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Winter Road Trip: Utah

You know you’re in Moab when you pull into a gas station 100% occupied by identical silver Subaru Outbacks… Mine was the dirtiest though, so I’m pretty sure I won.

After escaping the blizzard-filled expanses of New Mexico, I arrived in Moab, Utah to meet up with Jeremy and Katlyn for New Year’s Eve. With the forecast calling for snow and temperatures well below 10°F, we called it quits on the camping plans and made a last-minute reservation for a yurt just outside of town.

I’d just picked up an old film camera and decided to play around with that for the first part of the weekend. I loved the simplicity of this analog tool, but the weather soon got so cold that the camera was really struggling. I’ll have to play around with it some more on a warmer trip.

Arches National Park

First stop was Arches National Park. Even though the government shut down had closed parks around the country, the state of Utah stepped in and paid to staff the park in the interim. A really nice surprise after having to skip several places on my list in New Mexico…

The cold weather really put a strain on the crappy old film camera, but this resulting accidental double exposure was one of my favorite shots from the weekend. Ended up switching back to digital for the rest of trip after this though.

The cold weather really put a strain on the crappy old film camera, but this resulting accidental double exposure was one of my favorite shots from the weekend. Ended up switching back to digital for the rest of trip after this though.

Highly recommend traveling with a geologist next time you visit Moab. Makes the trip about 35% more interesting.

That reflected light though…

Yurt Life

Our yurt was a few minutes outside of town in Dead Horse Point State Park. We checked in and then wandered down the hill a bit with some snacks and a few cans of Utah’s finest microbrews to watch the sunset before making dinner and settling in.

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One of them obviously took this, but I can’t remember which. Probably Katlyn?

Dead Horse Point State Park

It snowed a foot or so overnight and at some point we managed to pull ourselves out of the warm yurt to check out the massive viewpoint just down the road. It was absolutely freezing, but so worth it to see this tiramisu-esque landscape reaching to the horizon.

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