Our last photo stop in our mega-trip to the southwest was in Moab, Utah. We were already 18 days into our travels, and with a planned stop in St. Louis to visit family and friends, we had less than two days to explore. With limited time and no familiarity with the surroundings, we engaged professional photographer Jon Fuller (www.jonfullerphotography.com) to show us around for an early morning and late afternoon / evening shoot. Jon was a wonderful host and guide for the best photography times of the day. For sunrise, Jon took us to Dead Horse Point State Park, a place we probably would not have discovered for ourselves in our brief visit. It overlooked part of Canyonlands National Park, and the roads we saw hundreds of feet below us made me hope for a return visit and a rental jeep. The early morning sky was overcast, so we were not sure what we might get, but we were pleased with the results.
In the afternoon, Jon drove us along Hiway 279 for a short distance following the Colorado River. There were numerous pictoglyphs carved into the rock walls right next to the road. Most of the time, however, was spent in Arches National Park, where we got a real quick tour and some good photo opportunities before settling in at Balanced Rock for the sunset. The lighting was perfect, and it was a good end to the day. Thanks, Jon!
Most people might have napped between the two photo shoots, but no . . . we went shopping and art gallery hopping in town. It made for a long day, but we wanted to see everything we could.
On our second day, our get-away day, we drove the La Sal Loop Road up and into the mountains. We were hoping to see some fall-colored Aspen trees. We did see a few stands, but whether or not the timing was off, they were nothing like we have seen in Colorado. At the tail end of the loop, we saw and shot Castle Rock, then headed back to Moab on Hiway 128 for lunch. After lunch, we retraced our path back to the turn-off for Castle Rock, but we continued on Hiway 128 as it connected with I-70, our route all the way to S. Louis.
Hiway 128 follows the Colorado River out of Moab for about 34 miles, before it veers off across the desert to rendezvous with I-70. After turning onto 128 just north of Moab, you find yourself in a deep, narrow, red rock walled canyon with scenery rivaling what we saw in the Grand Canyon. There are campgrounds all along the river in this stretch. If you ever find yourself in Moab, be sure to take this scenic drive, even if it is 10 miles in then back.
Twenty-one miles on 128 from the Moab turn-off is a turnoff to Fisher Towers, a series of scenic and rugged sandstone towers named for a miner from the 1880’s. A 2.2 mile drive off of Hiway 128 takes you to a BLM campground, parking lot, and trailhead. A 2.2 mile trail winds around and up & down, ending on a ridge near the largest tower called “The Titan”. A sign says to allow 4 hours for a round trip. We probably made it in about a mile before turning around. It was a hot afternoon, and we still had many miles to go before we could sleep! So, there is one more reason to return to Moab.
So, that is it for our photo journey. It was quite an adventure, or series of adventures. We love our home in Cookeville, Tennessee now, but we also love our trips to the west whenever we can make it.
Thanks for following along as I tried to share what we experienced through photographs. However, as it is impossible to describe what we saw in words, it is almost equally impossible to fully describe with pictures.