"i've got some bad news..."
This entry starts off with a story...
Writing this journal entry about our trip to Utah is hard to do. I haven’t talked much about this trip and everything that transpired after our return back to Atlanta… But, it’s time.
Join the Adventure is my passion. My main goal in life is to be successful doing work that I am passionate about, and I am working toward attaining that goal every day. I wake up every day and go to work so I can earn enough money to fund these film projects. The Belize project was cool, but I knew it wasn’t the BEST that I could do. In November of last year, I was able to save enough money to put together another trip… Utah was going to be IT! I had more experience, a new story, better camera equipment, and a great team. We took the 4-hour plane ride, captured some amazing footage, and came back to Atlanta confident that this project would be the one that would solidify funding. But, after the New Year that would all change…
One night Tré (my Co-Director and DP) asked me to come to his house. “I’ve got some bad news...”, said Tré. The solid-state drive that Utah was stored on, was damaged. And all of our footage? GONE.
We sought the services of three data recovery companies, with no luck. Only 10% of the footage could be recovered—not what I wanted to hear at all.
Oddly enough, I was upset only for a brief moment. Things happen. We all make mistakes—ours, not having that footage backed up. However, we learn from the losses that we take in life. We have to take our L’s in stride so we can move forward and be better. And that’s what I did. When I got the news, I immediately started planning the next adventure. How can we make this up? How can we make the next project bigger and better? I didn’t know it at the time, but I would soon be exploring Iceland—filming the next installment of Join the Adventure.
Despite the devastating loss of our Utah footage, I still have amazing photos from the trip worth sharing.
weather & canyons.
Southern Utah—apart of the Colorado Plateau—is an area rich in canyons. These amazing landforms are deep gorges and cliffs resulting from weather and erosive activity. To understand this definition, we need to know more about weathering and erosion, and how these forces work together.
Weathering is the breakdown of Earth’s surface by forces such as rain and wind. Erosion refers to the movement of weathered materials by forces such as wind and moving water. No rock on Earth’s surface is hard enough to resist weathering. These forces are what shapes our planet’s surface overtime.
We started by visiting Capitol Reef National Park, located in Wayne County Utah. This park is a warp in the Earth’s Crust that is about 65 million years old. This warp was formed by collisions with the Rocky Mountains, and has weathered and eroded over millennia to expose layers of rock and fossils. Erosion of the rock layers continue, forming the cliffs, domes, and canyons that we see in the park today.
our footage may be gone, but we still have memories made and experience gained.
Next, we made our way to Bryce Canyon National Park, another geologic wonder about an hour away from Escalante.
Though this park was not formed by flowing water; water is still the active ingredient in its creation. Bryce Canyon was primarily formed by “frost wedging” and chemical weathering—the same mechanism that forms pot holes in roadways. For 200 days a year the temperature goes above and below freezing every day. During the day, melt water seeps into fractures only to freeze at night. Ice exerts a tremendous amount of force and over time this "frost-wedging" shatters and pries rock apart forming the peaks and spires we see in the park today.
bryce at sunset—love.
Our last stop on our tour of Southern Utah was Zion National Park, located near Springdale Utah. We would spend three days exploring the park.
The rock layers in Zion have been uplifted, tilted, and eroded, forming a feature called the Grand Staircase-- a series of colorful cliffs stretching between Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Uplift gave the streams in Zion National Park greater cutting force. Zion’s location on the western edge of this uplift caused the streams to tumble off the plateau, flowing rapidly down a steep gradient. A fast-moving stream carries more sediment and larger boulders than a slow-moving river. These streams began eroding and cutting into the rock layers, forming the deep and narrow canyons that we see today.
Angels Landing is one of the most famous hikes in the world, and rightly so—this hike is NO JOKE! Hiking 5 miles through steep switch backs and 1,000 feet drop offs was probably one of the most physically and mentally challenging things I’ve ever done. But, the feeling of accomplishment once we reached the top made it all worth it.