Even though we travel frequently I don’t take for granted the marvel of our modern day modes of transportation. Two days ago we were standing on the beach in Florida watching dolphins. This morning we awoke to a 6 a.m. alarm to watch the sunrise at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.
It was an eerie feeling driving into the park in the dark, having also driven into this area last night in the dark. And having come directly from the flatland of Florida. The car headlights flashed on something right next to the road – a wall of rock! Then in the distance I could barely make out with my night vision shadows of larger walls and mountains. When we got out of the car there was darkness everywhere (no street lights here) and the only sound was something flapping in the wind on the ground (turned out to be caution tape around road work).
One other person was getting out of his truck when we pulled up, camera in hand and Petzl headlamp on head – what a nerd. It was 56 degrees but felt much cooler with the brisk wind, so we added a layer and zipped our jackets. We made the 1/2 mile climb up the trail to the North Window, camera in hand, Petzl on head. Turns out there’s a lot of those nerds here in the early morning!
It was so quiet as we waited for Mother Nature’s morning show that we heard the wings of two crows flying by, and the crunch of another photographer coming up the trail. It’s hard to imagine this area with hundreds of tourists when it’s so peaceful right now.
Brush stroke by brush stroke the sky filled with color and the vastness of the land that surrounded us came to light. What an unique way for this to be revealed, like sitting in a dark room when someone hits the lights with a “surprise”. So much land, so few people, no signs of civilization from here – it’s like we’ve stepped into the pages of a travel magazine. Layers of red rock, arches, scrub brush as far as we can see in every direction. This is a great place to come if you want to be reminded how small you really are in the grand scheme of the world.
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