Five hours doesn’t sound like much sleep but it’s so nice to be up with the early morning light, cool air and birdsong. The roads are so appealing without the hordes blocking the view.
Passing Vegas for me, is much nicer from a distance. After the first visit back in December 2001, my thoughts have never wavered and not once, have I been struck dumb with the Vegas fever, or tempted to take one of the beckoning pocket-change flights, to lose my weekend and savings. I’d like to go back to a sporting event or show, or maybe I’ll just head in with a pen and paper and continue to document my intrigue of this supposedly magical land.
I couldn’t resist peeling off to Death Valley junction, instead of taking the right turn, straight to the California oven and the desolation didn’t disappoint. Most of the junction is vacant, with exception of the hotel. There is also oddly enough, an opera house, but I couldn’t find anyone around to ask about it, not even after walking freely through the hotel, camera in hand.
I’m making the most of a business trip to Utah this month and I’ve extended my stay, into the weekend, to be able to visit a couple of new locations and re-visit an endearing moment of 2007.
Included in this weekend sojourn, I’m covering Death Valley (California), Mojave National Preserve (California), Grand Canyon (Arizona) and Zion National Park (Utah), as well as an actual shot of the Salt Lake itself, this time. Full itinerary is up with other trips for this year on my notebook and continually in a process of update – all itineraries are subject to change.
The descent into the Grand Canyon, will follow the same Bright Angel trail as last time, except this time, I’m going physically and nutritionally prepared, and with an HD camcorder (and enough spare batteries for the camera). I’m still waiting to hear back, as to whether I need a permit for hiking at 3am; I’m hoping it’s still classed as a day hike and doesn’t need a permit. If I get the 3am start, I’ll be able to catch the sunrise from inside the canyon, and hopefully some night and dawn shots.