Been taunting the weather gods the last 2 months and now its payday. It's snowed all but one day in the past week getting progressively worse with 2 back to back blizzards and the current forecast to continue a bit longer than it was forecast to continue, if that makes sense (I think it does for weathermen). It's one of those days that you either don't get out of bed (best idea), or you get out, start a fire (if you remembered to haul firewood in the night before...of course in this case the night before and the night before were miserable so the inside firewood supply...GONE!) make some coffee, make some more coffee and so on. But this morning, the trail to the woodshed had drifted to about 4 deep (never happened before), the doors wouldn't open until the drift was removed, the temperature was 9 (which was the high for the day as it was 5 by noon) and the wind was almost screaming at 40-50! The neglected bed idea has been haunting me all day.
But as happened since the dawn of mankind....fire and hot drink...better attitude. But it is now 13 hours past the forecast ending of this blizzard and nothing has changed but the forecast. So, as suggested on facebook, I intend to re-visit our status of one year ago which when we were camped in and exploring "Needles", a section of Canyonlands National Park 15 miles south of the "Island in the Sky", which I posted about a week ago when the weather was just beginning to enter this new arctic-blast phase. From Needles, you can look northwest across the Colorado River canyon to Islands in the Sky and vice versa. Needles is a labyrinth of jumbled red and white eroded sandstone pillars with many arches, domes, narrow canyons. The maze has many ancient Indian ruins and rock-carvings and offers hikers some great possibilities for extended hikes. The weather was perfect for the tasks at hand...camping and hiking. So have a peak, the show is infinitely better than what is showing at our current abode...
Hiking Border Ridge in the White Pass
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