"the perfect antidote" Canyonlands National Park Favorite Tip by richiecdisc

Canyonlands National Park Favorites: 16 reviews and 24 photos

  carving up the watermelon
by richiecdisc

Fondest memory: Returning with that special person, my new wife, was a chance for redemption and we had been conquering such proclamations for a few weeks now including a very similar one at Grand Canyon where we indeed camped for two nights near the mighty Colorado. We knew we had the tools to do just that again here at Canyonlands. All our gear sat in the car and we were in great shape after over a month of hiking and backpacking. We looked down at the Green River from far above and could imagine being down there. It would involve some hardship but it was there to be had. My wife could see my mind working. We would have to do it early morning and could only carry enough water for one night. We couldn't afford more time than that anyway. We still had Arches National Park ahead of us and that was certainly higher on both of our lists than getting to the Green River.

We went to the visitor center and spoke with a ranger about the backcountry procedures and she suggested another great long day hike that she personally felt more rewarding called the Upheaval Dome. She also gave us some ideas about camping since our stop at Arches National Park that morning had not garnered us a spot at their much coveted campground. Canyonlands only campground was also full.

We went and got a spot just outside the park's boundary and set up camp. It was desert camping and pretty exposed with no running water but it was cheap and put us in position to do a number of things once we made our decision. We had bought a huge watermelon on our way to the park and we sat and greedily ate an entire half of it; the lightly sweet juices of the melon the perfect antidote for the dehydrating arid climate. Full to the brim, we set up our tarp in the shade of the only tree on our “property,” and laid ourselves out for our current siesta. There was little we could do now but rest and plan for the next days. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 5, 2009
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