Monday, June 13, 2011

Moab, 2011

We headed down to Moab for a three day weekend a little while ago. I posted the pictures recently, but haven't thought about blogging the trip until now.

We drove down early in the morning on Friday and got checked into our bed and breakfast. After stopping buy, we went straight into Arches where we spent the day hiking to the more accessible arches. All in all, I believe we hiked about four and a half miles in total Friday.

Our first hike took us to three different arches...

Turret Arch:

Moab, May 2011

And the North/South Windows:

Moab, May 2011

Moab, May 2011

Sharing the same parking lot was the trailhead for Double Arch. Double Arch was cool because you were able to climb right up inside it. We spent a good 45 minutes or so just hanging out inside the arch.

Moab, May 2011

Afterward, we went to Sand Dune Arch. This was probably my favorite hike of the trip because it takes you right through these giant fins:

Moab, May 2011

The trail was as sandy as any beach. Tucked away inside was Sand Dune Arch:

Moab, May 2011

Our next step was Skyline Arch. The arch sits pretty high on the rock, so I thought this might be an bit more interesting perspective:

Moab, May 2011

Our final hike of the day was to Landscape Arch. To get there, you take the Devil's Garden Trail. There were two other arches on this trail, but the lighting didn't provide very good photos. Here are a couple views from the trail:

Moab, May 2011

Moab, May 2011

When we finally made it to Landscape Arch, the sun was directly behind it. Definitely not good shooting conditions. I took what I could get and wasn't really planning to keep any of them, but when I converted this shot to B&W, I think it actually turned out pretty interesting:

Moab, May 2011

After that, we headed into Moab and ate at the famous Zax pizza where we got all you can eat pizza. It was pretty good.

The next morning we woke up and hit the trail to Delicate Arch. I had planned on hiking Delicate Arch late Friday night, but not really knowing the trail, I didn't want to be hiking out of there at night. They say evening is the best time to get photos of the arch, and they're right. The sun will be setting right behind you. We got up there fairly early in the afternoon, but I think the photo turned out okay.

Moab, May 2011

I actually really liked how it converted to B&W, too:

Moab, May 2011

Later that evening we did a sunset river cruise on the Colorado. We piled into a boat and a guide took us out and gave us a little tour of the area. I actually did learn quite a bit, like the location of another arch, some Petroglyphs and a bit about the area, too. The guide was really funny, too, so it was a very enjoyable experience.

Sunset+Red rock+Water=Amazing Photos:

Moab, May 2011

Moab, May 2011

On our last day, we just hung out at the park and took some pictures right off the side of the road of stuff we had ignored the previous days.

The Three Gossips:

Moab, May 2011

Balanced Rock:

Moab, May 2011

The Organ:

Moab, May 2011

Finally, on our way home, we drove the hour or so out of our way to see Dead Horse Point:

Moab, May 2011

In the end, it was a really great trip. Despite having been to Moab many times before, I definitely saw more of the park than I remember ever seeing before. Mushna is starting to get to the point that she really enjoys hiking, too, which made the trip much more enjoyable for both of us. We plan to make our trips to Moab an annual thing. Next time I go, I plan to try to plan some of these hikes for optimal lighting for photos.

I posted most of the photos here, but there are a few others you can view on my Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypnoeyez99/sets/72157626789781538/

2 comments:

Steve-o said...

Really great photos. Looks like you got pretty lucky with lighting and timing, too. We spent less than a day there when we went around nine years ago, and the lighting was horrible everywhere we went. I thought it was a really great place, though, and your pics totally make me want to go back.

Marcus said...

It had been a really long time since I had been. It was much more impressive than I had remembered it... Especially Delicate Arch. I forgot how large the arch actually is. If you make another trip like the one you just made to NM, the Moab/Canyonlands area would definitely be a good place to consider.