We've talked about it. We've debated and dreamed. And, finally, we've planned a C1M Academy Photo Expedition to the stunning American Southwest. As our first destination, we've chosen the picturesque vistas and majestic scale of the Grand Canyon. You don't need to be a photo enthusiast to join us, either. But maybe we'll make one of you before we're through.
February in New England can be bleak and gray. Not so in the Southwest. The blazing sun keeps February's chill at bay. And the brilliant colors of the Southwest's State and National Parks are anything but bleak. There may not be another place so spectacularly grand and vast in all of the continental US. (And then there's Las Vegas - it blazes and stuns in an entirely different, but still very entertaining way.) We'll take in all the sights, both natural and man-made, and have a blast doing it.
To prepare, you might want to rent Ocean's Eleven. (Trip does not include Julia Roberts, and casino heists are not recommended).
The Ultimate Field Trip
6 Days • 5 Nights • Stunning photos that last a lifetime
February 21st - 26th, 2017
Spots available: 4
That guy on the canyon's rim could be you ...
We may have the solution! Join us for a C1M Photo Expedition, the ultimate field trip, to experience a Sojourn in the Southwest.
We will spend 5 days exploring the sights of the American Southwest, enjoying the incredible scenery in and around some of the many State and National Parks in the area - and, of course, taking gorgeous photographs of it all. We will include sunrise and sunset shoots in the itinerary, too, ensuring ample opportunity for you capture breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime images. These shoots are not mandatory - if there is something you'd rather do, we can accommodate that.
We are planning to rent a van that would accommodate us all, preventing losing some folks on windy roads. Seating arrangements will be dynamic.
Leaving Las Vegas. Drive from Las Vegas, departing around noon to Prescott, Arizona via scenic North Williamson Valley Rd. Providing we depart on time, we should be catching the sunset over scenic desert landscapes.
If we pass an In-and-Out Burger on the way, though, there will be a stop. That's just the way it has to be. You can consider that a blanket condition for days 2 through 6 as well.
Stay: Prescott, AZ
Leaving Prescott to go to Jerome, AZ, a ghost town with plenty of photo opportunities. Or so I hear. Traveling on to Flagstaff, AZ to check in the hotel and relax a little, time permitting. Drive to Sedona to join the Pink Jeep Tours for a Coyote Canyon sunset tour. Photographing a stunning sunset over a picturesque desert canyon landscape. (Pink Jeep Tour is not included in the price, because we came up with that after, but felt it well worth it).
Traveling back to Flagstaff and getting ready for an early rise.
We'll be up and out early to catch sunrise at the Grand Canyon, and then we'll travel on to Bryce Canyon for some breathtaking photo opportunities over a very unique looking landscape.
Stay: Mesquite, NV or St. George, UT
Traveling to Zion National Park to photograph mountainous landscapes and wild rock formations. After, we'll head to Las Vegas and check in at our hotel.
Stay: Somewhere in Las Vegas
Vegas. And we all know that what happens there stays there. Let's just agree on that now. There will be optional sunrise shoot or day trips from Vegas to Red Rock Canyon and/or the Calico Desert. - Time permitting.
Stay: Somewhere in Las Vegas
Stay a little longer in Las Vegas and kick back some more, or travel home. We might be sun- or windburned. We might be bleary-eyed from late nights and early mornings. But we will be happy.
The vivid colors and majestic rock formations of the Calico Desert make it well worth leaving Vegas for. Even if your table is running hot. Maybe especially if your table is running hot.
Thinking about the Southwest deserts too long may awaken the desire to rope a wild stallion and ride off into the sunset.
We'll be departing Las Vegas for Prescott, AZ around noon. If you wish to fly in a day or two ahead, of course, you may - I mean, there must be something you could occupy your time with in Vegas. Or, there is an early flight leaving Manchester, NH on Tuesday morning that will arrive in Las Vegas at about 11AM. We've chosen Las Vegas as our home base, rather than flying into Arizona directly, to take advantage of the much cheaper fares that are available.
If you sign up for this Photo Expedition we'll give you 3 months of Photo Explorers, a $450 value. If you are already a member, we'll extend your membership by 3 months. If you are traveling with someone and book double occupancy, only one of you will get the 3 months of Photo Explorers. Which one of you? We'll that's something you'll have to duke out.
Because this will be our first Photo Expedition, before the trip, we are planning to meet as a group to go through the proposed itinerary and fine-tune it together to ensure the best possible experience for all Photo Expeditioners. If anyone has any special needs or desires, this will be the time to express them. Please make sure we have your contact information so that you are kept in the loop when this planning meeting is scheduled.
If you have any questions in the meantime, you can call our office at 603.673.8200.
P.S.: How do you guys feel about an Art Show featuring your photos from the Sojourn Southwest Photo Expedition?
This 5 day trip includes lodging, your spot in the rental van that we'll use to traverse the Southwest, and any state or national park admissions fees we incur. Price does not include airfare, meals, Pink Jeep Tours, or anything else we may come up with on the spot.
We need a minimum of 6 people going. If the trip is canceled you'll get a full refund. - So far we have 7 people interested.
If you're traveling with a significant other, or a friend, double occupancy rooms are available. - Bring a friend and you'll both save.
Your retainer is fully refundable if the trip gets canceled.
Select Single if you are traveling by yourself, or double, if you sign up for two. Price does not include airfare to or from Las Vegas, meals, and drinks.
By reserving a spot for this photo journey, you agree to our terms and conditions of sale. Your deposit reserves your seat and is fully refunded if the trip is canceled. We will need at least 6 participants to embark on our journey. Itinerary is subject to change without notice. Per RSA 361-B, you may cancel this transaction any time prior to midnight of the third business day after the date of this transaction. When you sign up we'll send you an email to confirm. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours, please call us.
Deadline to sign up: November 30th, 2016
If you sign up after that date, we can't guarantee your spot.