Fall, out West

It was kinda the plan from the get-go, but in the middle of all this shutdown bullshit, heading for the hills – then right down the other side – seemed like a good idea.

I like being outside in the fall - no bugs!

I like being outside in the fall – no bugs!

My aunt and I had discussed a few weekend plans previously; there was not enough snow yet for skiing, we weren’t sure if there’s enough water for rafting (flow reporting is federally funded)… Exploring in Utah? Yes.

So, I bussed up from Boulder Thursday evening, including a quick visit with Nana in Gunnison. My aunt and I made a lazy start Friday from a wet snow in Crested Butte, heading back down through Gunnison and on towards I-70. As we got lower and wester, the storm gradually faded into blue skies, accompanied by excerpts of Ed Abbey on CD. A few hours later, we scored a nice little spot in the San Rafael Swell and had unpacked the firewood, steaks, and booze before dark.

Saturday and Sunday were spent roaming around a few canyons in the area, and a walk through Goblin Valley State Park. We didn’t get too far down a couple canyons due to weather – it’s been rainy this summer, and slogging through the remaining waist-deep puddles wasn’t considered desirable. All that rain did make for some exceptionally lush vegetation, for the desert in mid-October, and we stayed plenty entertained looking at all the erosion-sculpted geology.

entering crack canyon

Saturday AM

Shiny new 100mm macro lens => bothering things lower on the food chain

Shiny new 100mm macro lens => bothering things lower on the food chain

Several colours of rock were installed in this area, other than "adobe red"

Several colours of rock were installed in this area, other than the standard “adobe red”

I think this is an aster?

I think this is an aster? Lots of rain this summer, at any rate

It was a very nice weekend trip, very relaxing, and we’re now back in Crested Butte which should continue being relaxing (for me at least – she’s gotta get back to work).

Snow again this afternoon, sloppy wet stuff. I might drag the fat bike out tomorrow!

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