The Western Expanse – Winter Glories in the Western United States

Exploring the Winter Glories of the West on an Epic 5,600 Mile Road Trip

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Late this past winter, I had the opportunity to embark on a rather epic road trip from Jacksonville, FL to Scottsdale, AZ and then back again.  Not wanting to waste a winter trip so close (relatively speaking) to some amazing national parks and scenic areas, I decided to take an extra two days on the return drive to see if I couldn’t find something a bit less monotonous than the 2,500 miles of I-10 I drove on the way out.  I wasn’t disappointed.  At times, it was as if every turn presented another vista of winter glories to behold!

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So, where did I go to find all these “winter glories”, you ask?  Well, I started off at the Grand Canyon (photos in the gallery below) and spent an afternoon and evening exploring and photographing the snow-spattered canyon’s southern rim.  From there I toured the slot canyon of Lower Antelope Canyon (top) and it’s flowing red sandstone formations.  Later that day, I stumbled upon a sign for Monument Valley and opted to take the detour.  It proved to be a perfect diversion, with the sun setting between two layers of clouds and lighting the entire sky and the eerie formations on fire for a glorious, though fleeting moment.  Early the next morning, I attempted to check out the winter glories of Canyonlands, but upon discovering the road from Moab to the park was dirt and wound through a steep mountain pass, I opted to return to Arches National Park for a sunrise that would be less likely to ruin the car I was photographing for AVIS.   Talk about winter glories!  The sunrise over the snow-capped mountain range provided a stunning backdrop to the other-worldly formations found in Arches, like the scene above.

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My last stop was the fabled Rim Rock Drive, a scenic extravaganza of a drive up to the top of Colorado National Monument.  With the latitude and altitude increasing, this is where I saw the most snow, but even still I had been hoping for considerably more snow for this “winter glories” trip.  Yet, I have to say, even without quite as much of a winter landscape, the scenery certainly didn’t disappoint.  I even stumbled upon the remains of the old Vulcan Mine (and discovered it’s fascinating and tragic story) as I drove through New Castle, CO.

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The Western Expanse – Winter Glories in the Western United States

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Our Drop-Top Chariot on the Roads Out West

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While out west, we had the pleasure of receiving a very special upgrade from the folks at Hertz – the perfect vehicle for our Autumn in the National Parks Adventure.  Over the course of ten days, we drove this 2015 Mustang V6 Convertible some 3,000 miles, from hot arid desert (above) to snowy mountain passes (bel0w), from 10,000 foot mountains to endless prairie, from densely populated cities to long stretches of lonely back roads – we even manged to become part of a buffalo herd in Yellowstone!  Needless to say, we got to know the car pretty well.

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So, what’s it like compared to other Mustang variants we’ve driven (we’ve now driven the V6, the Ecoboost inline 4, the V8 GT, and the Fisker-Galpin Rocket versions of the car)?  This year, we’ve logged some 4,000 miles in these cars and I have to say, we’ve been impressed across the whole spectrum.  Unlike the Ecoboost Mustang we shot in California, our V6 Mustang wasn’t a premium edition – meaning no heated or cooled seats, no big touch screen, no sporty toggle buttons, no leather…  But to be honest, apart from the odd occasion, it was rare that we missed those upgrades.  The V6 engine, the base offering for the Mustang, seemed to perform about on par with the turbocharged four cylinder EcoBoost engine, though I will say the V6 sounded quite a bit more throaty than it’s more expensive inline-4 brother.  But, while performance wasn’t notably different, fuel economy was – with the V6 eking out 28.6 MPG on our mostly 65MPH route.  The Ecoboost under similar conditions was returning closer to 34 MPG.  But, in the grand scheme of things, getting almost 20 MPG from a 300 HP sports car isn’t too shabby, even for today’s standards.

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All in all, the V6 was a pleasant surprise.  Even with the convertible, there was just enough room for one quite large checked suitcase, a carry-on suitcase, a camera bag, and all the fixins’.  And speaking of the convertible, it was a true joy to be able to have the top down as we explored the amazing natural wonders of the parks.  Of course, going from park to park at highway speeds, we kept the top up and found that the road noise, though elevated from the coupe, wasn’t overly loud or distracting.  So, you might ask, would I buy a Mustang?  You bet I would – we’re actually planning to down the road- but which one would I buy?  That’s a harder question – a harder question than I thought it would be…

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Our Drop-Top Chariot on the Roads Out West

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Autumn in the National Parks – The Roads Between

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Having wrapped up our individual posts on the national parks, I wanted to turn to the roads between – some 2,500 miles of them – that we explored as we went from park to park.  There’s no question in my mind that our national parks contain some of the most beautiful, unique and picturesque places in our country, and yet they do not hold a monopoly on natural beauty.  From the geological wonders like Horseshoe Bend (above), to the stunning wildlife along the way, like this pair of bald eagles (below) outside of Ft. Collins, CO – beauty abounds.

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Having spent so much time on the road over the course of our trip, we got to see a lot of the country.  From plains and mountains, cities and wilderness, modern wind farms and ancient settlements – the manifold glories of creation made the long hours on the road well worth it.  On our first day of travel from Denver to Yellowstone, for example, we encountered the pair of bald eagles, not one but two stunning mountain rainbows, massive wind farms, a stunning canyon road, the massive Wild Bill Dam, and our first view of snow-capped mountains.   Our last day on the road was equally thrilling, with the autumn colors of the Colorado Mountains shimmering golden yellow as we made our way from Mesa Verde back to Denver.  As sunset approached, we happened upon the scene below, with a grove of glowing aspens reflected in the calm waters of a pristine pond.  It was truly a glorious end to a breathtaking trip!

Deremer Studios Fine Art Photography - Out West

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Autumn in the National Parks – The Roads Between

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Calendar Time – September HD Desktop Wallpaper!

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Can you believe it’s almost September?  We have posted 5 different 1080P HD wallpapers for your autumn enjoyment.  This month features the autumn mountains of Colorado, the US Capital Building at night, Sunset on the St Johns River, an old-school Arby’s and finally, one of my favorite shots from this year’s Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance – a trio of Ford GT40 racers in Gulf livery!  If you want more automotive-themed desktop wallpaper, be sure to check out our Automotive section!

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