four years ago today [2012.11.07]
i woke up in the middle of nowhere. the night before i had driven into grand staircase-escalante national monument. i wanted to check out an arch in the park and perhaps thought i could photograph the stars under it. when mapping my route, i figured i'd go through the park and make my way to arizona. after driving an hour down a long, bumpy, winding dirt road up, down, and around the park, sometimes right at the edge of steep cliffs, i came to a closed gate in the direction i wanted to go. i decided to spend the night there and head back in the morning. it was really cold this morning, in the 20's. previously having thought i would only have 30 more miles to the highway from where i woke up, i had to back track hours out of the way to get on the route to my next destination. i found cattle walking up a steep hill on my way out. close to the entrance i found the arch i hadn't seen in the pitch dark night.
after making it out, i drove through the neighboring kodachrome state park, which was quite beautiful.. i found a huge rock formation that i parked my truck next to for a photo. i decided to stop at bryce canyon to have another look as it was now on the way back. after, i drove through the same road i had the day before, and ended up seeing one section three times as i had passed through that area both on my way in and out of the grand canyon. had i known i couldn't make it through grand staircase-escalante, i probably would've changed the order of my itinerary or where i was going, though the experience was all part of the adventure and it was nice to get to see what i did. in arizona, i had a quick look at glen canyon dam and i was pleasantly surprised with a really nice view and drive going down echo cliffs via antelope pass. i made it to the south rim of the grand canyon in the afternoon with enough time to explore a little bit before the sun went down. i found a spot at an overlook where i could photograph the stars over the canyon. i remember waiting a little bit to pop the top as other cars were still in the parking lot, though finally did after a while and think others also spent the night there.