The Beginnings of Rock FatiguePosted on November 16th, 2007 after 13660 miles by Dean Croshere.
Delicate Arch was still something to see. It is the most famous arch in the world, after all.
The hike isn’t terribly long and it was entirely deserted shortly after sunrise, as I hiked up to it. The morning sun felt great and I felt pretty good. I couldn’t help but feel a little burnt out on rocks though. A couple of times I considered turning around and taking a picture of the amazing landscape that was behind me, but I simply couldn’t bring myself to do it. It wasn’t as amazing as the Canyonlands or as the Devil’s Garden that I had just left.
I can certainly see why Delicate Arch is an evening view formation. The side that is easy to see is in shadow in the morning. Still, the shadow did help to make an interesting picture.
I crawled about on the sandstone to try to get pictures from different angles, but I couldn’t really get anything. I was just about to leave when I noticed my shadow. This shot simply wouldn’t be possible in the evening.
Also, I’m sure that the evening is filled with onlookers whose shots I would be disturbing by standing under the arch like this.
As I hiked out, I passed three or four small groups of people that were headed up to see the view.
My next stop was the Monument Valley. This is probably the most famous part of Utah. It is featured in nearly every big budget “western” movie including The Searchers, How the West Was Won, and Back to the Future III.
The sheer rock sprouting out of the flat desert is remarkably impressive. I enjoyed snapping some pictures of it.
I was not the only one. I’ve never seen so many photographers in one place at one time before. Most of them had big expensive cameras. I think I saw a Hasselblad among the lineup over there.
What was most interesting to me is the way they were all facing. No one was taking pictures of the sunset. Maybe I just don’t understand enough about photography. I mean, That ledge does provide a great view.
Personally, though, I find this to be the shot.
Or maybe it was this.
I was definitely experiencing some rock fatigue. In the past few days I’ve seen a lot of rocks, and some amazing formations of dried ancient undersea geology. Here were some more rocks, and they were still amazing.
I was dying for some real face to face human contact, something that I haven’t really had since I’d switched from couch surfing to camping back in Santa Fe (and Austin, really).
I wandered about the campground and tried to interest some of the other campers in a conversation. Everyone was solo.
“Hi” I’d open.
“Uh.” They’d grunt in response.
“…” In other words, “go away.”
I eventually retired to my car to try to write a little.
Instead I ended up just playing a game on my computer to try to spark a little interest. I ended up falling asleep at about 7:30.