On road trips it's easy to get so caught up in the next location or what's around the next bend, that we forget to take the time to truly stop and take anything in. You can see so much yet actually experience so little. That's one of the reasons I'm so thankful for @borderlineclothingsupply and their support on our recent trip through the Southwest. Not only for sponsoring and making parts of it possible but also for providing us with their day off hammock. That hammock was a constant reminder to slow down, relax, and take it in. Moments like this one in Goblin Valley where we set up the hammock, took in the good times, and the incredible beauty of our surroundings are some of my favorite from the trip and I have the day off hammock to thank for that.
Sunrise at Hickman Bridge, a 133 foot long and 125 foot tall cut in the Kayenta formation in Capital Reef National Park. For those interested, natural bridges are carved by continuously flowing streams, while arches rely on the erosional forces of wind, water, and freezing and thawing.
Headlamps cutting through the darkness of dawn as blue hour begins to softly light Pectol's Pyrymid, the 6,970 foot white dome of Navajo Sandstone looming overhead. One of my favorite aspects of hiking at sunrise is watching the landscape take form out of darkness and slowly be colored in by varying hues (maybe it's the painter in me), but particularly in this area of the southern Utah desert that the Navajo called the "Land of the Sleeping Rainbow."
Spent the day exploring the Cathedral Valley! I've wanted to come here for years! It felt like a more intimate Monument Valley...we didn't see another soul and were able to wander the incredible area in complete solitude. A serene experience that's rare in today's overused national parks. The two prominent spires are called the temples of the sun and moon, near-twin formations standing like sentinels 400 feet above the valley floor.
I've been out of service for the past couple days surrounded by some of the most incredible landscapes I think I've ever seen! Heading out to Nevada today, but can't wait to share more from my time in Arizona.
Spent the morning wandering around the Painted Desert & Petrified Forest! I don't think I've ever underestimated the beauty of an area as mush as this one. Truly blown away by the landscapes I found here!
2017 has been an incredible year! I'm so thankful for all the experiences, places, & people that have made it one of my favorite orbits around the sun! I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store! For now here's a handful of moments I was fortunate enough to capture this year!
The rare and illusive frost flower only develop when temperatures first drop below freezing but the ground is still warm enough to keep the root systems of plants alive. Not really a flower at all, frost flowers are delicate and beautiful ribbons of ice crystals that form on the lower stems of several species of plants. Here's a handful of images I took of one of the most beautiful gardens of frost flowers I've ever seen yesterday morning.