Alstrom Point is a remote location, 25 miles off the highway which you can reach very easily if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and IF the ground is dry. I had traveled here back in 2013, and turned around before sunset because I was afraid of being out there all alone after dark. This time, after traveling alone for two months, I decided to drive out and spend the night so that I could capture sunset and sunrise. The clouds were beautiful all day, high, puffy white banks of rolling wisps, which soon turned into dark threatening thunderheads close to sunset. I belatedly checked the weather, and started to panic a little when I saw that the forecast was for thunder and lightning all night long. Not a good thing when you’ve driven on dry clay which would turn into tire sucking gorilla glue if it got wet. Plus, the area could potentially flood.
After a very unsettling, practically sleepless night of constant thunder, lightning, torrential rain and gusts of wind which made me think that Ruby, my Jeep Rubicon, and I might just slide right off the side of the cliff into Lake Powell, I finally woke up at 430am, peeked out the window of my penthouse and saw this surreal landscape outside, illuminated by the almost full moon which was floating behind clouds racing across the sky. Stars were twinkling through here and there, so I crawled out of my warm cocoon and set up my tripod.
We sat and watched the light changing, and then Ruby decided she was ready to off road into deep thick mud that, as I expected, turned to clay as we attempted to make the 25 mile trip back to civilization. Ruby must not have gotten enough sleep as she stopped after two miles, and refused to go another inch. I called a towing company, who told me that they would just send a Rubicon out to get Ruby, and proceeded to help me put her in the right gears to get her moving again. I also gave her some coffee. We made it out with the help of two Native American girls who were almost as nervous as I about the rivers of mud we slugged through. Ruby lost her Red Fender in the mud, but I lost my fearlessness.
Yes, I'm standing on the edge. That's the only way to do it. Be fearless.