Back at the end of April I had won a free roundtrip airline ticket. I chose to fly into vegas, rent a jeep and travel to southcentral utah to camp for the next 4 days while I make the journey back to vegas to depart. My first destination was near Hanksville, UT at a place known as Burr Point. It took 6 hours to drive there and I encountered some wonderful scenes. NIKON D70s    ---    500mm    f/6.3    1/500s    ISO 200 The dropoff at Burr Point is approx 2,000ft to the bottom of the canyon. This area is very remote and is the path less taken. And although I didnt arrive until sundown, watching the moon go across the sky lighting up the canyon and nearby Henry mountains, it was wonderful. NIKON D80    ---    11mm    f/5.6    30s    ISO 400 Morning was glorious too as the warm sun peeked over the horizon, the canyon rocks turned all sorts of colors. NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/7.1    1/320s    ISO 200 This next day I was going to travel through dirt roads on my way to the town of Escalante and take the Smoky Mountain road through Grand Staircase. Driving through Capitol Reef NP, I took the dirt road that is less traveled. I didnt see another human for 3 days. NIKON D80    ---    10mm    f/7.1    1/500s    ISO 200 Once I passed Escalante, I entered Grand Staircase and I did not know that it would take 4 hours to travel 68 miles. The road was trecherous. This next photo does not do justice as the incline was about 30 degrees NIKON D70s    ---    18mm    f/9.0    1/200s    ISO 200 Once I reached my destination at the edge of Grand Staircase, I had a wonderful view of the town of Page AZ off in the distance. The sunset was wonderful. NIKON D70s    ---    10mm    f/4.0    30s    ISO 800 NIKON D70s    ---    10mm    f/7.1    30s    ISO 800 The next morning was cool but as the sun rose, it created alot of drama across the landscape. NIKON D70s    ---    65mm    f/10.0    1/400s    ISO 200 NIKON D70s    ---    32mm    f/10.0    1/200s    ISO 200 I traveled to Page AZ wanting to visit Antelope Canyon and took a short pitstop to visit horseshoe bend. WOW!!! what a view. Watch your step! NIKON D70s    ---    14mm    f/10.0    1/500s    ISO 200 how I got the above shot. NIKON D80    ---    85mm    f/9.0    1/125s    ISO 200 I was finally able to visit Antelope Canyon after a couple of hours wait. What I didnt expect was the time of day I went was perfect as the sun created those wonderful light beams. NIKON D70s    ---    17mm    f/20.0    8s    ISO 200 NIKON D70s    ---    10mm    f/7.1    13s    ISO 200 NIKON D70s    ---    10mm    f/13.0    8s    ISO 200 After I left I headed towards the Vermillian Cliffs where I ran into some horses and a California Condor near the Colorado River. NIKON D80    ---    165mm    f/9.0    1/500s    ISO 200 NIKON D80    ---    500mm    f/9.0    1/80s    ISO 200 The Condors have been radio tagged for tracking. A few hours later I was headed back to Nevada for my last night and along the way stopped through Zion NP. NIKON D70s    ---    22mm    f/9.0    1/80s    ISO 200 NIKON D70s    ---    18mm    f/10.0    1/25s    ISO 200 Then it was off to the Valley of Fire state park for my last night. I didnt arrive until sundown but the sunsets and moon reflecting off the rocks were wonderful. NIKON D70s    ---    18mm    f/3.5    3s    ISO 200 NIKON D70s    ---    18mm    f/3.5    176s    ISO 250 That night it was warmer than the previous nights which I was not expecting. And encounters with a baby rattlesnake, bats, and black widows did not boost my confidence nor make place for a comfortable evening. The next day, I drove the 50 miles to Vegas airport and headed home. I hope you enjoyed the read as much as I enjoyed the writing.