Sunday, April 27
Camping in vast, flat, empty places often means wind. It’s been windy at our camp along the San Rafael Reef in central Utah. We’ve had a few days of uncomfortable weather, but now a warmer, dry day is here!
“Let’s go, nutcakes! It’s warm enough for a walk through the canyon!”
(Do you see our camp in the background below?)
Spike doesn’t lag behind. It must be one of his “good days,” as far as his arthritis goes. He’s excited to explore. Bridget is, too.
I could put the crew in the Perfect Tow Vehicle and drive us through the canyon. People do drive through it, either on OHVs, motorbikes, or regular vehicles. They whiz through, heads turning this way and that, and away they go!
As for me, I like the little things one experiences along a walk. The crunch of the gravel under ones’ feet . . .
As we walk through we find all but one of them is empty. The next photo shows one of those campsites. It’s a special place . . . enchanting!
The crew investigates around the campsite.
He’s having a great time! He doesn’t begin to tire until half the way back to our camp. I pick him up periodically and carry him, giving him a chance to recharge so he can keep up with Bridget and me.
The next day we leave the San Rafael Reef in search of a new camp.
Monday, April 28
We find a delightful, free spot along the Green River and it has a beach!
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DIRECTIONS TO THE CANYON AND OUR CAMP ABOVE IT:
Coming from the south on Highway 24 from Hanksville, Utah, turn left at the sign for Goblin Valley State Park. Coming from the north on Highway 24 (west of the city of Green River) turn right at the sign. You will come to a kiosk on the right side. Do NOT take the paved road that goes to the state park.
On either side of the kiosk are dirt roads which join to make one road. Take this road across the flat, grassy plain along the San Rafael Reef. You will come to short spur roads going off to the left and up. The crew and I camped in the site at the end of the second spur road. Continue (not far) and a spur to the left takes you into the canyon.