Photographs by Frank

11 October 2018

2018 Road Trip (Part 1) — Introduction / Canyon de Chelly

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:12 PM

We are back from our 2018 road trip!

We headed west on Labor Day and arrived home on Sunday… five weeks and 6940 miles total. We pulled our little teardrop camper and spent most nights camping.

The centerpiece of the trip was the Grand Canyon. We spent five days at the North Rim and then ten days rafting the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Diamond Creek (more about this in another post). Both before and after the Grand Canyon, we stopped at a number of other national parks and monuments.

On the way west, we spent four  days (three nights) on the interstate system before hitting the local roads somewhere west of Albuquerque, NM and heading for Canyon de Chelly National Monument along the Arizona-New Mexico border in the four corners area.

We arrived at Canyon de Chelly in the late afternoon and camped there for two nights. This was our standard  operating mode for most stops, giving me two late afternoons/evenings and two mornings for photography when the sun is low(ish) in the sky.

From Canyon de Chelly, we headed to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where we spent four nights camped in the National Forest campground just north of the park. From the North Rim, we headed to Flagstaff (and one night in a motel) to meet up with the folks we would be rafting with.

Early the next morning (15 Sept.) we were on the AZRA* bus headed for the put-in at Lee’s Ferry. We spent the next ten days floating the river and being well tended to by the guides. The take-out was on the morning of the 24th. After another bus ride (back to Flagstaff) and another night in a motel (with hot showers!), we were ready for the rest of our trip.

We did not get too far on the first day, post-raft trip… only to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments, twenty or twenty-five miles north of Flagstaff, where we camped for one night.

From there we headed for Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah (for two nights) then, with a quick daytime stop at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, to Capitol Reef National Park (two nights). Next it was on to Hovenweep National Monument (two nights) with another quick stop at Natural Bridges National Monument on the way. After Hovenweep we headed to Mesa Verde National Park (two nights) and Great Sand Dunes National Park (one night) in southwestern Colorado, before deciding to find Interstate 70 and head home.

Of course, I took some photographs along the way….  3263 exposures total to be exact! I have spent much time since we returned home editing this mass down to 495 frames (i.e. 15% of the total) which I “developed”. I then made a second pass at editing and have 182 photos (5.6% of the total) which will appear here on the blog. Hopefully, this is a small enough number that no one will fall asleep during the slide show!

Thus, to begin, here are the photos from Canyon de Chelly; more (from other places) will follow in subsequent posts.

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*AZRA — Arizona Rafting Adventures (more about them in a later post)


Part 2 >

2 Comments

  1. Hi Frank,
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos. Robin and I enjoyed getting to know you and Joan on the Colorado River. I am pleased that you got up to Bryce, Capital Reef, and other sights in southern Utah and Colorado. It is amazing country that is a challenge to capture with a camera. You did a beautiful job!
    Regards,
    Jeff

    Comment by Jeff Strait — 13 October 2018 @ 8:46 PM

  2. Frank,

    Welcome home! Only 3600+ pictures?? What happened did you run out of film???

    so far you have some amazing images, can’t wait to see what else you found along the way. Did not get over to Arches, er no?

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 17 October 2018 @ 1:32 PM

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