I can't really put into words how much I enjoy Escalante. The feeling of complete solitude from the rest of the world is a good feeling. Couple that with the warm sandstone, that unmistakable smell of the desert air, and the gentle southwest breeze hitting the back of my neck, it made leaving here a very hard thing to do.
The most rewarding photographs for myself aren't always the most epic or over the top sprawling vistas with crazy light, but instead are the ones that I can remember every step leading up to taking it. The journey is what makes photography worth it. These slot canyons were about 35 miles down a road that pretty much rattled our car apart. We had bolts in our trunk that had fallen out, and by the end of the road our underbody guard was dragging along the ground. It took us a little over 2 hours to make it those 35 miles.
Once at the trailhead, we made our way out into the sprawling landscape. After some careful navigating and a few lucky guesses we found ourselves in some of the most beautiful slot canyons we've ever seen. These canyons required quite a bit of jumping, sliding, squeezing, tripping, and climbing to get through but it just added to the fun. By the end of the day, we were exhausted and starving so after making our way back out onto the highway , we treated ourselves to a burger and shake from one of our most favorite little spots we found along the way.