10 Jun

We just started our trip to Utah, first stop Zion!
Packing for this trip required some planning, but so far it is working out. The biggest challenge is the restriction on carry on baggage imposed by the airline, especially when flying on regional jets, which nowadays is almost unavoidable out of Grand Rapids.
To keep our equipment safe we purchased two Pelikan 1500 cases with padded dividers. These are legal roll aboard size on regular airliners, and are the sturdiest available cases that we trust to be gate checked with our gear on RJs.
In addition we have a lowepro backpack with the 5D Mk II and the TS-E 17, plus the RRS panoramic setup and various odds and ends. Whitney is carrying a Swiss Army backpack with the MacBook pro, the iPads and the GPS.

We checked the tripods with our clothes, my lowepro harness, the camelbacks and lots of sunscreen! The weather is going to be sunny and hot, and we both turn lobster-like in just a few minutes of sun exposure… yay for SPF45!

We’ll pick up our rental in Las Vegas and head straight for Zion, in time to check in our hotel and enjoy the sunset! Tomorrow we meet with the group and we’re off!

Update:

We made it to Springdale in good time, and all of the equipment made it with us. I am very happy about the Pelikan 1500 cases: they fit well in overhead bins and kept everything safe. Tomorrow we’ll have a leisurely morning scoping around the place and preparing our gear for the sunset shot with the group. The location is phenomenal, and I am sure we’ll be back in the future!

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