Thursday, October 2, 2008

Whirlwind Weekend

We finally went on another road trip this last weekend, but boy was it a fast one! We headed out Thursday morning and stopped at Hite Marina on our way to Natural Bridges.P9253190

Beautiful! Such gorgeous scenery. We journeyed onward and reached Natural Bridges around 5:30 pm. Plenty of time to reserve a campground on a Thursday night, right? Right. They were full. As it turns out, they only have 13 campsites!!! Really? A National Park, and it has only 13 sites? Oh well, they have plenty of BLM land that allows for overflow camping so we found a nice little spot there. P9253220P9253218

Hunter had just washed the car the night before. Here's what it looked like when we stopped to camp:P9253225

Seems to be a recurring theme for him, lol. We set up the tent, we ate some chow and then busted out the toys. I drove little FJ on the slick rock, all Moab-style and stuff. Hunter flew his plane and good times were had by all.


Natural Bridges has been designated as an official Dark Park, so we were looking forward to checking out the stars. We left the fly cover off our tent and slept under the dazzling starlight.P9253250

It was beautiful. More remarkable, however, was the sound...or lack thereof. It was literally the quietest place I've ever been. The only sound was that of crickets, and nothing else. Even in Henrieville there are a ton of night sounds that can keep a person awake all night. There are dogs, coyotes, cats, light highway traffic, and other occasional/variable animal noises. Here, in Natural Bridges, there was NOTHING. It was amazing.

I was pretty excited for the next day because we were travelling onward via the Moki Dugway. P9263251

"The Moki Dugway gets its name from the carved hand- and foot-holds on cliff faces throughout the region created by the ancient Native Americans. Worn step-like paths can be found leading up cliffs to food storage areas, dwellings, springs, or up steep escarpments..." (quoted from this site). It's difficult to describe how incredibly impressive the sights are here. It left me breathless with wonder. But hey, why describe it when I can show you?


Our GPS said it well:


Holy twisties, batman!! It would have been an amazing road on the bike, except I'm pretty sure I would have been terrified. Hunter would have loved it, though! P9263267

Absolutely stunning. It was raining a little bit too, which made for some cool sky effects. At the bottom of the Moki Dugway you pass thru (or by?) the Valley of the Gods. You can tell this is Monument Valley territory; it's just so amazingly cool!!!


It was a beautiful start to a very long day. We drove for hours and hours and finally reached Ruidoso, New Mexico around 8:00 pm. Hunter caught the gorgeous sunset on the way:P9263273

We spent the weekend with Hunter's awesome sisters and had a great time. Here's a few family shots:P9273305P9273315P9273284

We had a campfire BBQ our last night there, and I spotted a picnic table with a large number of pinecones lined up on the bench. I think they were waiting for dinner and starved to death because nobody brought it. Anyway they looked cute so I snapped a shot.P9273292

This is how Hunter got me out of bed in the morning. As you can see, he just picked up the mattress and dumped me on the floor. You see what I have to put up with??P9273281

It was a great weekend. :)


Anonymous said...

You should start your own magazine or something. You have enough material, that's for sure.
P.S. I thought Moki was Moqui? O well, probably none left to ask how to spell it. (Except maybe in Escapoopi)

The Wright's said...

You guys always go on such fun road trips! Loved the photos - you are so talented.

Zachary said...

Holy Cow! Those were some amazing photos! And some crazy twists in the road! I am jealous.

Becca said...

I can't believe you were so high. The pictures alone freaked me out. Anyways Hunter cracks me up.

ang said...

ya, those pictures are totally making my rumpus hurt...

Smiley Family said...

I am in complete agreeance with Jed, you could totally start your own magazine. The pictures alone would sell millions:)