Over the last few weeks I took a break from photographing corporate head shots and environmental portraits for a much needed breather with Monica. Traveling from Chicago to Colorado, through much of Utah and some of Arizona, we made our way through the North Plains then drove from peak to peak in the Rocky Mountains and throughout the Canyonlands.
The concentration of our travels focused on Estes Park and The Rocky Mountain National Forest where we visited Monica’s family then to Moab in Utah where we hung out with my niece Chloe and checked out Arches National Park and onto Zion near the southwest border of Utah and Arizona.
Along the way, we managed to pen a potentially grammy worthy song regarding the prevalence of cattle in Nebraska. Then we swung through the completely off-the-grid towns of Colorado City and Hilldale which boast a fundamentalist polygamist community of over 10,000 members of the Warren Jeffs persuasion and we also managed to avoid being swept up in a flash flood while hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park. Here are a few more prevalent stats from the trip:
- National Parks visited: 7 (Rockies, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon North Rim, Capitol Reef)
- State Parks visited: 2 (Dead Horse – where Thelma and Louise drove off the cliff and Coral Pink Sand Dunes)
- Elk sightings: 9
- Deers spotted: 24
- FLDS Polygamist sightings: 6
- Rainbows: 2
- Selfies taken: 15
- Cracked windshields: 1
- Local craft beers tasted: 3 (including Polygamy Porter whose tagline reads “Why just have one?”)
- Bug-bites: Innumerable
- Snake bites: Nada-Hurray!
- Plays of Wilson Phillips “Hold On”: 5
- Total miles: 4,739
And for your viewing pleasure, here are just a few of my favorites from the trip……
Rocky Mountain National Park | Estes Park, Colorado
Hiking to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park | Moab, Utah
His Name was Harley – Red Cliffs Canyon Lodge | Moab, Utah
Juniper Tree in Arches National Park | Moab, Utah
“You’ve always been crazy, this is just the first chance you’ve had to express yourself.” | Thelma & Louise
Monument Valley | Navajo Nation, Utah
Big Bend | Zion National Park, Utah
Hiking the Narows of the Virgin River | Zion National Park, Utah
Grotto Trails | Zion National Park, Utah
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park | Between Kanab and Mount Carmel Junction, Utah
Rough Mule’s Ear Flowers | Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
Hoodoos in the Amphitheater | Bryce Canyon National Park
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon | Arizona
Cathedral Valley | Capitol Reef National Park
And don’t miss another special treat: my fave pics from Arches in Moab, Utah. You can check them out here. A definite highlight as we experimented with night photography and light painting and this is probably one of my favorite places I have visited west of the Mississippi. Gotta love hippies and hitchhikers.