Though it’s been an overall wet and cooler year in Southeast Utah, the turning of the calendar eventually means summer arrives. And with that, the inevitable hot weather.
Joan and I hike, camp, and backpack at higher elevations.
And for us, those first forays of the summer mean the Abajos (also called “The Blues” among long-time locals) with its aspens, rounded but tundra-capped mountains, flowing streams, and higher mountains full of wildflowers.
We found a stunning campsite on the shoulder of an unnamed peak at the edge of the tundra. And the remnants of snowfields meant, based on the lack of footprints, no one else had come this way.
Our campsite gave us access to one of the better views we’ve seen in this range; though an unnamed peak, it is one of the higher ones in the area, including named ones.
We hiked around a bit, had dinner, and enjoyed hot drinks in the cool mountain area with plenty of daylight until sunset.
Around 8:30 or so, we reached the peak and timed it well for sunset.
We enjoyed our mountain view scape.
We returned and settled in for a peaceful night away from the heat.
The following morning we leisurely hiked out and enjoyed more wildflowers, butterflies, and the forested terrain different from our typical red rock home.
We returned to our red rock home and started our week again. But often, we get reminded of how fortunate we are to call the place home.
One of Joan’s colleagues stayed at our home the following evening. And she had never visited Arches previously.
A post-dinner sunset visit remedied that situation.
With only two hours or so, we hit the Windows section. A place that also never disappoints for sunset views.
The cooler evening weather makes this time of the desert evening the best during the summer months.
The light show made our friend’s first visit a memorable one.
Not a bad place we call home.