March 19, 2017

The blue landscape.




Zabriskie Point, March 6th.


khesanh0802 said...

#2 looks a little like a Georgia O'Keefe. I'll bet you can Photoshop those people out of there.

America's Politico said...

Professor: Did you and Meade plan every step of the trip before you left Madison? Any travel tips you both have for us newbies to national parks? Thanks!

Ann Althouse said...

"I'll bet you can Photoshop those people out of there."

I have other similar views without people. I liked the positioning of the people in these. Reminded me of drawings in "The Little Prince" with a figure or 2 on a small asteroid.

Hagar said...

If you go to any of the famous national parks, make reservations a long time ahead (like a year?) before you plan to go. Not only in the parks, but also in the towns most likely a days drive from the parks.

Ann Althouse said...

Nice to see you again, America's Politico.

Maybe I should do a post: How to Road Trip Like Meade and Althouse.

It was a subtle mix of planning and not planning.

1. Don't plan until you can see what the weather is going to be.

2. Try to escape the worst of the home-base weather into the best weather somewhere else.

3. If you go to a National Parks where there is lodging inside the park, try to stay there, but you don't have to plan so far ahead that it interferes with points 1 and 2.

4. Even if it looks like you waited too long to get a reservation, don't trust the website. Make a phone call. You may get to someone who'll help you get what looked impossible. And even with no reservation, you might find that if you walk in on the same day, somebody else just canceled. That's how we got to stay at the lodge in Bryce Canyon National Park. Waltzing in at 3 p.m. and without even unloading the car, we were also able to walk from the lodge onto the fabulous Navajo trail and get in a 6 mile hike before sundown.

5. If the weather gets bad, get off the road. And don't be afraid to stay at whatever motel is at the next exit. We were 4 hours from home in the early evening as the snow hit, and we spend a good night in a Days Inn, and counted 28 wrecked cars in the next 100 miles we drove in the morning.

Ann Althouse said...

"If you go to any of the famous national parks, make reservations a long time ahead (like a year?) before you plan to go."

Or go off season, like we did. We got better weather too.

Ann Althouse said...

Which national parks are the "famous" ones?

grackle said...

You might want to consider Big Bend for a future trip. I’ve been there twice and had a great time. It is one of the wildest landscapes I’ve ever experienced.

veni vidi vici said...

These photos are best viewed to the accompaniment of "This Blue Hour" by Vanessa Daou.

Todd Galle said...

I don't know about overly planning Hagar. We took our two kids, then aged 16 and 12 across the country and back with one hotel reservation, in LA. Took 3 weeks starting in Pa, across the top tier, down through CA and back out the southern route. Broke down in the Painted Desert, but got fixed up by some nice folks on RT 66. We had one problem with hotels, that was leaving the western end of Yellowstone where there were none after leaving the park area. We doubled back and got a room at some hotel, I forget which, most expensive of the trip (outside of LA). Great freedom with nowhere to go, and if the kids saw something or place that they thought interesting, we stopped. Kept a cooler in the back for picnic lunches, and only ate dinner at one fast food place, on Father's Day, in a small town with all local places already booked.