2010 Utah Trip

Wednesday, October 6


We woke up at 6:30 to completely overcast skies and no hope of a decent sunrise. Being optimists, we set the alarm for 7:30 so we could check again. 7:30 came and the sky was still completely overcast. At 8:30, we woke up to bright sunshine streaming into the motorhome. Our plan had been to photograph until 9:00 and then pack up and drive to Goblin State Park. We had already cancelled one night, but we hoped to camp there tonight so we could shoot sunset and sunrise down in the hoodoos.

Courthouse Towers Sunrise Courthouse Wash Reflections

With the bright sunshine, we decided to change our plans and extend our campsite in Moab so we could shoot until early afternoon. Then, we would pack up and leave for Goblin; even if we missed sunset there. We got all our camera gear ready and drove to the Courthouse area and the potholes we had found last night. We shot for two hours as we continued to find more and better potholes as we walked down the wash. The light wasn't very good because it was 9:30 when we got to the area, but it was a wonderful morning as we found all kinds of photographic subjects.

When we returned to camp, we decided to cancel Goblin completely and just stay in Moab. The weather had been awful in Goblin, and we'd rather be stuck in Moab in bad weather where there's a lot more to do. When Carol called Goblin to free up the campsite for someone else, it was pouring rain again.

We drove in to town, had lunch, and ran a couple errands. As we sat eating our sandwiches at Pantele's, a violent storm blew through. There was even a tornado warning for Moab. The wind was so strong it was tearing branches off of trees. Now, we were really glad we weren't driving to Goblin.

After we ran our errands, we returned to the motorhome and relaxed. Carol started fixing dinner as we watched Survivor when the TV died and the microwave stopped. We checked the fuses and breakers. We tried everything we could think of, but no change. Everything in the motorhome works except the electrical outlets. There goes our plans for tomorrow. We'll have to try to find someone to fix it. Moab is our last civilization until we reach Zion.