What happened to Day 1? Well, unfortunately, the place I stayed last night had such horribly slow wifi I decided not to try to post anything. I’d have grown cobwebs by the time the fotos uploaded.

So I got up this morning and headed for Bluff, where I intend to stay a few days until Monument Valley actually starts. I really like Bluff and the Cedar Mesa/Comb Ridge area. Except when there’s a blizzard and I’m driving. Wouldn’t you know it? Snow and slush on the roads all the way down from Moab made for white-knuckle, very slow driving.

I had planned to go to the Butler Wash Indian Ruins to check out some ice crystals Nick and I found there a few years ago. Yes, I know they should be melted by now. But it was cold. Anyway, there was so much snow I decided to stay on the road and went on to Natural Bridges National Monument. I drove the loop road and collected some evidence of the snow to show you.

Then I went (with great trepidation, I might add) to the Moki Dugway to head down to the motel. I figured with snow and rain (snain?) I could get a post out and relax for the rest of the day. (Of course, Ma Nature is having one of her little tricks: the sun is shining as I sit inside and type this.) Oh, well, there’s always tomorrow.

Here’s documentation of one of the prettiest things I can think of, snow in the desert.

 

Junipers are my favorite trees. Spanish Bayonets (yucca to the more technically oriented) are pretty and sharp. In the snow, they show why they are favorites of mine.

Juniper and Bayonets

Juniper and Bayonets

Well, not much to say about the rocks and snow. You can figure it out.

Rocks and snow

Rocks and snow

A couple years ago we did a particularly annoying hike down in the wash that formed the bridges. I fell on my backside twice on that hike because the place was infested with melting snow (kinda like today, I guess). I managed to get this picture of the terminus of that awful hike without falling. I guess I’m getting better.

Owachomo Bridge

Owachomo Bridge

I’ll try to find some mud to get stuck in tomorrow.

More to follow.

Bob