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94 Days on the Road

              94 days on the road...yes you’re reading that correctly. I do have to admit that it was a little hard adjusting to this new lifestyle for the first month or so. I was used to working my butt off for so long then all of a sudden boom a completely different lifestyle. Prior to this trip I loved to travel. It brought me a sense of freedom and constant change of environment which I totally love. After a month of being on the road I strived in this new lifestyle. I felt more at peace with life, I cherished it more along with the beauty of the world. It made me realize even more how many material things I don’t need to be happy. In this blog I will be talking about Utah and so on with another state each blog.

               Oh Utah, I absolutely love this state even more than I thought I would. And I would go back there in a heartbeat. In Utah, Matt and I went to quite a few different places. Yes, It can get hot there so I would advise going in March or April.

               Our first stop was Moab, Utah. We checked out Double Arch and spent the day exploring around the area. Later that night, we hiked out to Delicate Arch. The parking lot was nearly empty and for those of you that have been to Arches National Park know that is a rare sight to see. We grabbed our camera bags after vlogging in the parking lot and headed up the trail. We hiked a mile and a half until we rounded the corner and the arch was in sight. We hiked around the bowl, doing video and spent a couple hours vlogging and recording some footage. It was such an amazing opportunity having the whole place to ourselves minus a handful of kids that were definitely intoxicated and screwing around. As the sunset, the sky turned orange and pink and we grabbed our cameras for some beautiful photos of the arch at sunset. The kids left, after the colors faded and Matt and I were the only two left. We waited until the sky was dark and did some light painting with the arch. It was a blast and after an hour or two of doing that we packed up our gear, turned our headlights on and hiked back to the truck. Our sleeping spot that night wasn’t anything fancy. With Covid going on, all the campsite areas were closed. So we found an open dirt area with another truck camper parked there and decided to take the chance and park there for the night. The next day, we explored more around double arch and did some vlogging. After that we hiked out to Corona Arch. This is such a cool hike and a less popular arch that people go to. You have to go up a rope and also a ladder about three fours of the way into the hike. We had about four other people come and go otherwise we enjoyed the area and did some videos. The following day we headed over to Canyonlands and spent the day there checking out the area. Later that night, we received some snow which I wasn’t too fond of but it melted off quickly enough. Matt and I slept a couple hours that night before getting up to shoot milkyway. After that we headed over to Mesa Arch for sunrise. This spot is usually packed with photographers trying to get the shot. We sat in the parking lot with one other vehicle waiting till it was a little later to start hiking out. While sitting there an officer pulled up and informed us that the park is being closed due to Covid. We are glad we left when we did for our trip otherwise it would have been closed when we had originally planned on leaving. Matt and I were thankful that we were able to spend about 4 days there.

                      Onward to Escalante, we spent about three days there checking out some of the slot canyons. We did take a couple wrong turns on some of our hikes. It just added a couple miles on that’s all lol. On the second day, we hiked to Zebra Slot Canyon but the water was a freezing 34 degrees so we only hiked in about half way to the slot canyon….the water was high enough to be chest deep and we didn’t want to risk getting sick. After that we checked out Hole in the Rock and did some night photography. Let’s just say we passed out that night after hiking a total of 21 miles.

                   Reflection Canyon…….I want to do this hike so bad. It’s more than just getting the amazing picture. It’s the thought that this hike could be life or death. It’s more than just physically pushing your body to it’s limit. It’s mentally pushing yourself no matter how tired you are, that you need to hike and if you don’t know where you are going that’s it. You have to sign a waiver before you hike...as it states that less than 900 people a year make this hike. Matt completed this hike once and I'm game to do it. You have to carry about 50 pounds of weight between water, food and a sleeping bag. There is no cell reception and no trail. Just you and the open desert….and not a tree in sight for shade...10 miles one way and 10 miles back...IF you don’t get cliffed out. I love challenges. I love the thrill of completing a hard hike...capturing a beautiful photo and having a story to share. The hike didn’t happen this time since we had a schedule for places and it was a whopping 100 degrees out. Stay tuned though because this is happening on our winter trip.

                The wild horses…... I will say I thought it was going to be a shot in the dark trying to find these beautiful creatures. It was about three hours out of the way on our route and I was tossing around the decision of trying to find them or not. After much debate, I decided we should go for it. In the scope of things, three hours out the way wasn’t horrible and I would rather try then live with the regret of not trying. As I was talking on the phone with my mother...who was calling to make sure we were still alive lol, I pointed out the herd of horses just down the road after driving for only about 5 minutes. It was a nice size heard of about 50 horses grazing, playing in the water hole and fighting. Matt and I decided to stick around till sunset while we captured the herd of horses with our long lenses. We kept our distance watching the foals jump around and the stallion nip at the other horses. I felt like I could stay there for hours and hours just watching them. As the sun sank down we were blessed with a beautiful sunset and we snapped some photos with the horses against the sky. Blue hour began to hug the sky and I knew we still had to get to our spot to sleep about an hour and 45 minutes away. The warm air touched our skin as we chatted on the drive.

                Matt and I work hard on the road as we take landscape photos, photos of us and film footage for our videos we put together on our travel page Infinite Explorers. We stay up late after a long day of hiking to provide content on our page to share our journey with the world. So feel free to check that out as well.

               Utah is such an amazing area. Matt and I went to a handful of places that I didn’t even blog about here but that content will be coming up in future blogs. So stay tuned for those blogs such as the hike that should never have happened. Thanks for reading! Where is your favorite spot in Utah? Leave your comment below!

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