We began hiking about 5:00 a.m. using our headlamps and packing in all our "photo gear". I made a MAJOR error - when I got done showering and pulled on my socks I realized I had pulled out an older pair...nothing wrong with that except they were a little thin. Well, there isn't anything wrong with it until you start rubbing a blister on your foot because the sock is so thin! I did OK after we stopped and I put on a blister band-aid, but it was going to be a lot more painful than it should have been! Won't make THAT mistake again (I hope!)
Anyway, we trudged along in the dark (it was actually pretty fun!) until we reached a picnic table just below the last climb up to the lighthouse. There we realized it was simply too much for us to attempt. 20 years ago it wasn't quite so strewn with boulders and rocks - don't get me wrong, it was a tough climb then, but with the erosion and changes we just couldn't make the climb (certainly not in the gray twilight of early dawn!) We took our first pictures of sunrise close to this rest area.
Disappointed we headed back down the trail to see if we could find a place to set up and get some more early light photos. As we walked back toward the trail head I turned around and got this shot of The Lighthouse and Castle Peak.
We found a wash and walked along the dry area managing to get a few nice shots.
After a short break we wandered down to the Sunflower Rest area. There was a valley area here, nice and flat! We wandered around this area enjoying the peace, quiet, and beauty of the trees.
It was getting later in the day and we knew we needed to find another spot for our evening shoot - so we headed "off trail" again. Close to the Fortress Cliff camp area Pepaw had spotted a small trail that lead around a bluff so off we went. We were so happy we went exploring! Just the other side of the bluff, after a short and fairly easy climb we saw some amazing formations - and what a view!!!
Did you notice the moon high above the formation?