We found a ranch to camp on through the website Hipcamp (basically the Airbnb of camping sites). Our host brought us fresh cut firewood and his dog kept us company through the night. Or rather, I kept her company by throwing her stick for her to retrieve about 1,000 times. Woke up and walked to this beautiful view. Camping has its flaws, but it also has its gems. Having a place like this basically to yourself? That’s the gem. Do you like to camp?
An impromptu vogue shoot. Despite only existing since the mid-1900s, the wild horses are, for better or worse, a part of the fabric of the island. Conservationists and the park service want to humanely remove them or control their population, but locals in neighboring areas have been against any measure that might lessen the draw of tourists. A fenced-in enclosure where a small number of them are cared for might be a reasonable solution, but a consensus is unlikely.
Another flashback to my guys trip to Moab, Utah a couple of years ago.
Despite Utah's size, it has 5 of our nation's national parks--and two of them are within a 10-minute drive of the tiny city of Moab. No fair.
This is lay of the land we saw as we drove into Arches National Park. At the right, you see a sandstone fin called the Organ. It's one of many otherworldly landmarks you encounter in this park.