We were determined to see sunrise at least once on our Utah trip. Really, really determined.
So we set our alarms for 4 a.m. We snoozed once, cracked our eyes open, and groaned.
“Do you want to get up?” I mumbled.
“Whatever you want,” my sister mumbled back.
I contemplated closing my eyes and falling into an oh-so-tempting sleep. And then I thought of those magnificent pictures of Utah’s arches ablaze in the rising sun you see in every gift shop, and I said, “let’s go.”
Spoiler alert: My pictures do not look like the famous photos you see in National Geographic. Sigh. I think we misjudged exactly where the sun would be relative to the arches. That, and I’m not actually a professional photographer. But waking up at the crack of dawn is a good way to get pictures of Moab’s famous arches without a throng of tourists in the way.
You can see the moon!
In order to get a shot Turret Arch framed by the North Window, I had to do some tricky climbing to a spot behind the Windows. Probably not the smartest thing, but I survived in one piece.
And of course, goofy, I’m-exhausted-and-can’t-be-held-responsible-for-my-actions pictures.