I grew up in Western Colorado. That means I spent a lot of my time in Eastern Utah. There were many summers where every Friday afternoon, my family packed up, hitched up the boat and drove the four hours to Lake Powell. We'd come back late Sunday night. It was awesome. And it gave me such a deep appreciation for the beauty the desert holds.
In 2012, I returned to Utah for two days of solitude. I hadn't been there in ten years or so, and I had forgotten why I love the place. After I checked into my room, I drove up to Canyonlands to do some scouting. My heart leapt when I saw the sheer sandstone cliffs, and I was overcome with excitement. I was a kid again, back in my second home.
The next morning, I shot Mesa Arch at sunrise with 50 other photographers. That afternoon I went into Arches, and made my way around in the late afternoon. This is Double Arch, which is where one of the scenes in Indiana Jones was filmed. Definitely a majestic hunk of rock, and well worth spending some quality time here. If for nothing else, just to listen to the wind and watch the rock pick up the color of the setting sun.
I took a lot of photos on this trip. I need to go back soon. It's been far too long...