A Whirlwind Trip to Utah

Hidden False Kiva

Back in February I spent a long weekend in Utah. What’s in Utah you may ask? That would be our very good friends, L & K, the ones who got married then moved to the States about six months before we did. After a stint in Indiana they now live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the plan was to visit them before they welcomed a third family member to the mix.

Unfortunately the day before we were due to fly, Mr Ship-Shape had a rather gnarly bike accident requiring a trip to A&E and the decision not to fly. As L & K’s baby was due just a month later, I decided to go on my own, leaving him behind with nothing but kittens and a six pack for company.*

Salt Lake City

Not to talk smack about California, but Utah has some of the best National Parks in the country, and SLC is the gateway to some of those, so after exploring nearby Park City and stocking up on Banbury Cross doughnuts, the three of us headed a few hours south east to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. 

Park City UtahPark CityWe based ourselves in Moab, the closest city to the parks, and woke up at around 5.30am to make it to Canyonlands in time for sunrise. This trip was during my blogging break and as a result I almost left my camera at home. When I think about that now, I almost can’t believe it – the parks were some of the most beautiful natural spaces I’ve ever explored, and I’m so grateful I was able to capture some of that beauty on film.

For sunrise we headed to Mesa Arch, one of the most popular spots in the park for photographers. It was quite jarring, walking bleary-eyed and sleep deprived off the road towards the arch, only to be greeted by 20 photographers lined up underneath it, waiting for the sun to hit that perfect spot between horizon and rock. 
Mesa Arch sunrise
After a couple more hours exploring Canyonlands (and being all brave, walking across the top of Mesa Arch) we headed back through Moab to Arches National Park. Despite snow on the ground in SLC, it was so hot in the parks, but we still managed to fit in a few hours of hiking and photography before heading to Delicate Arch, the landmark that typifies Utah’s dramatic, orange-tinted geography, for sunset.
The trip reignited my love of photography and was one I’ll never forget. We’re going back for a visit next month and I’m looking forward to exploring more of Utah (and hopefully another National Park or two) so for now I’ll leave you with a few photos from what was an unforgettable long weekend in Utah.
Mesa Arch CanyonlandsArches and Canyonlands UtahL and K Mesa ArchStanding on Mesa ArchTrails at CanyonlandsCanyonlands
* Kidding! Several friends brought food and checked in on him while I was away, so it’s not as heartless as it sounds, honest. 

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