|Mesa Arch at sunrise , Canyonlands National Park, Utah|
The Perseid Meteor shower seemed like a perfect excuse to pack up Dog and the car at 6 o'clock on a Friday evening and make a 3 hour trek through a rainstorm to Moab. The plan? Hmmm ... there is something about 'the best laid plans' going awry so I skipped that part and just drove till I found a nice dark spot on the Islands in the Sky plateau near Canyonlands National Park and stopped. I had hoped to find the BLM place where RVers stay and 'camp' near them but after adventuring down a few dark, bumpy roads with no signs of life, I just picked a pull off down a dark gravel road and called it our spot. Since I sold my tent (see my last tenting experience here), this camping trip was just Dog & I and a sleeping bag in the Tracker. Luckily for me, I forgot my sleeping pad and the bed of the car was way too hard to sleep, so that gave me lots of hours that I should have been sleeping to watch for meteors! The night sky was fabulous, the milky way so bright that it almost seemed light out. I had hoped to see several meteors per minute but I saw about 20 - 25 meteors total ... the best laid plans.... I have to say that I didn't see many meteors but the ones that I did see were spectacular, very long and bright.
|My 30 new BFF's at Mesa Arch|
|Part of Schaffer Canyon Rd|
By the time we made it back to the highway, it was way past breakfast time and over 95 degrees. I took the scenic byway along the Colorado river till I found a nice place for Dog to take a swim and get cooled off then decided to start on the trek back to Colorado via the southern route around the La Sals. By late afternoon, we were back amongst the aspen on the Uncompaghre Plateau and I was happy to see my bed! Do it again?? You bet!
|Gemini Bridges Road .. lots of unstable hanging around but nice views|
|Tall Canyon walls along the Colorado river|
|Golda the Adventure Dog taking a dip in the Colorado river|
|Back to the aspens!|