent, Army officer

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Riverside Animal Shelter, where Randy and Sheila first met

Hurricane, La Verkin, Rockville, and Springdale (small communities in southern Utah)

Zion National Park, Utah

West Temple (Zion National Park)

Kolob Arch Waterfalls (Zion National Park)

Temple of Sinawava (Zion National Park)

Great White Throne (Zion National Park)

Cuban cigar #1

Oderville, Glendale, and Hatch, small communities along Interstate 89 in Utah

Virgin River

Colorado Plateau, 130,000 square miles of intermontane plateaus in the Four Corners region

Orderville, Glendale, and Hatch (small Utah communities along I-89)

Bryce Canyon National Park

Red Canyon Indian Store

Dante, hitchhiker

William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the U.S.

Mormons, broad term covering both the mainstream Mormon Church and numerous fundamentalists splinter groups

Oscar Wilde, Irish author, playwrite, and poet

Pink Floyd, rock band

Blaise Pascal, French philosopher, mathematician, physicist

St. Anselm, a Benedictine monk, philosopher

Christians, Muslims, Jesus

The Holy Bible

Catholic Church


Ivanpah Solar Plant (near the Mojave Desert)

Chemehuevi, Native Americans indigenous to the Great Basin region

Marijuana joint

Red Rock Youth Camp, near Escalante, Utah

Weldon Woolley, Director of Red Rock Youth Camp

Pearline, young girl at youth camp

Rolon Smith, Counselor, Red Rock Youth Camp

Dalyn Bowlin, young boy at youth camp

Nephi Jolander, young girl at youth camp

Spencer Kimbell, prophet and 12th president of LDS

Dixie National Forest, 2 million acres located in southern Utah

Great Basin, largest area of contiguous watersheds in North America

Colorado River

Homo erectus, extinct species of hominid in the Pleistocene epoch

Marshall Islands (small Pacific country consisting of 29 coral atolls and five islands)

United Church of Christ, mainline Protestant denomination of the Christian faith

Pentacostal denominations, evangelical movement within Protestant Christianity

Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (LDS), mainstream Mormon Church

Lorin C. Woolley, the charismatic founder of Mormon fundamentalism and

son of John Wichersham Woolley

Bountiful, British Columbia, community supporting two different Mormon polygamist groups: Church of Jesus Christ and FLDS

Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS)

Eldorado, Texas, location of FLDS temple and compound

Warren Jeffs (former president, FLDS Church, now in prison)

Hilldale, Utah (FLDS headquarters)

Brigham Young University, Mormon college located in Provo, Utah

Joseph Smith, religious prophet and founder of the Mormon Church (LDS)

Book of Mormon

Ebenezer Bryce, Mormon pioneer

Clifton (1875 community near junction of the Paria River and Henrieville Creek)


Mary Ann Parks, wife of Ebenezer Bryce

Pine Valley (small community just north of St. George)

Paria Valley, Utah

Reginald Barrow, Headhunter, Korn Ferry

Riverside Mission Inn

Cynthia Vargas, Assistant to the Board Chair, Green Table

George Macko, Chairman of the Board, Green Table

(no name) Lizard people

Potato Valley, older name for Escalante region

City of Escalante, Utah

Posey Lake Road (near Escalante)

Pine Creek (near Escalante)

(no name), nurse, Escalante Urgent Care Clinic

Page, Arizona

Panguitch, Utah (Garfield County seat)

Kolob canyons (Zion National Park)

Horse Ranch Mountain (Zion National Park)

Garfield County Sheriff’s Department

Honorable Edmund G. Grabble, Judge, 6th District Court of Utah

GAO, General Accountability Office of the U.S. Congress

(no name), District Attorney, County of Garfield, Utah

Provo and Salt Lake City, major cities in Utah

Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s independent news source since 1871

Logan, Ogden, cities in Utah

Quorum of Twelve Apostles, senior governing body in the Mormon Church hierarchy

Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, Spanish explorers, 1776

Fray Francisco Garces, Franciscan padre and explorer, 1776

Don Pedro Fermin de Mendinueta, governor of New Mexico, 1776

Danites, special Church unit formed to intimidate unfaithful and anti-Mormon militia units

Mormon War, series of conflicts between Mormons and residents of Missouri in 1838

Battle of Crooked River, point of conflict in 1838 Missouri Mormon War

Lilburn Boggs, Governor of Missouri who ordered Mormons out of Missouri in 1838

Haun’s Hill Massacre, bloodiest event in Mormon War with 17 Mormons killed, 13 injured

Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormon community swelling to 12,000 people in early 1840s

Brigham Young, founder of Salt Lake City in 1850 and 2nd president of LDS Church

Willford Woodruff, 4th president of LDS issuing 1890 manifesto ending plural marriage

Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch (GSENM)

Aunt Phyllis, sister to Randy’s mother

Uncle Don, married to Aunt Phyllis

Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Glacier Bay, and Death Valley (some of the 100 national monuments established under the Antiquities Act of 1908)

Mike Leavitt, Governor of Utah from 1993-2003

Kaiparowits Plateau, Grand Staircase, Escalante Canyon (three main regions of GSENM)

Paunsaugunt Plateau (region on western edge of Grand Staircase)

Paria River (runs through one section of GSENM)

Buckskin Gulch (longest slot canyon in the world, located in GSENM)

Straight Cliffs (2,200 foot escarpment on eastern overlooking the Escalante basin)

Fiftymile Mountain (located far southern end of GSENM, rising 7,584 feet)

65-mile Escalante River (created by merging of North, Birch, and Pine Creeks)

Harris Wash, Twentyfive Mile Creek, Coyote Gulch, Fortymile Gulch, Fiftymile Creek, along with the smaller Phipps, Fence, Scorpion, Davis, Clear, and Indian Creeks (side canyons from west feeding into Escalante River)

Death Hollow, Calf Creeks, the combined Boulder and Deer Creeks, The Gulch, Wolverine and Silver Falls Creeks, and Choprock, Moody, Stevens, and Cow Canyons (side canyons from the north and northeast feeding into Escalante River)

Maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris)

Box elder (Acer negundo)

Gambel’s oak (Quercus gambelii)

Anasazi (ancient Native American culture in Four Corners area)

Paleo-Indian (First peoples inhabiting North America in Pleistocene period)

Fremont (pre-Columbian native American Culture; Anasazi splinter group)

Paiute (Native American culture still intact)

Shooting-stars (Dodecatheon pulchellum)

Scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata)

Firecracker penstemon (penstemon eatonii)

Coyote Gulch (GSENM)

Neon Canyon and Golden Cathedral (GSENM via Egypt trailhead)

Steven’s Arch and Natural Bridge (GSENM via Coyote Gulch)

Spooky Gulch (GSENM)

White Mountains (near Bishop, California)

Blue jay (aka Western Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma californica)

Young man and woman (no name), hiking near Spooky Gulch, near Dry Fork of Coyote Canyon

Peekaboo Canyon (GSENM, near Spooky Gulch)

Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramossissima)

Desert shrub (Gutierrezia sarothrae)

Rabbitbrush (Chrysothomnus spp.)

Juniper (Juniperus spp.)

cryptobiotic soil (GSENM)

Cheat grass (Bromus tectorum)

Abish (Emeline) Julander, 5th wife of LaEarle Julander

Davene Julander, 1st wife of LaEarle Julander

Josh Julander, son and youngest child of LaEarle and Farah Julander

Farah Julander, 2nd wife of LaEarle Julander

Sariah (Claire) Julander, 3rd wife of LaEarle Julander

Brothers of Light, fundamental Mormon ward to which the Julander’s belong

Second Ward (Centennial Park group), fundamentalist Mormon splinter group

John Wickersham Woolley, ordained by Brigham Young as a high priest but best known as the father of Mormon fundamentalism

Hurricane Wash (GSENM)

Willow Gulch (GSENM)

Llewellyn Gulch (GSENM)

Fortymile Bench (GSENM)

Sooner Rocks (GSENM)

Cedar Wash Road (GSENM)

Left Hand Collet Road (GSENM)

Early Weed Bench (GSENM)

Calf Creek Falls (GSENM)

Dutch oven, man’s other best friend

Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Koran

Jack Mormon, inactive or lapsed member of LDS

The Balvenie (Triple Cask), 16 year old Speyside single malt scotch

Davis Gulch (GSENM)

La Gorce Arch (in Davis Gulch, GSENM)

Bement Arch (in Davis Gulch, GSENM)

Narrowleaf yucca (Yucca angustissima)

Broom snake weed (Gutierrezia sarothrae)

Coyote willow (Salix exigua)

Goodings willow (Salix gooddingii)

Tamarisk (Tamarix ramossissima)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

Starbucks (Riverside, California)

Canyon Crest Towne Centre (Riverside, California)

Bob (Cynthia Vargas’ fiancée)

Delano Police Department (Delano, California)

The Doctrines and Covenants, book of scripture containing major revelations of Joseph Smith and later prophets

Pearl of Great Price, select material touching most significant aspects of LDS faith

Armies of Israel, militia defense group created by Joseph Smith in 1834, predates Danites

Clay County, Missouri, area from which Mormon settlers were driven out by angry mobs

Nauvoo Legion, State authorized militia defending Mormon city of Nauvoo

Hyrum Smith, religious leader of LDS, older brother of prophet Joseph Smith

Carthage, Illinois jail, location of murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith by mob of 150 men

Nauvoo Expositer, single edition newspaper setting off chain of events resulting in death of Joseph Smith; destruction of press led to charges of riot against Smith and City Council

Thomas Ford, Governor of Illinois from 1842-1846, responsible of Illinois Mormon expulsion

James Buchanan, 15th President of the U.S.

Utah War (or “Buchanan’s blunder”), armed confrontation between Mormon settlers and U.S.

Mountain Meadows, location of series of attacks against Baker-Fancher emigrant wagon train

Cedar City, Utah

Major John Higbee, officer in Utah Territorial militia giving Mountain Meadows attack order

Aaron and Jacom Levitt, young ranch hands

Manti Jolley, rancher from Wide Hollow, near Escalante, Utah

Riley Skousen, rancher from Boulder, Utah

Neum Belnap, shopkeeper from Escalante, Utah

Everett Reuss, young artist, poet, writer, vagabond

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Henry David Thoreau, vanguards of the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

Cockleburrs and Chocolatero, Everett Reuss’ burros

Maynard Dixon, 20th Century American artist

Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer and photojournalist

Ansel Adams, American photographer and environmentalist

John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist, author, and wilderness advocate

Wallace Stegner, American historian, novelist, short story writer, and environmentalist

Frances Schermerhorn, lady friend of Everett Reuss

Trader (unknown), from Lukachukai in Apache County, Arizona

Waldo Reuss, Everett’s older brother

Milder Allen, Postmistress of Escalante, Utah in 1934

  1. Jennings Allen, Garfield County commissioner in 1934

Soda Gulch (GSENM)

P.M. Shurtz, lead second 1935 search for Reuss

Nemo, Everett Ruess’s nom de plume

Stella Reuss, Everett’s mother

Odyssey, Homer’s epic poem about the journey home of Odysseus, a sequel to the Illiad

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne

Jack Crank, Navajo outlaw in 1934

Rainbow Bridge, world’s tallest arch near Page, Arizona

Monterey, Mexico

Cottonwood Canyon (location of Glenn Canyon Archaeological Survey in 1957)

Owl Drug Company (Los Angeles)

Dr. Kenneth Krauter, Professor of Biology, University of Colorado

David Roberts, contributing editor, National Geographic Adventure

Jon Krakauer, American writer and mountaineer

Denny Bellson/Daisy Johnson, Navajo’s reporting Ruess’s alleged murder and burial

Ron Maldonado, Navajo supervisory archaeologist

Dr. Dennis Van Gerven, Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado Paul Sandberg, Van Gerven’s graduate assistant

Matt McQueen, Assistant Professor, Institute of Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado at Boulder

Helen Marshall, research assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder

Comb Ridge/Chinle Wash, alleged locations of Ruess’s burial and murder

Kevin Jones, Utah State University Archaeologist

Christopher Ruess, Everett’s father

midget faded rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus concolor)

Edward Abbey, American author, essayist, environmentalist

Canyon wren (Catherpes mexicanus)

Viktor Frankl

Plains penstemon (Penstemon ambiguus)

Orson Pratt and George A. Smith, early LDS leaders who spoke about the “miracle of the gulls” in 1848

Thomas Jefferson

Auguste Comte, French philosopher (first philosopher of science)

Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot

Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist, author, noted atheist

Occam’s razor, problem-solving principle in philosophy

(no name) Nurse, St. George Hospital

Cuban cigar #2


Anthony Fulton, Headhunter, Korn Ferry

Sariah, Randy and Shiela’s first child

Robert A. Johnson, Jungian analyst and author