While packing, I reveled in the utter simplicity of trail running.
Home sweet home.
After getting the Mary and Joseph treatment at the Canyonlands Park Service campground, Taco and I settled in for the evening near Hamburger Rock on BLM turf.
Not too shabby for $0.
In the morn, my glee was evident...
I even made toast!
As I launched from the Squaw Flats TH in Canyonlands NP, the weather took an abrupt turn for the worse.
The namesake Needles of the Needles District
An advantage of NPS running: clear signage...
Initially, the singletrack wound through the lovely countryside...
Then across the slickrock
A peek toward the La Sals revealed the deteriorating weather situation...
I continued along, unabated
Then the snow came...clearly the weather gods have little respect for Spring Break!
Handy ladders kept me pushing ahead...
Heading up Elephant Canyon...
Suddenly, the weather improved en route to the Druid Arch
The Druid Arch near the head of Elephant Canyon
Me and the Druid Arch
Heading back down Elephant Canyon
After Druid, I shuffled over to Chesler Park, one of my favorite spots in SE Utah..
Who would have expected a sweet meadow amongst the geological chaos of the Canyonlands?
The view north from Chesler
A government-authorized sign confirms my location...
Heading back toward the TH
As I made my way back toward Squaw Flats, the weather continued to be unstable
Much of this route was atop the slickrock
A bunch of kids from Dartmouth schlepped all the way to Utah for Spring Break...
Departing the Park...en route to Moab
Taco ready to hit the road
We spent the night in the Sand Flats area, along the Moab 50 course
The next day I went book shopping
Moab was looking good
Then it was off to Dead Horse Point
Pyramid Canyon from atop the Point
Looking toward the La Sals
People love to photograph pointy rocks. I am no different.
Colorado River gets its groove on
Looking toward Canyonlands
Me and Taco camped near the Colorado River by the Poison Spider TH. Then we drove back.