|You can barely make out my tent under the big hills north of Moab. Dalton Quarry is above me, the place where the Utahraptor was first discovered.|
After freezing at 10,000 feet above Glenwood Springs, Colorado, I decided to take a quick trip over to my old stomping grounds in Utah to warm up. And warm up I did, as Moab hit 100 degrees every day I was there. It became a contest between me and the sun to see if we could survive each day until the cool nights arrived.
|We fled up to higher country on the Island in the Sky to weather out the daytime temps, then came back down at night. This fin of Navajo Sandstone is nice and warm in the August sun.|
The days may be brutal in the high desert in August, but the nights are pure paradise. Nice and cool and no need for a sleeping bag. No humidity, and the stars hang like crystals in a velvet sky.
|We moved camp to a spot by Canyonlands Field, where we watched sky divers in the sunset (the small spot in the middle of the photo).|
I love having a trailer, but there's nothing like the simplicty of tent camping. And my Paha Que tent has a net roof, which makes for wonderful star gazing from bed. What more could one ask?
I woke one morning to what I thought was a fire-breathing dragon, and was delighted when a hot air-balloon drifted right over me, not more than 30 feet above my tent. I could hear the people in the basket talking about me still being in bed that late in the day (7 a.m.).
And there's nothing like the fiery sunsets with the big desert horizons.
Cassie and Spanky weren't so happy about the balloon and chased it away.
We awoke several times each night to the wailing of coyotes. Reminded me of an old cowboy song: "So wail away, you old coyote, sing your sad and lonesome song. I'm going back to old Montana, back to the hills where I belong."
Come to think of it, maybe it's time to head north, now that all the kids are in school and things have quieted down. I have a fellow from Bozeman interested in buying my trailer.
Those of you who know me know that I like to try out new trailers. My Aliner, which I love, has been a cool and fun rig, but I'm kind of hankering to try out a Bigfoot. We'll see how it all goes—stay tuned!