This July, I went hiking in Arches National Park of Moab, Utah. I wasn't sure what to expect as I entered the park, but was quickly blown away by the beauty of the rock structures that have been sculpted and formed over years of geological change.
This particular day in July was exceptionally busy for the park. I trekked along the beaten path toward Landscape Arch and Double O Arch, with European tourists directly ahead and behind me all around. I yearned for that moment when I could just enjoy the landscape on my own.
It didn't take long for that moment to appear. When the trail indicated "primitive path; caution difficult hiking ahead" one direction and the main trail leading the opposite, I quickly opted for the primitive path. I wasn't disappointed to find no one on this trail, even though it added an additional couple hours to my hike in the heat of the day.
I snapped this photo when I took a break in the shade of the one of the towering boulders. I felt somewhat like this tree: dry from the heat and dead to the world in the moment as I gazed at the beauty of the desert on the unbeaten path.