Winter Journey – Canyonland NP – October 2016

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Autumn colors in Price, Utah

Monday, October 17th, the mild morning temperature turns cooler as the wind shifts from SW to NW.

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The wind shifts, cooler with rain clouds

Leaving Price, the wind does not hamper us, but once we reach I-70, it is problematic.

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Leaving Price, Utah

After getting gas at Green River, Utah, we decide to take a frontage road that parallels the highway, since we are having a hard time maintaining interstate speed. Turns out this road is not maintained and it is a very rough ride until we rejoin I-70. At one point we have to stop because the hitch support post slips and hits the ground.

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Stop for damage report

Near the junction with Hwy 191, which will take us south to Moab, we pull into rest stop located on the top of a barren windswept mesa.

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Barren and windswept landscape

In spite of the wind, we have a picnic, partially protected by one of the shelters, before we get set up for the night. Quite a switch from last night’s lovely spot.

Tuesday, October 18th, we leave the rest area shortly after 8:00 a.m., as we were advised to be at the Willow Flat Campground in Canyonland National Park by 9:00 a.m.

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Heading to Canyonland National Park

It is a small and popular campground that is filled daily by 10:00 a.m. We arrive shortly after 9:00 and are pleased that the first site, a pull-through with a view, is available. The temperature is mild enough that Clifford sits in the sun to study and I am able to play cello outside after we get set up.

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Perfect site for us

In the afternoon I walk down to the Green River Overlook, a view of the Green River as it cuts its deep meandering channel across the desert.

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Green River Overlook

and later Clifford and I walk down in time for photos at sunset.

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Green River at sunset

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Last rays of the setting sun

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Sunset at the Green River Overlook

We are very pleased to be here.

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Wednesday, October 19th, I make a small campfire this morning, as I especially appreciate the quiet time outdoors before the busy-ness of the day.  Today we make a sight-seeing trip to the Shafer Trail Overlook,

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Schafer Trail Overlook

the Grand View Point Overlook,

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Grand View Point Overlook

the Orange Cliff view point,

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Orange Cliff view point

and then stop for a picnic at the same place we had a picnic last time we were here, over three years ago.

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Canyonland picnic area

In the evening, I walk down to the Green River Overview.

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Mesa to the east of Willow Flat Campground near sundown

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In the neighborhood

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Sunset light at Green River Overlook

Clifford has a sore throat this evening, which is not good. We use remedies that we have with us and hope that he feels better tomorrow.

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