Go West! Bring Your Ark! – Day 4

Arches National Park - Day 4Waking Up DryWith a yawn and a stretch and three pillows strewn across my Motel 6 bed, I awoke. I was dry and comfortable.  During the night we rotated clothes and gear into the bathroom and in front of the AC to dry them. The floor was beginning to look like... Continue Reading →

Go West! Bring Your Ark! – Day 3

And the Rains CameMorning view from my tent towards The NeedlesI like it sometimes when I'm all cozy and dry in my tent and sleeping bag and it rains. The patter of the drops on the tent fly make a personalized drum beat for me to sleep to. Taking you back to that night of... Continue Reading →

Go West! Bring Your Ark! – Day 2

Getting ThereRoute from First Night Camp to NeedlesThe second day of our trip was to be the start of our longest back-country backpack trip. Three days and two nights out in the wild of Canyonlands' Needles District was the plan. So, we ate our breakfast, packed our gear up and drove to Needles. This brought... Continue Reading →

Go West! Bring Your Ark! – Day 1

The BackgroundA good friend of mine in the Boy Scout troop my son is in approached me last year about taking an adult trip out West. My immediate response was that I had been to Las Vegas and didn't care much for the adult part. With a bewildered stare, he explained that he meant men only,... Continue Reading →

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