Road Trip

Road trips are a part of Objktv's DNA. They fill us up when our creative tanks are running on empty. They also give us a chance to scratch our wanderlust itch while clearing our minds by literally taking the scenic route.

We recently got the chance to spend a few days road tripping down highway 50 (America's loneliest road) from SF to Denver. Time was limited, but we decided to prioritize visiting national parks that we haven't explored much of yet.

First on the list was Great Basin in Nevada. It's one of the least visited national parks in the US, surrounding a 13,000' mountain in the middle of nowhere. Sadly we rolled in close to sunset and didn't get a chance to see much while we were there, as a snow storm had closed down most of the park. Also, it turns out that Nevada can be really damn cold in November. So we cuddled our whiskey close around the fire that night.

Great Basin is a certified Dark Sky Site. It's not hard to walk away with awesome milky way shots like this.

Great Basin is a certified Dark Sky Site. It's not hard to walk away with awesome milky way shots like this.

The next day took us to the heart of central Utah, one of the most beautiful states in the country. Capitol Reef is a playground of gorgeously colored cliffs, winding canyons and towering arches.  

Painted cliffs, Capitol Reef, Utah
Desert juniper landscape Capitol Reef, Utah
Colorful cliffs and canyons

Colorful cliffs and canyons

Big horn sheep

Big horn sheep

Capitol Reef is just one of what seems like a dozen national parks in Utah. It's maybe not as well known as Zion, Bryce Canyon or Arches, but it takes no back seat in terms of beauty.  We only got to sample a taste of what the park has to offer, as we only had time for 1 night of camping. But we couldn't have gotten luckier with our amazing campsite:

Camping at the foot of the Temple of the Sun and Moon, Capitol Reef, Utah. One of the calmest and quietest night of camping we've ever experienced. We had this all to ourselves.

Camping at the foot of the Temple of the Sun and Moon, Capitol Reef, Utah. One of the calmest and quietest night of camping we've ever experienced. We had this all to ourselves.

Capitol Reef is also a designated Dark Sky Site :D

Capitol Reef is also a designated Dark Sky Site :D

Photographing the Temple of the Sun and Moon at sunrise (the sun was playing hard to get that morning)

Photographing the Temple of the Sun and Moon at sunrise (the sun was playing hard to get that morning)

Jason admiring the temples

Jason admiring the temples

Road trips present a perfect opportunity to shoot some great portfolio spec work. We've been aggressively adding to our automotive book. Here are a few shots we we're really happy to pick up while on the road:

We still had hundreds of miles of road to cover to complete our roadtrip. So we sadly said our farewells to Capitol Reef and struck out off to our final park: Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Morning fog clears over the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Morning fog clears over the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Home to Colorado's tallest cliff, the canyon is over 2000ft deep with beautiful volcanic fissures of crystal crisscrossing the face of the canyon wall. The sun never came out enough to make for really great photos, but this canyon was impressive all the same.

It's a double edge sword stuffing so many great sights into a very short 4 day road trip. While we're extremely grateful to get to see some parts of the country we've never seen before we can't help but be greedy and want to spend weeks hiking and exploring the amazing parks we visited (Capitol Reef requires repeat exploring). Not to mention all the small moments in between that we simply had to drive past without stopping, just to make up time.

But the road's not going anywhere. We'll be back again soon.

 

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