Arizona Strip & Southern Utah Wanderings | Day 3
Monday, October 8, 2012
On Monday morning we got up early and wandered over to The White Pocket again to catch the sunrise. We arrived plenty early to try and catch the pre-sunrise glow, which was amazing!
There’s sometimes an amazing glow that really brings out the colors in the sandstone about 10-20 minutes before sunrise. You can see it with your eyes, but a long exposure really brings it out in your photos.
Interesting shapes and lines in this formation and nice clouds in the sky. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions.
White Pocket Butte lights up with alpenglow right before the sun comes up.
Once the sun was up we spent the rest of the morning doing some more exploring and, of course, taking plenty more photos. There were some nice clouds in the sky this morning.
After spending a few more hours photographing The White Pocket it was time to pack up and move on to our next destination.
Once our camp was packed up and loaded back into the Jeep we went searching for some ruins and rock art before leaving the Arizona Strip and heading back into Utah.
At our first stop we found plenty of potsherds scattered on the ground.
We found this one faint petroglyph nearby.
This small ruin and a large foundation was found on the ridge above the potsherds and petroglyph.
While hiking to another ridgetop ruin we came across another area that was covered with potsherds.
We made one last stop at the Wiregrass Reservoir to find some very faint petroglyphs.
As we were driving back into Utah on the House Rock Valley Road, I just had to stop for a photo of my Jeep parked where I got stuck in quicksand last month. It looks a bit different now…
We decided to grab some dinner in Kanab before heading into the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument via Johnson Canyon and the Nephi Pasture Road under the White Cliffs. We ended up taking a rough Jeep road near our planned hike for the next day and setup camp shortly before sunset. Unfortunately, this area was in a thick Pinyon and Juniper forest, so there was really no great place to take sunset photos from.
Part of The White Cliffs at sunset over the tops of the trees.
I liked the way the branches on this dead tree kind of matched up with the clouds in the sky.
Just a photo of our campsite for the night shortly before the sun went down and we went to bed.