Trip Start Oct 16, 2009
163Trip End Feb 25, 2010
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As it was, when I woke up at eight and peered out onto US191 – aka Moab's main street there was no sign of snow. There was no sign of sun either but it was dry. I checked the online forecast and the snow that was due to start at 6am had been put back to around noon so I decided to make a dash to the fifth and final NP in Utah on my list – Canyonlands. The drive up was uneventful but I did make a mental note of the series of hairpin bends on the road in – could be tricky if the snow did kick off in style.
At the visitor centre I was guided by on how best I could do some drive by tourism (you know – like the people at Bryce – in, out and don’t even turn the engine off) so that I could at least see some of Canyonlands before the snow got bad
So I stopped at a few of the overlooks and stared down into the canyons and also did the short loop (now in quite heavy snow) round to the Mesa Arch – a small example compared to what I had seen yesterday but the 1500ft drop the other side of it’s unguarded edge was worth edging up to – well almost up to, you know about my acrophobia.
That was Canyonlands done – I headed back to Moab, found a decent grocery store and bought salad, fresh fruit and fruit smoothies (I think I needed to fibre!) and settled into the hotel to get my chores done.
Miles walked: 94
Miles driven: 5450
Miles travelled: 25500ish
Arches bagged: Nine (Landscape, Navajo, Separation, Double O, Private, North and South Windows, Turret Arch, Mesa Arch
Photos taken: 3196
Days away: 52
Days of rain/Snow: 7
Days lost to rain: 0
Hotels stayed in: 20
Hotels displeased with: none so far
Max temp: 35c on the Hume highway
Min temp: -14c on US89 on the way to Bryce - brrrrr
What I listened to. I thought I would try a different tack today – listening to my top ten albums in turn. It started well enough – my favourite album of all time is Revolver by the Beatles so I span up both the mono and stereo remasters. And then I hit a snag – what are my next favourite albums? Disintegration by the Cure, The Bends by Radiohead, Signal Hill by Dakota Suite, Give Up by the Postal Service and several others would be in the running. I think I have found something to while away any more snowbound days – watch this space.