Back Country Tour

The weather forecast didn't look that great for my third tour day in a row, dry and cloudy in the morning with thunderstorms starting at noon. But that didn't mean that the dogs didn't need to be walked so out we went just before sunrise in the chilly 40 degree temperatures

The lower areas of the desert were still too wet to consider driving out there so I decided to head up high again and see if we could get to Cathedral Valley from the top before the storms hit. It worked! The Elkhorn road was fine the roads down to Cathedral Valley only slippery in a couple of places. The clouds did look rather ominous as we descended towards the South Desert, the Henry Mountains were nowhere to be seen all day

We took a look at the South Desert then went out to the Cathedral Valley Overlook where we discovered a couple of the guests were ready to get into the holiday spirit a little early

Kevin and Amanda had brought their Christmas card props along

Naturally we all had to try them on for size, Eve and Andrew from London were good sports.

And I'm just a natural showoff!

The forecast storms didn't show up until we were back over the hill and headed up to see the leaves at Fish Lake, we got some 'polystyrene' snow up there as we drove past the lake and then as we got back to Torrey the heavens opened and there was a huge downpour. We decided to continue on and see if there were any waterfalls in the park, as it turned out the storm was very localized and Fruita was bathed in sunshine.

The Castle was very nicely lit.

Another great tour in the books, nobody was left behind and everybody got along well.


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