four years ago today [2012.11.08]
i awoke overlooking the grand canyon. i recall it being a windy night as i photographed the stars over the moonlit canyon. as dawn broke, i explored the overlooks and saw the park in the morning light.. i hadn't had much time to see it when i arrived the afternoon before.
i then headed south a bit to sedona, and drove down the very bumpy and winding schnebly hill road. this rock road was the worst one on my trip.. i had driven it years before in a car (that was bottoming out) and an suv. i went back to visit as it was such a beautiful area.. though it felt different this time, and was not as exciting as my earlier times there. i had thought of photographing the stars off the rock road, though there were signs saying no camping and it was forecast to rain, so i headed to town for a meal with cactus fries and then kept going. i had photographed the stars there on previous trips (while sleeping uncomfortably in a car) so it wasn't too bad to skip it this trip. i drove north on arizona state route 89a and stopped at the oak creek vista to see the views of the canyon and winding roads below. it was pretty windy up there and rained when i was back on the road. i got on the interstate and made my way east to new mexico. rather than look for a spot on the side of the small road somewhere, i spent the night in a parking lot at a walmart i'd seen right off the interstate.. if this is the time i'm thinking, it was loud with the sounds of noisy diesel truck engines running all night not too far off in the distance. in the morning, i'd make my way over to taos to check out the earthships.