Labor Day in the Tetons ended with a snowstorm complete with strong winds and heavy wet snow. Unfortunately the cottonwoods still had their leaves, which the snow clung to. It was very pretty but caused a lot of limbs to break and fall and even a few trees. Fortunately my site was tree-free with no overhanging branches to cause damage
The next night I did get out and got a few images of the Tetons with the snow and Milky Way.
While the nights have been cold the sun is very warm and most of the snow is now gone except in shaded areas.
Campground managers had crews in on Tuesday with chain saws and loaders to clear the loops and there was a small street sweeper in on Wednesday to push the small debris to the sides of the roads. There are piles of debris everywhere but it certainly hasn’t put the campers off.
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When I left the Tetons I headed south to Moab, figuring it had to be warmer there. When I got to Moab late on Thursday afternoon, all the BLM campgrounds were full so I decided to go to the bare bones place just off 191 where I’ve seen lots of rigs with ATVs/ORVs parked. Turns out the land owner has realized he has a good spot there so it is now set up as a basic campground. Pros, large sites, level, small gravel, neat and clean, $15/night. Cons, if you need any amenities don’t bother. No water, shade or dump, 1 portapotty. Since the Casita is self contained, I use solar and it wasn’t an extremely hot time of the year the site worked fine for me. It is also very close to the entrance to Arches and to Moab so instead of traveling several miles in windy roads it was very convenient, worth it to me. The site is backed by grand high red cliffs and a nice spot for the sunset and early morning images.
I’ve been to Arches and posted images from those visits so this time I decided to concentrate on other places. Also, the park is open only Friday and Saturdays nights now because of road work and both nights were cloudy. Anyhow, I drove out 128 along the Colorado River one morning and made several stops. Not only was I enjoying the day time drive I was scouting for night images, too. I’d been through Castle Valley once several years ago and wanted to check it out, too.
Back near the campground I was able to find a good spot for some Milky Way images, too.
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My Casita with Stang & Sandy, at Horsethief BLM Campground
I moved over to Horsethief Campground on May 10. This is a BLM campground just outside the entrances to both Canyonlands Island in the Sky section and Dead Horse Point SP. Very nice sites, large and level and the price is right! You can see my solar panel in this shot, it has been so useful, recharging the trailer battery along with several other things.
This section, Island in the Sky, of Canyonlands is very different from the Needles section. For the most part here you are driving through desert and looking down into canyons. I keep thinking I may see antelope, bison or even prairie dogs but the most I’ve seen are a rabbit or 2 and a few small lizards.
Shafer Canyon overlook late in the day, Canyonlands
After visiting Canyonlands several times I went over into Dead Horse Point SP to visit friends and to see Dead Horse Point.
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Dead Horse Point Overlook