The chain is there to help keep you from, you know, dying.
At the end of the day I was checking in to a motel in the nearby town of Springdale and was chatting with the woman behind the desk. She asked me what I'd done that day, and I described my hike to Angel's Landing. She said that she had always wanted to go up there, but just didn't think she could face the climb. I told her that when I'd looked at it from a distance it had seemed impossible, but that once I was actually up there, and just concentrating on the bit in front of me, it was totally manageable. "Hmm," she said, "just like life."
And also just like life, totally worth it. Here's a shot I took from about half way up, looking down the valley:
The three little white dots near the lower left are cars, which might help give a sense of scale.
Southern Utah is dense with national parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, state parks, and so on. The greatest thing is that the forces of geology seem to be unaware of these demarcated areas, because the fantastical landscape just goes on and on, paying no mind to the park boundaries.
Capitol Reef. I could do a whole series of just contrails.
Arches National Park
Strangely, I'm not the only one who finds the area to be photogenic. Depending on how you want to frame your shot it can look like this:
Or like this:
Honestly, what a beautiful place. I really think I could be happy here for a long time with nothing more than a camera. Well, maybe a camera and a Jeep. And a dog. And the love of a good woman.