Staying an extra day in Moab gave me the chance to explore another nearby national park. The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park is about 35 miles from the town. I went there this afternoon.
I had a leisurely morning after pushing myself hard yesterday — as evidenced by the 17,000 steps that my pedometer registered. I also needed to write an article this morning. So I am not quite “on vacation.”
Vacations shouldn’t be tiring. So I limited my steps to 12,000 today.
I made three short hikes in the Canyonlands. The first, to Mesa Arch, was the most satisfactory, although I took a “shortcut” across country on the way back and ended up hiking twice as far as I would have on the mile long trail. No matter; it was fun.
Like yesterday in Arches National Park, some unafraid ravens were around. This time a pair was at the Mesa Arch Trailhead when I finally got back:
At another trailhead later in the afternoon this little Juniper Titmouse perched on the door of my SUV:
The sky was overcast today. The great advantage of an overcast sky to a photographer is what happens at sunset. At 6:17 p.m. this is what happened at the overlook to the Green River: