If you were to ask someone that has never been to the USA to conjure up an image of the country, you'd probably get a varied set of responses. Some people picture the big cities in the Northeast like New York & Boston. Others picture the Whitehouse in D.C or the beaches of California & Florida. For me, one of the visions I had of the USA was of the Southwest – Canyons, Indians, Desert, and driving on wide, open roads in an old 70's convertible.
Since moving to Oklahoma, we've moved a little closer to that region of the country and after reading numerous other photographers adventures into this area of the country and seeing all of those amazing photos, Michelle & I decided to take a 1.5 week holiday to go and see this part of the country.
The only thing different to my imaginary vision of this trip was that a) I didn't have a convertible car. Instead I had our trusty little gas-sipper Honda Fit and b) I wasn't wearing a cowboy hat or boots for the ride.
So it was on a cloudy, very windy day on April 2nd that I set off from Oklahoma City to Arizona & Utah (I had 2 days head start before meeting Michelle on April 5th for the Grand Canyon). I had high hopes of seeing more things than we eventually did, but once we arrived there it was soon apparent that there was no way 1 day in any one place was enough time to look at some really amazing scenery.
These photos are some of my favourite. April 3rd - Canyon De Chelly National Monument / Holbrook April 4th - Painted Desert & Petrified Forest / Meteor Crater April 5th - Grand Canyon April 6th - Grand Canyon April 7th - Page / Antelope Slot Canyon April 8th - Monument Valley April 9th - Drive onto Utah.