Today was a calm day, set up camp, breakfast in Mancos (may have been only the 3rd time we had eaten out in 3 weeks) and I explored the trails around the camp, turns out there is an awesome trail – Ramparts – at the entrance of our little dead end. I didn’t bring anything other than my cell phone, to bad I didn’t have the GoPro, I crashed pretty spectacularly on a downhill, but the next day I made a video Click to Watch
Seriously gorgeous sunsets!
As I said, a calm day and at elevation, it was chilly, so we fired up the Mr. Buddy heater and settled in for movie night – really watching our favorite YouTube channels.
We love traveling back roads (I even named my YouTube Channel Backroad Capers – with the suggestion from James and Elizabeth) and Beth loves her “shortcuts” but this might be too back road…. cowboys were driving teh herd down the road….
We explored forest service roads in the San Juan National Forest outside Mancos and found this dead end road.
We decided we were not going to miss the Milky Way and the sunrise at Delicate Arch again, so this morning we hiked up to be there at 3am. (left camp at 1am)
It was perfect and we had the place to ourselves.
I had not realized as the moon rose, I would loose the Milky Way, this is all moon light casting the shadow of the Delicate Arch on the bowl below
I loved this shadow and played with it till sunrise. We were still alone till after 5am but could see the headlights of hikers making there way up the trail, including the one poor woman we were shouting with as she was WAY off trail and on the wrong side of the bowl.
Painting with light
Now that people were arriving and ruining our solitude, we hiked down as the masses were heading up.
It was a wonderful sunrise
Since we had an early start, we beat the crowd to Devil’s Garden and hiked to a couple more arches, including Landscape Arch
We knew better than to go out the 4×4 trails from the day before, none of us wanted another 6 hours of off-roading, so we headed out the main entrance, which was already closed to new cars coming in and it was before 10am, and we took a nap, checked the forecast (calling for temps over 100) and decided to make a run for elevation and Colorado. One final sunset looking over the La Sal Mountains.