I’m home from my first real camping trip and I think it was a success. Our plans got messed up a bit when Glenwood Canyon was closed after a fatal accident, but we worked around it. We had lunch and took the long way around the canyon with a parade of other vehicles, but that put us a few hours behind schedule. We ended up camping the first night just south of Moab on a trail we had done before. Luckily, Mike had the waypoint on his GPS unit and we found it easily. We set up camp in the wind and sand and had a great first night. The wind seemed to wake up everyone but me.
We woke up early and headed over to the Hole in the Rock trail. We were only a short distance into the trail when it was already time for lunch. It was really, really windy and we all got covered in sand. We worked our way along the trail and it was about 6PM when we were in the middle of a huge hill climb up slickrock and we found a great campsite. We stopped there for the night. I decided I would rather relax, so I stayed there while the rest of the group went to the end of the trail and came back. That took them many hours, so it was about 3PM by the time I was headed back down to the trailhead.
Once we got off of the trail we camped next to Lake Powell at Halls Crossing. The ferry was broken, so there was another wrench in our plans. Instead of doing the other half of the Hole in the Rock trail on the other side of the lake, we took a scenic route up to Green River. We stopped at Goblin Valley on the way, and we ended up in town fairly early. We set up camp at the KOA there and had some dinner.
The next day we spent in the San Rafael Swell, and it was a great day. We saw a lot of different terrain and scenery, and it was one of those perfect Utah days. We ended up back in Green River after they rolled up the sidewalks, so we went our separate ways for dinner.
This morning, some of the group left really early while a couple of us left at 9AM. Another one of the group left even later. We were worried about the Memorial Day traffic back to Denver but we didn’t see much of anything. It was a great day for a drive.
I managed to rip up my steering stablizer somehow, so it’ll be at the shop for that this week (I’m sure it will be covered under warranty). The battery light came on when we were near the Eisenhower Tunnel, and my Jeep even overheated. It’s a work in progress, as always.
Everything is filthy and I’m glad to be home! I should have the pictures and reports on the site in the next week.