…or, a Shout Out to Adventure.
As you might have gathered from my excitement over my most recent trip report, I am more excited than ever about exploring the majesty of the American west. As soon as I get home from one trip, I begin planning the next one. I’ve already got an idea what I want to do with my wife Abby for our anniversary trip in October, so I am now cogitating the possibilities for an early November jaunt. Here are my early thoughts…
- Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico. I would like to camp there two or three nights, particularly since it is so isolated, making camping the only way to take advantage of earliest morning and last evening light. I might even consider backpacking there with the goal of shooting some star trace and/or light painting on the formations. I drove some of the way there in November 2012, but turned around and came home due to a death in the family.
- Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah. Dennis Udink has already expressed an interest in joining me for this, and he has recent experience in the area. I am particularly interested in seeing and photographing Zebra Slot, Stevens Arch, and Metate Arch, among others.
- Big Bend National Park, maybe early in spring 2014. I only visited this amazing place once, in 2007, and I believe there is much more to explore in this park, which is geographically huge.
- New Mexico in general. I keep going through New Mexico to get to Utah, and I see its desolate, delicate beauty and want to explore it more, which in some ways is getting back to my desert exploration roots.