Arches N.P.

Photoshoot: UTAH - end of September,
early October 2005
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Needles Area

The Needles area of Canyonlands
N.P.

Devils Garden

Devil's Garden
Grand Staircase -
Escalante
National Monument

Blanding to Boul

Blanding to Boulder, Utah
including Natural Bridges
National Monument

Calf Creek Waterfall Trail
Mossy Cave Trail
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
State Park
Capitol Reef Da
Capitol Reef
National Park
Day 1
Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef
National Park
Day 2
Arches N.P.
Arches N.P.
Day 1
Arches N. P.
Arches N.P.
Day 2
Arches
Arches -
Last Day
Rockpile
Exploring a Rockpile
Fisher Towers
Fisher Towers
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* My itinerary: The trip began with a flight from Seattle to Grand
Junction, Colorado. I picked up a car ( a cute PT Cruiser) and
drove west and south to Blanding, Utah for a two night stay. The next day was spent going back north to Monticello and then west and north on Hwy. 211 to the Needles area of Canyonlands. It was a strenuous day to atempt to see the 'elusive' Needles. I was unable to hike close enough or get high enough to photograph them! On day 2 I drove south from Blanding and west on Hwy 95 heading toward Boulder, Utah. I visited the Natural Bridges National Monument and again stalled out on a decent hike because of the change in elevation to get to the valley floor to be able to look up at the arches. (the first ladder looked too scary!) On to Hite and crossing of the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon Nat. Rec. Area. Further north at Hanksville I turned west again on Hwy 24 through Capitol Reef without taking any photos at the time. I turned south now on Hwy 12 and drove to Boulder (Utah) where I stayed three nights at the Boulder Mountain Lodge.
One of the important reasons for this return trip to Boulder was to attempt the hike the Calf Creek Falls Trail. At 6 miles round trip that's really my limit, but I was determined. So I took 2 bottles of water, lunch and yummy cookies and didn't care if it would take me all day. Luckily I only needed help at one spot coming back out. I am quite proud that I accomplished this 'task'.
The nest day I drove almost to the town of Escalante , turned south on the Hole-in-the-Rock road to visit the Devil's Garden. Back to the highway I continued on past Tropic to the Mossy Creek Trail which is just under Bryce National Park which I had visited last December. The following day I attempted to follow the Burr Trail road to the Waterpocket Fold road, but I became a bit lost and discouraged at being in such a remote area without several days provisions! (I admit to getting stuck in the mud for a few minutes!) So I turned around and back north to Torrey for a three night stay. Capitol Reef National Park was my main interest and I was thrilled by all the photo opportunities. The second day, tiring a bit from so much red-rock photography, I went west for the afternoon in search of fall colors in the Fish Lake area north of Loa. The next moring I was headed east (I'm generally going in a big circle), again through Capitol Reef toward Hanksville. From there I turned north and found the fascinating Goblin Valley State Park. Photography was very difficult ... the wind was ferocious! Finally hwy. 24 met up with I-70 at Green River and I was completing the circle back to Moab for the last four nights of my journey ... with Arches National Park being the absolute highlight! The last day while sitting at another stopping point along a trail, (Fisher Tower) when the going gets too tough, I sat reviewing the memories of all the spots I had photographed and realized again how much adventures like this mean to me. I know I passed up a few places (and I don't get up at the crack of dawn) but I'm not unhappy with the shots I came home with. Your comments are, of course, welcome.

Eleanor, October 18, 2005

My next major trip will take me back to Australia in May. The highlight will be a trip along the Gibb River Road in the far outback of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.