Coordinating a vacation for a family of working adults isn’t easy, but it is nearly impossible when only one of them has a nine-to-five job. When the others are photographers, contractors, and a nurse, it takes a while to find the right time to get out of town. Nicki was planning to run a half marathon (spoiler alert, she did it!) in Arches National Park at the end of October, so we all hopped onto the first part of her trip out west.
We started at the incredible Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in Albuquerue, New Mexico. The balloon launch happens at dawn on select days of the festival. The following photos were collected during two different days of the event.
At the Sandia Peak Tramway, the view was great! Until we made our way into the clouds where there wasn’t much to see.
Four Corners. Family of four.
Our next stop was Glen Canyon and Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon is slot canyon (a tall, narrow canyon) located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. We took a guided tour of the Upper Slot Canyon and a somewhat more adventurous tour of the Lower Slot Canyon–with stairs and ladders!
(Below is one of four iPhone photos in this post. Can you spot the others?)
Our trip took us to a few small towns where light pollution is limited. It was the perfect time to practice some wide-field Astrophotography. Here are some of the many, many, many practice shots of the night sky near Monument Valley.
Our final stop was Arches National Park. Such a great trip!!