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N 118 B 6.1K C 102 E Sep 13, 2011 F Sep 19, 2011
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I think Moab is my absolute favorite place in the entire southwest. I came to that conclusion this week. If you visit Moab. Arches NP is fantastic! Canyonlands is fantastic! But... Don't miss taking a drive up Highway 128!

Highway 128 goes north from Moab, and I think it is the most beautiful, scenic drive in the country.

It follows along the Colorado River, winding along the bottom of a canyon. A little further north, it opens up and you drive through Castle Valley, which looks very much like Monument Valley. That's where this photo was taken.

No... Rt 128 is not a dirt road. This is a little side road, looking off to the east from the highway.

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N 308 B 13.2K C 247 E Jun 25, 2008 F Feb 22, 2009
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The next stop after the Grand Canyon's North Rim, was Monument Valley. This is the famous Ford's Point, where many old western movies were filmed. So, many, that most people in the east just thought that the entire western part of the country looked like this. It doesn't. Monument Valley is a unique, and absolutely amazing place. I was really excited to finally get to see it. This was taken in the last week of June.

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I shot this a few months ago on my way back from an overnight trip to Alstrom Point. Jill and I camped out there under the full moon. Alstrom point is a beautiful plateau with a fantastic panoramic view of Lake Powell. So, the next morning we stopped here on our way back to Page. I just loved the texture of the dried mud. I let the Dogs out of my truck to run around for a little while. I thought all of the mud was completely dried up, but there was one little wet spot underneath that overhang in the middle. Bridget found it. Just about one second after I shot this, Jill yelled to me, "It looks like an animal walked through the mud here" Just as she said that, I saw Bridget jumping into the back of my truck completely COVERED with mud! Like giant chunks of mud just dripping off of every square inch of her body. This wasn't your average mud. This was MUD FROM HELL!!! This crap was like Spackle, and within two seconds the entire back of my truck was covered with it. My bed. My sheets. My carpet… It dries like concrete. Since then I have actually powerwashed the back of my truck, and I still have some chunks of it stuck to things. At the time, I only had one small jug of water, so I had to drive all the way back to my motorhome with her covered with this crap!

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N 98 B 5.4K C 86 E Feb 10, 2009 F Feb 11, 2009
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Alright... I've gotta post something quickly before my computer dies again. It's been an interesting week. I think I feel a Chaybert story coming on. Anyway, this is another from yesterday mornings sub-freezing shoot. Thor's Hammer. It's one of the most famous formations in Bryce Canyon. I hiked about halfway down into the canyon to shoot this, then turned around cuz it was just too damn cold. I've gotten spoiled over the last three months. It's funny how you don't miss things till they're gone. I have been in Texas, New Jersey, and southern Arizona, where there is Oxygen! Oxygen is nice. Bryce is UP THERE! Damn! I forgot how much it sucks not being able to breathe. Most of the park is 8000-9000 foot elevation. So, I was gasping, and freezing at the same time.

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N 66 B 10.5K C 81 E Aug 25, 2011 F Aug 26, 2011
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Hmmmmmm… Should I tell the story about how I got this shot? Probably not.

OK… First off. What is the "Fly Geyser"?

It's one of the most bizarre things on Earth. It's probably the worlds only man made geyser. About 50 years ago, someone was drilling a well in northern Nevada, and accidentally struck a geothermal hot spring. Suddenly boiling water started spraying out of the ground and has been ever since. It has turned into this spectacular, strangely shaped, multi colored geyser.

I have heard a bunch of different (conflicting) stories from a bunch of different photographers about how to get to this place.

The funniest (and longest) was the chaybert story. This is part two of that story.

So… It is an incredible geyser, but, on private property.

Apparently, the story has changed in the past several years.

I've heard to just ask Bruno, who owns the restaurant/saloon/hotel/casono in Gerlach, and he'll say "Go ahead and shoot it"

I've heard. Just jump over the fence and shoot it.

I've heard that the property has been sold and is being made into a resort. Obviously… To cash in on the massive amounts of tourists that show up in Gerlach every year.

I've heard… "Don't go there. It's totally off limits now"

I've heard… "It's in the middle of nowhere. Your chances of being caught are zero"

I followed my GPS coordinates, so far into the middle of nowhere, that, I thought I must have missed it by a hundred miles. Then. Suddenly, in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road was a ten foot high wrought iron gate with big metal spikes on top, and about 50 "NO TRESPASSING" signs all around. On either side of the gate was about a mile of ten foot high barbed wire fence.

Sooooooo… I found a place beyond the fence where I could drive off into the desert a couple miles away, and found an inconspicuous place to sleep in the back of my truck.

The dilemma…

If I park near the gate, and all the "NO TRESPASSING" signs and someone sees my truck there, it would be pretty obvious where I was. So. I figured that... If I don't cross the fence then I can't see the signs. And. If I can't see the signs, I couldn't possibly know that I am not supposed to be there. So… I didn't walk on the road, or climb the fence. I just walked through the desert.

I really had no idea where I was going. I just got out of my truck and started walking through the desert in the general direction of this supposed geyser, walking through knee deep shrubbery and lots of prickly things. My legs did a lot of bleeding. My favorite part was when I tried to jump over a wash and didn't quite make it. When my right foot landed, I sunk up to my knee in black gooey crud. That made the rest of the hike much more enjoyable.

Eventually, I could see steam rising up in the distance, so I headed towards that.

And then… There it was. The obscure, "Fly Geyser"

I figured… If someone asks why I am there. Just say. "I was just wandering across the desert and stumbled across this!"

Sounds believable.

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