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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Canyonlands National Park

February 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

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Staying an extra day in Moab gave me the chance to explore another nearby national park. The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park is about 35 miles from the town. I went there this afternoon.

I had a leisurely morning after pushing myself hard yesterday — as evidenced by the 17,000 steps that my pedometer registered. I also needed to write an article this morning. So I am not quite “on vacation.”

Vacations shouldn’t be tiring. So I limited my steps to 12,000 today.

I made three short hikes in the Canyonlands. The first, to Mesa Arch, was the most satisfactory, although I took a “shortcut” across country on the way back and ended up hiking twice as far as I would have on the mile long trail. No matter; it was fun.

Mesa Arch in the Canyonlands

Mesa Arch in the Canyonlands

Like yesterday in Arches National Park, some unafraid ravens were around. This time a pair was at the Mesa Arch Trailhead when I finally got back:

An Unafraid Raven

An Unafraid Raven

At another trailhead later in the afternoon this little Juniper Titmouse perched on the door of my SUV:

Juniper Titmouse on My Door

Bird on My Door

The sky was overcast today. The great advantage of an overcast sky to a photographer is what happens at sunset. At 6:17 p.m. this is what happened at the overlook to the Green River:

Sunset on the Green River

Sunset on the Green River

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  • 1 norm // Mar 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    nice photos and story david! my family is taking a trip to moab and canyonlands and then onto scenic route 12. any suggestions to “not miss”? i’m a camera buff and am really lookin forward to this adventure!
    regards,
    norm

  • 2 David Mendosa // Mar 2, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Dear Norm,

    I’m glad that you read my photo essays! The two high points of my trip in this area have been Delicate Arch at Arches National Park, which I wrote about in my entry for “Stunning Sandstone” (if I remember the name correctly, but it was just before this one) and the trail down to the Queen’s Garden and up Wall Street (in that order because of the steepness) at Bryce Canyon National Park. But are moderate to moderately strenuous 3-mile trails. And since you are a photographer the time of day is important, especially just before sunset (with flashlights for the return) at Delicate Arch.

    Have fun!

    David

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