Part #6: Waking Up at the Crack of Dawn to See Dawn

Part 1: Road to Arches
Part 2: Arches Galore
Part 3: Delicate Arch
Part 4: Hiking Dead Horse Point
Part 5: Canyons For As Far As The Eye Can See

We were determined to see sunrise at least once on our Utah trip. Really, really determined.

So we set our alarms for 4 a.m. We snoozed once, cracked our eyes open, and groaned.

“Do you want to get up?” I mumbled.

“Whatever you want,” my sister mumbled back.

I contemplated closing my eyes and falling into an oh-so-tempting sleep. And then I thought of those magnificent pictures of Utah’s arches ablaze in the rising sun you see in every gift shop, and I said, “let’s go.”

Spoiler alert: My pictures do not look like the famous photos you see in National Geographic. Sigh. I think we misjudged exactly where the sun would be relative to the arches. That, and I’m not actually a professional photographer. But waking up at the crack of dawn is a good way to get pictures of Moab’s famous arches without a throng of tourists in the way.

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You can see the moon!

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In order to get a shot Turret Arch framed by the North Window, I had to do some tricky climbing to a spot behind the Windows. Probably not the smartest thing, but I survived in one piece.

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And of course, goofy, I’m-exhausted-and-can’t-be-held-responsible-for-my-actions pictures.

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2 thoughts on “Part #6: Waking Up at the Crack of Dawn to See Dawn

  1. […] Part 1: Road to Arches Part 2: Arches Galore Part 3: Delicate Arch Part 4: Hiking Dead Horse Point Part 5: Canyons For As Far As The Eye Can See Part 6: Waking Up At The Crack of Dawn To See Dawn […]

  2. […] Delicate Arch Part 4: Hiking Dead Horse Point Part 5: Canyons For As Far As The Eye Can See Part 6: Waking Up At The Crack of Dawn To See Dawn Part 7: Into The Fiery […]

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