We pulled into The Arches National Park in Utah last night, after a full day of driving and exploring for canyons. There wasn’t a park ranger at the gate and the entrance was open. Tired and worn from a long day, we decided to at least find the first observation point so I could should Nate something he’d never seen. This was just about midnight pulling in.
We came to the first observation point in the park, Park Avenue Viewpoint (fitting) and got out of the car. When Nate looked up, he got to observe, for the first time, a sky full of stars and the Milky Way Galaxy. He laid on the ground and took it all in while I experimented with settings for night photography.
I had forgot to pack my shutter release cable so this was the best I could do with a 30 sec exposure.
After leaving Bryce National Park, Utah was a lot of interesting and beautiful scenic views. A bit long in between towns sometimes, but worth the drive.
A quick trip through Bryce Canyon, a few hours north from Zion. Bryce is vast, almost feels as vast as the Grand Canyon but with different features.
Zion National Park was a beautiful oasis in the middle of flat plains and nothingness. After driving for hundreds of miles with nothing worthwhile to look at, you find yourself suddenly confronted with rock formations out of nowhere that seem mountainous.