We departed The Devil's Garden Campground in Arches National Park for all the reasons in yesterday's post... plus about ten more I didn't get to. Still, if you can get reservations secured and avoid the "Musical Chairs," it is both a magical and convenient base camp for hiking and you shouldn't be discouraged by a guy who resents authority and prefers ruleless boondocks to being herded like cattle. Moooo.
As the crow flies our new boondock is only about eight miles from the "Devil's" stockyard that we abandoned yesterday but we had to drive about forty miles to find it. Four of the forty is four wheel drive only, tho I think a good high clearance two wheel drive could do it; you just better have it cranking when you get to one long sandy stretch.
This rough, high clearance road was the original entry to Arches National Park before they cut switchbacks into the cliffs near Moab. I must say, this is a pretty remote and solitary camp. But we have good Verizon service here, hence post cards from the edge of nowhere.
After camp was set we continued on mountain bikes for about another five miles and ended up meeting pavement at Balanced Rock. So this is the place we will camp from now on when we want to visit Arches. Sweet. Among all the downsides to minimal campers, this is the one big upside... that we can go further in over rough four wheel drive roads and camp where we damn well please.
Now for some purdy pictures... I'm all out of words from yesterday.
|Bobbie approves of our new Boondock!|
|Raisin Bran! Yum.|
|Bobbie preps her mountain bike before our ride.|