Balanced Rock Dusk

Balanced Rock in Arches National Park is a classic monument in the American Southwest. Arches National Park is on a plateau outside of Moab, Utah. The drive up to Arches from Moab is a series of steep switch backs. Balanced Rock is one of the few prominent features visible from the road. The most famous sight in Arches NP is Delicate Arch, but that is a nearly a 1.5 mile hike to get to the base.

Balanced Rock Dusk
Balanced Rock Dusk

But as they say, “All good things much end” and in this case end with a crash. Balanced rock is only balanced for now, eventually it will crumble and fall. It might be tomorrow and it might be a thousand years, but eventually it will fall. Considering it is 128 feet tall that top rock is coming down with a bang.

Yes, 128 feet tall. If you have never seen Balanced Rock in person the size is hard to guess. Even driving up to it you don’t get the true sense of scale until you park the car and walk up to it. Then you realize you are dwarfed by it. Better hope you brought your wide angle lens!

This particular day I did have my wide angle lens with me, my trusty Nikon 10-24mm  lens paired with my D7100. I almost stayed back at the hotel this particular evening. It was one of those nights where I just wanted to roll over and go to sleep. But luckily I dragged myself out of bed and went. The sunset was a real burner. In retrospect I might have planned out this trip with a bit too much travel. I visited the big 5 (only drove through Capitol Reef NP) plus Page, AZ all in a week plus a couple days. So when I laid down during the harsh daylight hours it was tough to get back up. I had set myself a very demanding schedule.

Speaking of all good things ending, I recently sold my Nikon 10-24mm along with the rest of my DX lenses and purchased a full frame Nikon camera. So now I have the D800 and Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens. Now I have to revisit all the places I’ve been and take everything with the new camera! GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is a tough disease. I have to admit, I am known to fall ill from time to time. My next big trip is likely to Iceland, but I hope and pray that I make it back to Balanced Rock before it crumbles into dust.

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