|Exiting Little Wild Horse Canyon, near the intersection to Goblin Valley. It was sprinkling on and off all day.|
|Wait a minute, that goblin is Dave!|
|Dave insisted on climbing this thing after he saw some little kid do it. He tried it from two other sides before realizing you could do it pretty easily this way.|
|Dave's view down to me from above.|
|After not showering and hiking all day, I kind of resemble a goblin myself!|
|We're just about ready to leave and discover a really neat part of the park. I guess that leaves room for exploring if we go back in the future.|
|Dave, happy to be letting the heat out of the grill again so I can take a picture. Burgers, red onion skewers, potatoes, and red peppers.|
The next morning we broke down camp and drove to Moab, where for the second year in a row, I paid $6 for a shower. It was well worth it to refresh myself and de-sand while Dave gassed up the car and packed for a night in the back country!
We headed southwest to Needles. Needles is part of Canyonlands National Park. The park has three entrances, Island in the Sky, Needles, and The Maze, each of which are separated by the Colorado or Green Rivers, with their confluence in the middle of all three areas of the park. We did Needles in 2009, Island in the Sky in 2010 during a wind storm last year, and the Maze only seems accessible by people with intense, jacked up Jeeps (please, correct me if I'm wrong!). Island in the Sky is very close to Moab, so is very popular, but not as popular as the drive-through national park, Arches. Yes, Arches has some back country stuff, but any schmo with a car can see the majority of the park, which somehow ruins it for me. We did it in a day in 2009.
We drove up to the Needles visitors' center and asked for a back country pass for the night...