The Path of Least Resistance – Part 2

Posted: March 20, 2012 in 2011 summer trip
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July 7, 2011


Leaving Fruita with our tastebuds satisfied from the wonderful fresh fruit we head further along Hwy 24 deeper into Capital Reef National Park.  Ever wondered what it would be like to walk on Mars, then this is probably as close as it gets.  The earth here is vibrant.  Hues of purple and red are due to the rains today and is perfect for photographing the rock formations formed so long ago.  We stop and view many of the famous formations along the Hwy such as “The Castle”, “Chimney Rock”, and “The Twins” before heading south on Hwy 12 towards Boulder Mountain.

Boulder Mountain is at an altitude of approximately 9000 ft.  We had heard how beautiful the area was in this region and was not at all disappointed and definitely entertained by the many cows that are left to roam freely to graze here.  We stopped to take a looksey but was given the evil eye by one or two of the herd.  I could just hear them saying…move along…nothing to see here now.  I couldn’t help myself at this point.  I broke out in laughter.  All I could think of was the Chick-fil-A commercials with the cow on top of the car and the cows in the field holding up cards saying Eat more Chicken….

And the view that these cows had…..Wow!

Heading for the final stretch of the day is a stretch in the Hwy that runs the ridge of the slickrock known as The Hogback.  Other than a few feet of grass, flowers, or shrub or two on either side of the two lane road, not much else can cling as the terrain drops steeply off both sides into the canyon below.  Similar to this local, Hell’s backbone was a destination on today’s “To Do List” but we are simply running out of light.  Seeing the road wind out of sight in the distance with both sides of the canyons visible is not for the faint of heart.

One last look before the night’s end.

One last look before the nights end

  1. […] Path of Least Resistance – Part 2 […]

  2. Wow…Martian indeed with all that red soil and those rocks. BEAUTIFUL! (especially the ones set against the brilliant blue sky…wow…yet AGAIN!)


  3. abelovedone says:

    Wow these pictures are incredible!

  4. maryfollowsthelamb says:

    They are all wonderful and thank you for sharing them. My favorite was the lone tree.

  5. ashleypaige4 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! I love the southwest, and now I’m wanting to go back even more after looking at these! Thanks for sharing!

  6. kmt13 says:

    This is awesome!

  7. apolloscrow says:

    Beautiful pics! I’ve beheld many of those same rock formations in my own travels in UT, and these shots made me very wistful. I love how cows are just everywhere out west, too. We ran into some forest-cows once while hiking with our (understandably perturbed) dog. There was this crashing-through-the-brush sound coming at us from multiple sides, and suddenly cows, surrounding our yelping dog and our own stunned, gaping mouths. Apparently this is not an uncommon thing, but it sure caught us off guard!

    • triptracker says:

      We seem to find cows everywhere and I don’t know why but we always want to photograph them too. We have had some similar meeting with cows ourselves while out on hikes

      • That’s funny, we do the same thing! We like to photograph cows in unusual environments. My favorite times have been seeing them on a green ocean-side bluff in Maui, and seeing them congregate on the side of a strip mall in Oklahoma.

        Anyways, happy travels to ya!

      • triptracker says:

        Cows are everywhere and they seem to get themselves into the most unusual locations. They never look harried. It is like they should be there. Maybe that is why we find ourselves photographing them.

  8. Ryan Sprout says:

    Those are absolutely beautiful photographs!

  9. That third photograph is unbelievable!! Gorgeous!

    Also, I’m loving the cows…for some reason, life just seems more serene when cows are around. 🙂

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  10. The pictures took my breathe away. What clarity and beauty in nature’s beauty you managed to capture. You are truly gifted. I was also impressed with the quality of the writing. A quality of writing that spurs me on to do much better in my own writing. Thank you so much in sharing this blog with the WordPress family.

    • triptracker says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. This blog was started to remember all the wonderful moments on our journeys. I find I remember so much more recording the journeys this way.

  11. hileleri says:

    MAN THAT İS AWESOME i live in turkey ı have never seen like thıs

  12. malinlk says:

    Gorgeous pictures! What equipment do you use?

  13. Gorgeous photography of beautiful country. Thank you for sharing. Connie

  14. JWag says:

    Amazing how wild empty spaces can revive your spirit.

  15. I miss the American West!

  16. Thanks! Those pictures are so beautiful and full of life that i do not have to figure out how to afford that vacation for a while because it feels like i was there with you! Really cool!

  17. Beautiful photos! I think my favourite is the one where the road curves around to the left and you can just see the hills and scenery and sky beyond it. Gorgeous.

  18. Catie Eliza says:

    PHWAR!! I LOVE these photos. :] xx

  19. Liz says:

    Great pictures! I especially like the last 4.

  20. Catie Eliza says:

    AAAHHHH And I LOVE Bon Jovi (too much) So enjoyed the this aint a blog for the broken hearted… ;] xx

    • triptracker says:

      When I started this blog I was deliberating about what tone to set for it. Then I remembered this song….Bon Jovi was the biggest thing around when I was a kid. I thought it was perfect compliment to what we wanted to say.

  21. ShaneWozEre says:

    Damnit. Now I want to photograph these.

  22. hakea says:

    Wow! Thank you for bringing such a beautiful landscape into my view.

  23. Rai says:

    Sounds like such an awesome adventure! Also CONGRATS on being fresh pressed!

  24. Aidyearts says:

    Baeutiful !

  25. howanxious says:

    Amazing pictures…

  26. Karen says:

    Great pictures. The colors are so vibrant. And the cows do have a great view.

  27. amethyst073 says:

    Lovely photos, thank you for sharing!

  28. ilvagamondo says:

    nice pics!!

  29. Stunning photography. We have those “cow crossing” signs in our town – they still crack me up.

  30. wow! these are great photos 🙂

  31. Tar-Buns says:

    These are beautiful pictures. They deserve to be FP’d. Enjoy the ride! 🙂

  32. amelie88 says:

    I swear, Utah has some of the most beautiful parks. I didn’t make it to Capitol Reef when I went but maybe next time. 🙂 I’ve seen so many pictures recently on people’s blogs that it looks like I will have to make a second trip back out there. Thanks for sharing!

  33. taofly says:

    Thanks, awesome travel!

  34. russtharris says:

    There is something so calming about large dry rocks. I love the landscape of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. It solidifies my belief in a creator.

  35. engchick23 says:

    Gorgeous photos! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! 🙂

  36. Wow! Every one is exquisite!

  37. thisamaceinglife says:

    I love your pictures, Wow! The colors are so wonderful and I love the road perspectives! Well Done!

  38. Joanna says:

    I can just imagine how nice and calming it must be to be somewhere so different in nature.

  39. chipsofasia says:

    Amazing photos, makes me want to run outside into the wild!

  40. dornhomes says:

    Wow. Just wow.

    Reminds of the the desserts in Arizona. You should come and take at look at the mountain views there. Just magnificent wonder of nature.

    • triptracker says:

      We visited Arizona prior to this. This was a three week excursion with the first week in Arizona mountains. We stayed in Show Low and visited many place in the deserts south of there

  41. Tim Shey says:

    Wow! Very beautiful photos. You are very talented. Some of those red rock formations photos look like they could have been taken south of Moab, Utah. I have hitchhiked through Moab many times over the years.

    “Wyoming to Utah”

  42. hottabb says:

    wow, those photos are unreal!!! Fantastic job, keep up the good work :]

  43. bwbears says:

    really nice photos and really nice place!

  44. fredrodriguezphotography says:

    Wow… I am amazed at your images from your travels… I was in a trans just looking at them and wished it was me traveling down Capital Reef National Park. I’m sure you had such a great time just experiencing the views that you shared with everyone. Its so breath taking… thank you for sharing…

  45. Sounds like a wonderful trip – love the photos

  46. wow, the view is very beautiful, and the photos you take is very good

  47. Winn says:

    Love the darker photos here. How tranquil.

  48. Awesome pictures!! But I hate vicariously enjoying the gorgeous views so from here on out I ban myself from looking at them (as if seeing the pictures would somehow diminish my drive to travel), Take me with you next time!! — I’m not terrible company either, I swear!

  49. hodgepodge4thesoul says:

    These images touched my Cherokee side! Love this post 😀


  50. Excellent photos.

    Steven Wade Edinburgh.

  51. Sarah D. says:

    I’ve seen so many photos of this area, but these make it seem new — the textures, colors, overall tone, wow! Gorgeous. Congratulations on being FP, well done!

  52. stellaslifeinanutshell says:

    Your photos are amazing. It looks like a breathtaking landscape.

  53. Stunning photos. Thanks for a glimpse of another land.

  54. Karly Robin says:

    photos are beautiful. – they sky looks incredible.

  55. Wow! Brilliant pictures! Amazing photography! You rock.

  56. […] regularly). Anyway, I have never really been on too many drives in the U.S. but seeing these photos of road trip through Boulder makes me want to goooo! Oh, and the picture below made me really happy […]

  57. theseatofhis89soul says:

    Great photos in your post. I really enjoyed how you captured views from day to night, it really shows the diference in details. More than anything your post puts life in perspective and makes me realize how beautiful our country is. Peace.

    • triptracker says:

      Our country is beautiful and there is so much we have yet to experience. I may not be able to visit the rest of this wonderful planet but plan to see as much as I can of what lies around myself here

  58. jadenoid says:

    Awesome pics 🙂

  59. scarletworm says:

    Gorgeous pictures.

  60. says:

    Oh, goodness — I LOVE the tree picture and the one right before it with the clouds. These pics are so inspiring. 🙂

    • triptracker says:

      I absolutely love images with a lone tree, especially when the tree is barren of leaves. I find myself gravitating to take these over many other types of photos

  61. What beautiful pictures!

  62. Beautiful – we’re considering a trip to UT this summer.

  63. Brigitte says:

    Beautiful photos! Never ventured to this part of the country, but your images do it inspiring justice!

  64. Lisa Carmen says:

    These images are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing.

  65. Summer says:

    Amazing pictures!!

  66. Incredible! What else can you say? Beautiful creation.

  67. these are some breathtaking fantastic photos. I like the black top road disappearing out of sight the most.

    • triptracker says:

      My husband loves roads. We always seem to have plenty of shots of this type of landscape. I really enjoy them too especially when the sun is low on the horizon.

  68. navarblog says:

    Very much enjoyed these pictures. Thank you.

  69. Those are amazingly sumptuous photographs. I loved looking at them!

  70. Simply amazing pics! 🙂 America the beautiful! 🙂 Love John Wayne/John Ford country; such an awesome creation, this land. Thank you, for sharing.

  71. ever consider selling your photography?? Their beautiful pictures

  72. milarepa55 says:

    I did an Outward Bound course in this area many years ago. Everyone should visit here, or at least savor these photographs.

    • triptracker says:

      I would have to agree. Before visiting here I would never have thought that Utah was as beautiful as it was. It really is amazing and needs to be seen in the various lights of day and seasons too.

  73. samantha7143 says:

    The best photography i had ever seen in my life..


  74. Wow! I love these photos, makes me want to go there as well! Maybe someday…

    • triptracker says:

      Looking back on them I wish we were there again. It was an amazing place with so much to see and do. We barely skimmed the area in our 8 day stay

      • triptracker says:

        Arukah. I will remember that word. My husband and I are always talking about what being healthy is. In our society many see skinny as healthy. We are always saying that our travels keep us healthy. It is a way to not only cleanse our lungs but our minds. Great article!

  75. Beautiful and amazing pictures 🙂

  76. omwaombara says:

    IT’S OUR LIFE. Absolutely amazing photos. Congrats!

  77. Bev Sykes says:

    Well done Sharon & Andrew. How lovely that your incredibly beautiful photos and interesting commentary are bringing so much pleasure to so many people. I know how they feel. These photos just blew me away too. Would love to have my walls here in Australia covered in them. At the very least they would make a wonderful calendar for people all over the world. I am very proud of you both. Lots of love Mum xx

    • triptracker says:

      You were and are my inspiration Bev. This site was created as way to connect us to you for all the time we are not able to spend together as a family because of the vast distance between us. Maybe one day soon we can show you some of these wonderful places first hand.

  78. Thanks for sharing such marvellous captures with people like us, who stays far off 🙂

    • triptracker says:

      My family leaves in another country and many of them have not seen this one. We began this endeavor to bring our world to them. I am happy to see that it has also done the same for so many others too.

  79. Wow. A beautiful narration to go with the unforgettable , amazing images.

    • triptracker says:

      Even though the pictures do tell the story, we had so many more “moments” in between that were never captured with the lens that needed to have a voice too. Thank you for sharing your kind words.

  80. Balu says:

    Incredible pictures!

  81. Your photos are amazing.

  82. Seasonsgirl says:

    Lovely photos! I really enjoyed them 🙂

  83. harpersfarm says:

    Stunning photographs!

    • triptracker says:

      Thank you harpersfarm. I read your “Flashback” and it made me think as I am in that profession. I will keep your blog in mind instead of saying “Pick Your Partners”

  84. troismommy says:

    Beautiful photos! We were there a year and a half ago, but it was summer, so things looked a bit different. Hope you’re having a great time!

  85. zannyro says:

    Oh I miss the Southwest!! So glad I found your site!

  86. Amazing! I’m packing up the car right now.

  87. Juna says:

    Nice pictures! Makes me want to be there too! Congrats on being on Freshly Pressed!

  88. Great post! Loved the pictures. Noticed some nice, understated post-production, just stunning skies! What type of camera do you use? Congrats on your Pressage!!

  89. All i could say the whole way through was WOW!!!

  90. Your blog title caught my eye, once I click I was hooked by all these beautiful pictures. May I ask what camera do you use? Our family travels a lot too but I am a bit timid in sharing our pics but your blog just became my inspiration. I do wonder though if I should edit some of my pics before posting. I am a big Bon Jovi and love how creative you got with that song. 🙂

  91. That first batch of photos was great. I’m a geology dork, and so I was just impressed by the uniformity of rock (and in awed wonder of its prehistorical significance).

    But I was also rather impressed by the overall artfulness of some of the pictures; the vivid sky in one, the dark ominous shading in others… and of course the classic perspective shots.

    Very impressive photos.

    PS That last photo freaked me out a little at first; it looked like it had snowed! (wtf?) Then I looked closer, and I saw that it was just the visual effects on the photo… someone’s a fan of photoshop! And I know it’s photoshop, because I once saw a friend use that program to impressive, and similar, results.

  92. melspennies says:

    I enjoyed your blog and your pictures are amazing!

  93. siba sahu says:

    Amazing clicks !!

  94. Very nice pictures, I’m going through some decision crisis in life and this really makes me think I should drop everything and hit the roads, give myself a good trip and just enjoy nature the way it is. thanks for sharing these awesome photos!

  95. Living in the moment says:

    Your photos are amazing!!

  96. Thumbs up for these awesome photos!

  97. These photos are stunning! I love the crisp colors and your use of the curving lines — makes the photos breath-taking. Kudos!

  98. Sykes Bev says:

    Well done Sharon & Andrew. How lovely that your incredibly beautiful photos and interesting commentary are bringing so much pleasure to so many people. I know how they feel. These photos just blew me away too. Would love to have my walls here in Australia covered in them. At the very least they would make a wonderful calendar for people all over the world. I am very proud of you both. Lots of love Mum xx


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