Arrived in Canyonlands on Saturday and it is as spectacular as I remember. Checked in and settled in my housing 8B-5. Such a government number. Wonderful space, three bedrooms, two baths, good size living room, dining area and kitchen. Catch sunrise out the back and from my bedroom window, catch sunset out the front. Quiet, quiet, quiet and dark, dark skies.
Jim and I hiked a few trails Saturday and Sunday. Took in Mesa Arch, Aztec Butte which has a 700+ year old granary as well, Upheaval Dome, Grand Point Rim walk, Orange Cliffs Overlook, White Rim Overlook. Like a quick tour of a wondrous place. Cooked a couple of meals and made a list of things needed for the kitchen!
Headed into Moab this morning for some shopping. It’s beautiful mid 50’s today. Actually an easy ride and passed Arches NP on the way. Needed sheets as the twin bed is actually a double–not a bad thing. I had planned to just use my sleeping bag but thought better of that idea. Picked up a cheese grater–Italians must have cheese graters. There’s a Kroger’s in town and got some food to round out what I have. Turns out they have frozen Italian green beans! Now, that might not mean much to you but it’s been 10 years since I’ve had them and they are a favorite. I’m always checking grocery stores for them. Seeing them was almost as good as seeing Canyonlands. No wait, that doesn’t even make sense to me!
A wonderful gentlemen Ed Nettle, long retired, stopped me in the Kroger’s lot because he saw my Maine plate. We had a nice chat as he’s been to Acadia. He’s traveled all 50 states. He moved here about seven years ago from Flagstaff after retiring from California. He says there’s plenty to do especially Spring and Fall. His son Andy lives here and was previously a ranger in Canyonlands and Arches. Andy owns the local bookstore Back of Beyond Books. I’ll stop in on my way back and say hi. Such a small world!
I’m dashing off this post in the Moab Library but need to scoot to get groceries back to my place–forgot to bring my cooler!