New Mexico-Utah-Arizona, September 2016
Traveling with my friend Rush Dudley we headed northwest from Albuquerque stopping first at Angel Peak, a BLM campground in an area of banded bandland formations and rugged terrain. We arrived in Moab on a Sunday afternoon, picking up provisions before heading into Arches National Park. For four days we camped at the Devils Garden Campground, hiking around the arches and rock formations during the day and photographing the stars at night. We got clouded out the last two nights then headed to Monument Valley in Arizona. A strong wind greeted us in the region and we managed to set up the tent at The View campground in the gale amid the blowing red sand. Even over the glare of The View hotel lights one of the brightest Milky Way shone overhead. After the overnight wind and thunderstorms we escaped to Flagstaff and two nights of civilization in a hotel. I gave a night sky photography workshop at the Flagstaff Star Party, stayed for the final night of telescope observing and then we headed out early Sunday to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. I did an afternoon talk and evening workshop there as part of their Night Sky Festival and we were given one of the vacant ranger houses to stay in. We returned to Albuquerque the next day to try and clean out the red sand from our belongings.