There was some pretty bad weather last night. It was the first time I made a campfire since leaving Phoenix, and I realized it was mistake soon after it blazed to life. Usually, the wind will die down after the sun sets, but it picked up and swirled with increasing force through the night.  The fire sent sparks in all directions and chased me with smoke wherever I sat.  On top of that, I cut my finger trying to use a screwdriver and vicegrip to split wood. I need to get a hatchet.   

Along about midnight, there came a driving rain that sounded like hail on my van roof.  I was snug and safe in my vehicle but campers in tents had a rough night. I talked with one tent camper that said sand blew through the mesh of his tent and coated everything with a fine layer.

I’m at Canyonlands NP today. I will hike some tomorrow when I have more time. The air is still cold but the sun is out. The forcast for the next few days looks pretty good.  Cell service is really bad in these parks.     


I hiked about 5 miles today to a place called Lost Canyon. It is no wonder Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used these canyons to escape and hide out from the law, they are like a maze for miles and miles. I’m headed for Capital Reef NP today.

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  1. Donna says:

    I see you changed the name of your blog again. I used to watch “Then Came Bronson” with Michael Parks. He used to travel all over on a motorcycle. Is that what you are referring to?

    I bet you are glad you aren’t tent camping when the weather is like that, huh? Stay dry!

  2. Daryl says:

    Dale and I used to watch that show with Bronson on his motorcycle, whatever it was called. “Then Came Bronson” sounds as likely as anything. I think Dale used to dream of living that life.

    The show opened up each week with Bronson on his motorcycle waiting for a traffic light. A harried businessman in a car next to him yells out, “Taking a trip?”. Bronson answers yes. The businessman asks, “Where to?”, and Bronson says, “Oh, wherever I end up, I guess.”. The businessman shakes his head in envy, saying, “Man, I wish I was you”.

    Now Dale is Bronson, in a van.

  3. Dick says:

    I never saw that show. Sounds interesting.

  4. Donna says:

    Michael Parks, who played Bronson, was also a singer. I have his LP album. It has a sweet lullaby on it. That’s probably information/knowledge I shouldn’t have confessed. ;o)

  5. Daryl says:

    Richard, Bronson was probably around the time you were in Vietnam. It only lasted a season or two, as I remember.

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