Trevor Lockhart Photography: Blog en-us (C) Trevor Lockhart Photography (Trevor Lockhart Photography) Tue, 04 Aug 2015 23:24:00 GMT Tue, 04 Aug 2015 23:24:00 GMT Trevor Lockhart Photography: Blog 105 120 Oklahoma City and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Decided to head up to Oklahoma City for the day, and on a whim, decided to stop in Medicine Park and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge on the way back. Historic Route 66 runs through Oklahoma, so there are several neat finds, such as...

this cool wall:

and this milk bottle:

Just outside Medicine Park is Elmer Thomas Lake with a dam you can walk across and plenty of bouldering to be had!

Wild sunflowers!

And too many sunset pictures atop Mount Scott...


All in all, a great day. For more Oklahoma pictures, check out the Oklahoma album!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Bricktown Elmer Thomas Lake Mount Scott Oklahoma Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, hiking Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:40:04 GMT
Revisiting Oklahoma Two Years Later Two years ago, I visited (lived in?) Altus, Oklahoma for about four months. In that period of time, I explored the town and surroundings without managing to get bored. My final blog post, linked below, summarized some of my adventures and the good times I had with friends during that four month period.

Now I find myself back in Altus, only for about a month or so, but with the same longing to get out and see the sights. Motivated by my lack of interest in TV (although admittedly I spend more time than I should on the internet) and a desire to prove to the world that any place is simply what you make of it, I'm back at it. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure!

I'm happy to note that while two years ago, Altus was in a severe drought and the lake was extremely low, it is quite full to the brim this time! The picture on the left was taken in the spring of 2013, and the right in July of 2015.

Lake Luger Spring 2013 Lake Lugert Summer 2015Lake Lugert Summer 2015

You can see another one of the metal doors to the top of this thing was thrown inside... giving a better view of the inside (see below). Still not sure what it was used for.

Also, we used to hike through the valley in the picture below (the entire area covered in water) and sit up on the hillside around dusk, watching all the dear and other animals make their rounds. I guess they have to go swimming now!

Found this old gem... apparently an old state highway that is now... dirt.

Still no shortage of old, abandoned buildings... this one has a nice cob web in the window ;)

The small amusement park below sits right outside Altus, and while it looks pretty shady, I think it still runs! Maybe one of these days, I'll brave the rust and see how I fare.

And lastly, this guy sits at the Altus Airport...first time I've ever stopped though.

Overall, it's wicked hot here in Altus, but I can't complain about being able to visit Quartz Mountain again, especially to see the lake so full!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Altus Airport Lake Lugert Oklahoma Oklahoma City Quartz Mountain abandoned drought hiking Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:11:07 GMT
A Day in Cologne, Germany Lucky enough to have two days off in Germany, I rented a car, and traveled up to Cologne, Germany, the fourth largest city in Germany. Home to an incredible amount of museums and galleries, it also is home to the Calogne Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church originating in the 13th century. A couple side notes: 1) I wish I had my wide angle lens to get the entire church in one picture - it was massive! 2) You can see scaffolding in a few of the pictures - ever since construction began, more has been added and the old has been continuously upgraded/restored to maintain it.

The interior was equally as amazing as the exterior, with the incredible stained glass windows and enormously tall ceilings, rugs, pipe organs, and mosaics.

We were also able to hike up one of the towers - more than 500 ft tall. At the top were a pretty spectacular view of the city as well as seven very large bells!

Following the cathedral, I hiked across the Hohenzollern Bridge which is a train/pedestrian bridge crossing the Rhine River. It is covered in love padlocks...

Not a bad view from across the river!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) 13th Century Calogne Cathedral Calogne, Germany Roman Catholic Church Sun, 25 May 2014 20:00:00 GMT
Explorations Near Home - Chambers Bay and Stadium High School
Just a shell surviving the waters.

Looking back up at the Chambers Bay bridge and train track.

Remnants of an abandoned quarry.

Stadium High School in Tacoma - we all wish our high school was this cool.

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Chambers Bay Stadium High School beach quarry shell Tue, 20 May 2014 01:42:25 GMT
First Adventure of the Summer So I've done quite a terrible job of keeping up at this blog lately, but hopefully, that will change this summer. School ended on Friday for the summer and I decided not to take summer classes so that I could have time to enjoy the awesome Washington weather! Today I headed out to the southeast corner of Olympic National Forest. Just outside the forest is a pretty big logging operation, so there are roads (albeit rocky or dirt) everywhere.

First stop was the Vance Creek Viaduct. Built in 1929, it was part of the Simpson Railroad. It's been unused since the 1950's, but it still exists and is a fairly short hike to get to. Over 400 feet in length, and 347 feet high, it is one of the tallest railway arch bridges in the United States. If you're scared of heights, it's probably not the place for you, but you can walk the whole length and look down at the river hundreds of feet below you between the gaps in the boards.

Trying to get over my fears.

New adventure friends made! What is life if you don't share it with others?

I drove up the pothole-ridden road a ways further and never saw a car once. Stumbled upon an awesome lake called Spider Lake that just happened to have a trail around it about two miles long, so I hiked that, because, why not?

Perfect campsite.

Lots of these awesome little bridges.

There seemed to be endless roads that went in every direction, and my phone was no help since there was no service, but a few more looked promising. Winding my way up a random road, I ran into this guy (not literally). My first ever owl siting up close in the wild!

Decided to hike one more little trail that claimed to have beavers nearby. No such beavers, but lots of slugs and snakes! I don't do snakes, so I chose to keep hiking rather than stop and take their picture.

By this point in the day, it was getting late, so I started to head for home... Until I saw another sign for "High Steel Bridge." I had already been on one bridge today, and it felt really high, so naturally, I had to drive the three miles to this other high bridge. Sure enough, it was higher than the first. Much less scary, since you could drive on it, but with ridiculously good views and a waterfall!

Overall, a fantastic first day of summer-adventuring! Stay tuned for more.

Oh, and on a separate note, I've decided to start a new project. Started off by buying a 5 ft x 8 ft trailer for it... Pictures to follow soon.

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) High Steel Bridge Olympic National Forest Simpson Railroad Vance Creek Viaduct adventures hiking pacific northwest Sun, 11 May 2014 14:40:07 GMT
The Old Boneyard at Bishkek International, Kyrgyzstan At the Bishkek International Airport in Kyrgyzstan, there exists a small boneyard of abandoned relics from the Soviet era. They are guarded 24/7, but oftentimes the guard isn't paying attention and you can actually venture into some of the old planes that have unlocked or missing doors or broken windows. Oh, how I wish I could just take one of these planes...

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Bishkek International Airport Kyrgyzstan Manas Transit Center boneyard Sat, 08 Feb 2014 23:17:37 GMT
Constanta, Romania Coming home from my deployment, I was lucky enough to stop in Romania for about 5 days. We flew into the Mihail Kogalniceanu (M.K.) International Airport where we were also staying, but were able to take a taxi out into the city of Constanta, only about 25 kilometers away. The M.K. Air Base has been used in support of the recent wars, mainly as a hub to send troops into and out of Afghanistan. The city of Constanta is the oldest in Romania, founded around 600 B.C., and currently the fifth most populous in the country. Located right on the coast of the Black Sea, Constanta serves as a main shipping port, and is quite impressive. A few days before our arrival, a blizzard blew through, bringing lots of snow and freezing cold temperatures.

Landing on the snow packed/ice covered runway.

Impossible to show just how cold it was.

The Coast of the Black Sea.

National History and Archeology Museum (former City Hall).

Statue of Ovid in Ovid Square.

The Grand Mosque of Constanta (also known as the Carol I Mosque) - built in 1910.

St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral - probably the most beautiful church I have ever seen.

Inside of the church - no tripod, so this was the best I could do.

The abandoned Casino.

Ice capped rocks along the Black Sea.

The Old Town Center.

St. Mina Orthodox Church - one of the highest wooden churches in Romania.

This city has so much incredible architecture and history within it... you could explore here for days and never get bored. Unfortunately, many of the buildings have been shut down or abandoned in recent years. For more pictures of the city, check out the album here!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Black Sea Carol I Mosque Constanta Constanta Casino Grand Mosque of Constanta M.K. Mihail Kogalniceanu Ovid Ovid Square Romania St. Mina Orthodox Church St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral Sat, 08 Feb 2014 20:25:31 GMT
Mt. Rainier/Multnomah Falls Hiking! My parents came out to visit as well as my sister Michelle (at separate times). Did some hiking at Mt. Rainier with them as well as Multnomah Falls in Oregon with Michelle.

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Mt. Rainier Mt. Rainier National Park Multnomah Falls Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:04:04 GMT
A Day In Seattle Started off the day at the Pike Public Market. Classic tourist attraction.

Pike Public Market

Then we went to check out the fish ladder at the Chittendeden Locks. From above, you can see the steps, but not much fish. From below, they have windows that you can see the salmon through when they are spawning. Pretty neat.

Fish Ladder From Above    Fish Ladder From Below

Oh, and they have test tube salmon. Pretty fascinating!

Test Tube Salmon

Watch out for the bridge troll...

Seattle at Dusk.

Seattle at Dusk

Gas Works Park is a public park that is made from remnants of a coal gasification plant. It's pretty neat to wander around, not to mention you have a great view of Seattle!

Gas Works Park

Seattle at Night.

Seattle at Night

And then there was fire. Pretty spectacular to watch with the city in the background.

To check out more pictures, visit the Washington Album!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Chittenden Locks Gas Works Park Pike Public Market Seattle Washington fish ladder troll Fri, 27 Sep 2013 05:03:21 GMT
Roadtrip Day 23 - Coeur d'Alene, ID and the End Roadtrip Day 23: Georgetown Lake, MT - Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end. This was the last full day of the road trip. We ended up camping near Coeur d'Alene, ID. The following day, we finished driving to Spokane, Washington where I dropped my dad off at the airport. My car a mess from camping out of it the past 24 days, and myself a mess also from camping the past 24 days (minus 1 hotel in Salt Lake City) also, I checked into my training in Spokane.

Not before passing this beauty of a barn though!

And the trip wouldn't be complete without a picture of my 24 day beard.

I also kept track of how much I spent over the 24 days, and it totaled less than $1,500, $531 of which was spent on gas (Columbus, MS - Spokane, WA). Lodging costs for the 24 days totaled less than $300, which when split between multiple people, reduces down quickly. I tried to buy groceries and make my own meals rather than eat out as best I could, while at times not being afraid to splurge on a good meal or two. The 'fun' category of spending was also one I did not skimp on or worry about (horse/kayak rentals/antelope canyon tour/etc). But all this to say, if you don't mind camping (you can still shower at a lot of campgrounds) and being smart with your money, you can still have a ton of fun and get away with a great vacation for less money than you would likely spend at home during that time.

Thank you to Melissa and my dad joining me on my road trip and putting up with me... life is always better shared.

Now quit reading this and go on an adventure!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) roadtrip Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:57:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 22 - West Yellowstone, Ennis, Virginia City, Butte, & Georgetown Lake, MT Day 22: Yellowstone National Park, WY - Virginia City, Montana - 

Some last glimpses of Yellowstone National Park.

​Saw these two wandering along the bank looking for a place to cross.

Off they go... little one gets swept downstream.

Little one drowns... Okay, kidding.

Right outside the west entrance of Yellowstone is the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, which we stopped to explore for a bit.

We then passed through Ennis, Montana, hoping to be able to stop at the Winston Rod Company. Unfortunately, they had closed a half hour before we got there, but normally, you can watch them make custom fly fishing rods! Since that was closed, we headed down the street and stopped at Willie's Distillery instead and drank some good ole Montana Moonshine.

Virginia City, Montana is an old mining town and current ghost town.

I'm always fascinated by railroad cars that are just left to sit forever on the land.

Next up, we passed through Butte, Montana, where we checked out the Berkeley Pit. If you have not heard about the Berkeley Pit, you should google it. It's basically a former open pit copper mine, one mile by half-mile, and about 1800 feet deep that is slowly filling up with toxic water and poses a serious threat to the community.

After driving a little further, we decided to call it a day and find a place to camp. We settled on Georgetown Lake, a serene lake just off Highway 1 west of Butte. The campground was very empty, probably because we were traveling into a colder climate and it got quite chilly at night.

This last picture was actually shot at night, but was a long enough exposure that it appears to be day or dusk.

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Berkeley Pit Butte, Montana Ennis, Montana Georgetown Lake, Montana Virginia City, Montana West Yellowstone Willie's Distillery road trip Sun, 01 Sep 2013 17:57:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 21 - Yellowstone National Park, WY (Day 2) Day 21: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Day 2)

Drove the north loop today. First stop was Roaring Mountain, named for its numerous fumaroles.

First bear sighting! I'm glad he was a ways away.

Typical Yellowstone Roadblock.

The assortment of bacteria and geological features is quite fascinating, and is quite different from what the south loop offered.

Mammoth Hot Springs.

Canary Spring.

Travertine Terrace.

We drove out the north entrance to the park through the Roosevelt Arch. Wandered around Gardiner, Montana, went into some shops, and stopped for a good lunch.

Finishing up the loop, we came across some mountain goats, doing what they do best.

Last stop was the falls - I think we hiked to just about every viewpoint/lookout possible.

More pictures from Yellowstone Day 2 here!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Roosevelt Arch Wyoming Yellowstone National Park hiking national parks roadtrip Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:57:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 20 - Yellowstone National Park, WY Day 20: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Woke up to a nice crisp morning and one last exceptional view of the Tetons as they faded into little more than hills. Such beauty makes it hard to leave, but there are always more new sights up ahead.

Yellowstone National Park didn't let us down. With an endless array of colors and abundant wildlife, there was no shortage of things to take pictures of. After driving to the campground to find a site, we made a plan for the the next two days in Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park is an enormous park with one main Figure 8 shaped road. We decided to do the south loop the first day and the north loop the second day. The south loop includes the Norris, Old Faithful, West Thumb, Bridge Bay, and Canyon areas of the park.

Below is Whirligig Geyser, part of the Norris Geyser Basin. The orange and yellow oxide deposits combined with the lime-green Cyanidium algae make this one of the most colorful spots of the Norris Geyser Basin.

Clepsydra Geyser.

Below is the Grand Prismatic Spring, easily my favorite spot of the park. It is the largest hot spring in the United States and third largest in the world!

It was wonderful to have company on this road trip... the second half, I was accompanied by my dad, shown below.

Of course we had to stop by the Old Faithful Inn. Built in 1904, it claims to be the largest log cabin in the world... pretty amazing. And yes, we stayed and watched Old Faithful, but it's truly not as exciting as the rest of the park.

Below is the Churning Cauldron.

Sulfur Caldron.

Stopped by Hayden Valley around dusk. The valley floor was once a lake bed and is now a prime spot for viewing wildlife.

Who knew Yellowstone had its own Grand Canyon (literally called that..).

It was seriously an awesome day with endless arrays of sights, colors, and animals. It involved lots of walking/hiking and we were both quite tired by the end of the day, but it was well worth it.

More pictures of the day here!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Churning Caldron Clepsydra Geyser Grand Prismatic Spring Grand Teton National Park Hayden Valley Norris Geyser Basin Old Faithful Inn Sulfur Caldron Whirligig Geyser Yellowstone National Park hiking national parks roadtrip Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:57:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 16-18 - Grand Teton National Park, WY Day 16-18: Canyonlands National Park, Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Unfortunately after a little more than two weeks of awesome hikes, adventure, and camping, we arrived in Salt Lake City where I had to drop Melissa off at the airport. She was one of the best road trip companions I could ever ask for and I'm glad that she agreed to put up with me for as long as she did. Despite never ceasing to give me a hard time (okay, I probably deserved it), I learned a lot from her about road tripping and life in general.

Melissa summed it up nicely: "After two weeks of camping, I'm shell shocked by the number of people... it was great waking up at sunrise, eating breakfast, hiking and exploring until dark-time, making dinner on a campfire and sleeping until sun-time.... Light guided our days and activities. Photographing the wonders of four great states takes work - constant work! A couple days we tried for sunrise, sunset, and stars! At times I had to remember to take in the sites, smells, and sun "now" instead of trying to capture it with pictures. Some tourists are so trigger happy they forget the now! ...They try to capture what they see instead of enjoying real images, pictures cannot come close to capturing."

After dropping Melissa off at the airport, I checked into the Holiday Inn where I had a free nights stay (due to living there for 3 months in Oklahoma). It was great getting to take a thorough shower as well as do two weeks worth of laundry. Later that night, I headed back to the airport and picked my dad up at the same airport I had dropped Melissa off. This was the only night we stayed at a hotel the entire month-long road trip, and honestly, I didn't sleep that great on the bed since I had been used to my sleeping bag on the ground. Excited for the next two weeks of road tripping with my dad though!!

There were a ton of these beautiful birds just hanging out in the fields.

This was also the point in the trip where we finally went from desert dry climates to trees, forests, and moisture-filled climates! It was a refreshing change!

We decide to pass by Bear Lake and take Route 89 up north, following the Snake River. Unfortunately I got stopped in Alpine, Wyoming for going 7 miles an hour over the speed limit and got a speeding ticket. Needless to say, I'm not a fan of Alpine, Wyoming anymore.

Rather than getting to Teton National Park late and not getting a campsite, we decided to spend the night at East Table Creek Campground along the Snake River. Caught several trout out of the river and ate them for dinner! We were one of the only people in the entire campground, so it was quite peaceful.

The next day, we woke up, and drove to Teton National Park! First up close glimpse of the Tetons:

Spent most of the first day doing more fishing and enjoying the park, so I didn't take many pictures besides a couple with my iPhone. Caught several trout though, the biggest of course my dad caught. Lots of little marmots running around too! My dad might have yelled "baby beaver!" the first time we saw one. And I might have believed him.

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Alpine Bear Lake East Table Creek Campground Grand Teton National Park Snake River Wyoming fishing hiking marmot national parks roadtrip trout Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:57:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 15 - Canyonlands National Park, UT Day 15: Arches National Park, Utah - Canyonlands National Park, Utah

"We escaped the swarms of tourists in Arches to the spread out, open fields of Canyonlands. The Green River and Colorado meet here, deeply carving below shelves of mesas. We hiked Lathrop Trail, wanting to hike to the river but unable to dedicate 20 miles in 100 degree Fahrenheit heat. The grasslands were full of flowers - purple, yellow, red, and the largest dandelion ever! We stayed above the White Rim Trail, since walking into a canyon didn't sound very motivating! We normally hike up a mountain, and return tired downhill. Descending into a canyon (6,000' to 4,000'), you don't realize how tired you are until you turn back. We found a window and rock shelf. We climbed up squeezing between the small space into the window..."

Melissa fit much better than I did...

As evening approached, we got to enjoy some awesome light through the clouds, as well as some slightly stormy weather.

More pictures from Canyonlands and from the road trip!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Canyonlands National Park Utah hiking national parks roadtrip Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:57:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 14 - Arches National Park, UT (Day 2) Roadtrip Day 14: Arches National Park, Utah (Day 2)

"Hiked an eight mile 'strenuous' trail to several arches - Landscape, Double-O, Dark Angel, Navajo, Pine, Hidden, and Private Arches. Tourists loomed like mosquitoes on a stagnant pond - cameras clicking every shot as fast as possible. To avoid people, we took the 'primitive' trail back to the trailhead. Cairns marked the way across slick rock and sand. It was a hot, 97 degrees Fahrenheit day! Lizards scampered in the heat - dragging like we were, slowly avoiding hikers."

Melissa writes, "We needed food, so we ventured into Moab to find a market... ice cream was earned; we splurged for Kroger special - $1/quart! We walked around downtown Moab and ate at Moab Brewery. My pesto chicken wrap was amazing and brewed root beer had authentic R.B. flavor! Trevor decided to buy a t-shirt. After finding one, he asked the lady if he could try it on. She looks at him, scrubby from two weeks of camping, and asks 'Is that shirt clean?' Not holding back, knowing we haven't showered in days, I start laughing. Trevor also gets a hat (shirt/hat special). He asks if he can try on a hat, and the lady again asks, 'Is your hair clean?' Now his shirt might have been clean, but his hair isn't! 'No' I said, again laughing."

Needless to say, Melissa does not have my back when it comes to defending my cleanliness after two weeks of camping. I did end up buying the ones I tried on, but the lady was glad we left...

Sci found a new friend!

Heading back to our campsite, some weather rolled in and resulted in a brilliant orange glow on the mountains.

Sci was enjoying it as well.

Before we ended the evening, I convinced Melissa to join me for some night photography amongst the arches! It was a very dark night, which proved difficult.

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Arches National Park Utah hiking national parks roadtrip Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:32:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 13 - Arches National Park, UT Roadtrip Day 13: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Arches National Park, Utah

Melissa was kind enough to share her notes with me. She writes, "22 minute teardown, ready to go in the car! 5 AM came quick, but we were motivated to get a good sunrise picture and see the morning light on hoodoos. Sunrise Point was full of pushy tourists who had the exact same picture in mind. We hiked a short way down the hoodoos to get away."

Melissa was probably the most efficient camper to bring along on the trip. She probably beat me getting ready almost every day and always ended up waiting on me. I was impressed.

I had to get some hoodoo pictures with my hoodoo beer.

Melissa is pretty awesome and brought hot chocolate on our morning hike! Can't really think of a better way to spend a sunrise.

After leaving Bryce Canyon, we drove through this unexpected beauty. Can't even remember what the name of the forest was, but sometimes, you get caught off guard by God's beauty, even when you aren't looking for it.

Melissa writes, "The road out of Bryce to Canyonlands and Arches is scenic Highway 12. It amazes me the variety of geology... Escalante Valley's landscape changed from farms to rolling mountains to green hills of alder. Elk grazed amongst the aspen trees. Capitol Reef National Park is beautiful - meadows and streams."  [Side note: it was me (Trevor) who scared the elk away.]

"After the orchard town of Fruita, a historic orchard, the meadows of green turned into a meadow of gray upon moon hills and moon rocks. Lunar Mesa overwhelmed us; such a diversified landscape in a short distance."

It was exactly what I imagine the moon looking like. Completely desolate, grey soil. Maybe it was processed poop or something, not really sure. It was nice and soft though so we practiced some handstands.

Continuing on, Sci (my car) was enjoying the flatness of Highway 24 compared to the hills of Highway 12 so much that before we knew it, there were flashing lights in the rearview mirror. Melissa, without hesitating, asks if she should take a video (I had been asking her to video at various times as we drove through scenic areas). I told her absolutely not, but she kindly continued to laugh hysterically as the officer approached. We prayed to not get a ticket for speeding 80 MPH in a 65 zone. Warning only! Thanks, kind Utah police officer.

Made it into Moab! "A quirky town filled with tourists and adventure. I like it! A camping spot is always the first priority. Arches was booked so we camped at Granstaff BLM Campground. Located along the Green River and surrounded by the red cliffs, it makes an awesome camp spot! The Green River is slow and monotonous, like the flowing of the Yukon, but not as wide."

Arches! The World's largest arch concentration, consisting of 75,000 acres and over 2,000 arches.

More petroglyphs!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:32:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 12 - Bryce Canyon National Park, UT (Day 2) Roadtrip Day 12: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (Day 2)

The first day we did the Queens Garden/Peek-A-Boo loop trail, so today we decided to hike around the less popular side, the Fairyland Loop trail.

I might have a thing for dead trees...

The layers are pretty amazing.

Taking a break!

Hiking out, someone told us we should hike the Navajo Trail to see the famous tree. It was definitely the most crowded trail, but also the shortest. This tree was probably the hardest thing I've ever tried to photograph just because of the enormity of it as well as the bright sky contrasted with the dark canyon.

Alas, I gave in and bought some hoodoo beer. When in hoodoo-land, you gotta drink hoodoo beer!

I definitely plan on returning to this place. I think it would be especially beautiful in the winter time with snow on the ground. Hopefully I shall return soon!

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Bryce Canyon National Park Utah hiking national parks roadtrip Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:32:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 11 - Bryce Canyon National Park, UT Roadtrip Day 11: Zion National Park, Utah - Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

So, admittedly, I left my notebook with all my notes at home (I am writing this from across the world), so I'll see what I can remember.

Saw this cute little guy leaving Zion National Park... he was kind enough to pose for a picture.

One of the first views of Bryce Canyon National Park. This place is absolutely incredible. It is made up of endless hoodoos, columns of weathered rock.

We decided to hike the Queens Garden/Peek-A-Boo Loops the afternoon we arrived, an approximately 5.5 mile figure 8 hike through the more popular of the two  amphitheaters in Bryce Canyon.

Standing above the canyon wall, you don't realize how big some of the hoodoos are. When you get to hiking down below, the beauty gets even better.

Had to get our picture with our awesome sunglasses and tan lines. Oh, and the hoodoos.

Shot from Powell Point.

We decided to hike down a ways at night to attempt some night photography. The picture below was a 10 minute exposure.

This place is amazing. How God could create such a vast diversity of amazing sights is beyond me.

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Bryce Canyon National Park Utah hiking national parks roadtrip Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:32:00 GMT
Roadtrip Day 10 - Zion Canyon National Park (Day 2) Roadtrip Day 10: Zion Canyon National Park, Utah

Endless amounts of hiking in Zion National Park to be done. We had wanted to and even contemplated doing The Narrows hike, but didn't feel adequately prepared with equipment (the majority of the hiking is in the water). We found lots of other equally amazing hikes to do though.

Melissa likes to hike anything hikable. She doesn't mind the heights like I do... I'm working on it though.

This hike had a particularly narrow trail carved into the edge of the cliff.

This was definitely one of my favorite places of the trip.

(Trevor Lockhart Photography) Utah Zion Canyon National Park hiking national parks roadtrip Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:32:00 GMT