It’s been pointed out to me that Arizona Highways Magazine has selected one of my photos of the Second Wave in Coyote Buttes North as the photo of the day for today. You can check it out here: http://www.arizonahighways.com/photography/photo-archive
For some reason I never posted my favorite trip reports for 2013, but I’m bringing it back this year with my favorites from 2014. I had an amazing year and visited a lot of new places, plus revisited some others. I think I took some nice photos along the way and had a lot of fun. All of the photos on this site come from these trips. I try to post my best photos over here on Anasazi Photography, but there are plenty of other photos in my trip reports that don’t make the cut and help document my adventures.
Here are my top ten favorite trip reports from 2014. As you might notice, I had a great year in Canyonlands National Park.
An amazing three days spent in the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park over Memorial Day weekend. The sunrise on our last morning will be hard to forget!
My first visit to Coyote Buttes North this year and I had some beautiful conditions. I spent much of the day hiking in lesser-traveled areas on my own. I also finally managed to make it to Yellow Rock. I’ve been trying to get there for years!
A nice overnight backpacking trip in the San Juan Mountains. The highlight of this trip was climbing to the top of a nearby 13er to catch a spectacular sunset!
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Another location in the San Juan Mountains that I have wanted to visit for a few years. It’s a beautiful area and there were plenty of wildflowers to be found.
My desire to someday visit Salt Creek Canyon was part of the driving force for me to start backpacking a few years back. I was finally able to reach this goal and had a great trip in the spring!
My annual Fall Colors trips in Colorado rarely disappoint, and this year was no exception in the Elk Mountains.
I always have a great time exploring the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
After climbing Courthouse Mountain in the morning, I was treated to an exceptional sunset in Gray Copper Gulch before going to sleep for the night.
I’ve tried to complete the White Rim Trail a few times in the past, but something has always prevented me from doing so. 2014 was the year I finally completed the loop.
What’s better than spending the long Thanksgiving weekend hiking and searching for ruins and rock art on Cedar Mesa?
When Diane and I visited The Wave in Coyote Buttes North on New Year’s Day, we had to hike through about 6 inches of fresh snow that had fallen overnight. It made the hike a little more difficult, but it was also a lot of fun! I have been to The Wave almost a dozen times over the past few years, but the snow made it a whole new experience.
Here are a few preview photos that will be showing up in the trip report when I get it done.
As you can see, much of the wave was covered in snow.
The Passage next to The Wave had the least amount of snow allowing for some contrast between the sandstone and snow.
I just wanted to give anyone in Grand Junction and the rest of the Grand Valley a heads up that I will have a few photos on display at the Mesa County Old Courthouse (544 Rood Avenue) through the end of March. The display is located on the third floor just outside of the Commissioners offices and features a 24×36″ gallery wrap of the photo above, plus five others in smaller sizes.