Before I set off on my North Atlantic trip last year, I entered some prints and digital images in the Australian Photographic Society Interstate Competition. To my great surprise, when I returned I found I had been awarded overall best image and won a Photographic trip for two to New York, sponsored by UDesign Photo Tours. I swapped that (with some adjustment) for Southwest Canyonlands and at time of writing I am about to leave with my partner Jools (or Julie). This is the image that won me the trip:
Michael Hardy at Canberra Blues Society Xmas Party, 2011
Here is the itinerary:
19 October Fly from Canberra to Las Vegas, Nevada.
20 October Helicopter ride over Hoover Dam, Colorado River and Grand Canyon West. Back to Las Vegas. Neon Graveyard Museum at night.
21 October Zion National Park (staying at Springdale, Utah).
22 October Zion National Park
23 October Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park (staying at Tropic, Utah).
24 October Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park (staying in Torrey, Utah or Hanksville, Utah).
25 October Factory Butte to Arches National Park (staying in Moab, Utah).
26 October Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park.
27 October From Moab via Newspaper Rock petroglyph site to Monument Valley (staying in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park).
28 October Monument Valley to Page Arizona.
29 October Horseshoe Bend and Canyon-X. (Jools leaves for a conference in Orlando, Florida)
30 October Page Arizona to South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
31 October Grand Canyon National Park.
1 November Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff Arizona. I pick up rental car from airport and drive to Phoenix Arizona via Sedona.
2 November Fly Phoenix Arizona to New Orleans (and meet up with Jools at the airport)
2 November to 12 November New Orleans
12 November Return flight to Canberra, arriving 14 November due to time zone curiosities.
Here is the canyonlands route, from Las Vegas to Phoenix (click for larger size)
According to my usual method, I will make some temporary posts during the trip, probably images only.
Then, when I return I will have to finish processing images from Narooma Blues Festival. I then expect to complete posts for Lofoten Islands, Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland before making the final posts for this trip.