While getting supplies for camping in Moab, I mentioned to the clerk that we had 5 inches of rain in a week at our home in the Appalachian Mountains. The clerk looked dejected when she said that they hadn't had that much so far this year. Indeed, I read that Moab had 3 inches of rain by the end of June in 2013, double what they had last year.
Our trip started off though in the Wasatch Mountains. I booked two nights at the Sundance Ski Resort, a place I always wanted to visit and it's somewhat affordable in the summer. I have always been a fan of Redford and even saw him in person when I lived in Logan, Utah in the 1970s.
Canyonlands and Moab
The 3-hour drive to Canyonlands was uneventful except for the terrible rest area (the worst outhouse I have other seen!). We camped at theWillow Flat campground which did not fill up the whole time we were there.
Steve bought a camping hammock and solar lights at the local outdoors store and both fit nicely on the ramada. The evenings cooled down, one advantage of the high (5000 feet elevation) desert.
This overlook of the Green River was walking distance (1/4 mile) from our campsite.
When Edward Abbey was ranger here in the 1950s, his trailer was parked near Balanced Rock, photographed here. That's when all the roads were dirt and there were few visitors, quite a contrast from today.
American Fork Canyon
After a night's stay in Moab at the Gonzo Inn, we headed back to the cool mountains above Sundance. We camped at Timpooneke campground where it got down into the 40s at night. We arrived there early on Thursday, June 20, a good thing since the campground filled up quickly.
Since we returned from Utah, we have received another 4 inches of rain. I just wish we could ship it out to Utah!