I've picked out my four favorite trips to post about this week and next. I've done a lot of traveling, and it was hard to pick out just four trips to highlight. My criteria for selection was partly the photos I took on the trip, but was mostly the impact that the trip had on me, both intellectually and emotionally. I find that travel changes me in good ways. It broadens my mind and often opens my heart. The trips I'm writing about in these posts have had an important effect on me.
Starting out at number four was my trip to the southwest in October of 2010. For sheer stunning scenery the Colorado-Utah-Arizona-New Mexico area is hard to beat. Above is a view of Arches National Park. October turned out to be the perfect time to visit that popular park as the weather was mild and wonderful but there was very little traffic. I wouldn't say I had the park to myself, but it was close.
Next up is a view of the Chama River valley just north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, in the north central part of the state. The fall colors added beautiful hues to the countryside.
Finally I have the view of a lifetime. The iconic Monument Valley is pictured below, lit by a full moon. Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park, and they have a wonderful hotel (called "The View") in which every room has this view. That made it very convenient to take pictures like this in the middle of the night. It is a stunningly beautiful place, and it makes sense that Native Peoples consider it sacred.
My trip to the southwest in 2010 really opened my eyes to the grandeur of the American west and the amazing sights and resources we have in this country.