About a year ago, Gregg mentioned that our photography group needed to do a photo trip to Canyonlands and Arches National Park. Finally, we decided to just pick a weekend, and Presidents Day weekend seemed like a good time since everybody usually skis that weekend. We got very lucky in that it snowed quite a bit the Wednesday before we got there, so we had the combination of red rock, white snow and blue sky. Very patriotic! It would have been great to be there for the full lunar eclipse this week, but maybe in 2010 for the next one… 🙂
Lori Stone flew in from Seattle for the trip. I picked up Lori from the airport, came back to the house and picked up Gregg, and headed out about 11:30am. For ths part of the trip, we didn’t really ned the GPS. The directions are basically “Drive 350 miles West on I-70, then 25 miles south on 191.
On our way into Moab, we still had a little sunlight left so we took a right turn and headed up into Canyonlands. We didn’t know much about locations or what to look for, so we we stoped and took pictures of the bluffs, and a set of monoliths called Monitor and Merrimack. They were impressive, but we should have kept going. Live ‘n’ Learn….
We got to the Visitor’s Center, parked the truck, and walked east towards the dropoff. With every step, forward, I kept saying “WOW”, “OH WOW”, “HOLY SMOKES”, “UNBELIEVABLE”. We were on the edge of the cliffs, looking down a thousand feet at the white mesa, and then another thousand feet to where the Colorado River flowed.
We got a few nice pictures, but it would have been great if we got there 30 minutes earlier.
When it got dark, we headed down into Moab, stopping for dinner at Eddie McStiffs Brewery. It was OK, but I’d recommend the place we ate the following night.