My high hopes for today were exceeded way beyond what I imagined!
Adventurer Designer was to pick me up at 4:25am. I went out at 4:20am only to find her already sitting there waiting for me! There was no needing an hour or so to wake up and get with it, we were in ready-to-go-right-now mode. From doing our homework, we knew we needed to arrive at Mesa Arch very early to get one of the very few spots for the perfect sunrise photo. We were fourth and fifth to arrive and set up our spot right at the front. I knew other photographers would be there but never imagined they would be professional photographers from all over the world. It surprised me they were interested in chatting with me, someone without a tripod and aiming with a point and shoot. When the sunrise started, it was all business for the next 15 minutes or so. This is my perfect shot of "The Mesa Arch Sunrise"! I never imagined I could get such a shot with my camera.
It was a long steep descent with a few switchbacks. The trail went along ledges, over boulders, on top of slickrock, even across a wooden bridge covering a rock slide. While descending, I was already thinking of the ascent up this at day's end.
There was a shirt in Moab with a saying on it "this girl gets dirty but cleans up nice"!
Well, I got dirty but wasn't cleaning up nice!
But you do know that I do clean up nice, right!
The trail conditions took a toll on my boots, feet and legs. At this point, we are only at the half way mark.
I took care of the situation with another layer of sunscreen, clean pair of socks and duct tape on my boot!
It was a long slow climb along the couple of kilometers of White Rim Road but well worth the efford. The road led us out of the basin and up onto Murphy Hogback where there were two tiny campgrounds. These camp sites had out-of-this-world views.
If Mesa Arch and Murphy Hogback were all we got to experience today, I would be thoroughly overjoyed but that wasn't the end of our day. We cleaned up, I tried to as much as I could, then went to see more sights in the area. Have you seen the movie "Thelma & Louise"? This is Shaffer Trail, the road at the end of the movie. We had an outstanding view of forever!
Two many clouds rolled in and we didn't get the sunset shot we hoped for but this kind of scene isn't shabby at all to end a day!
I will never forget today!
I felt like I was "on top of the world" from sunrise to sunset and every second in between!