Another week off from work and another trip to the desert. This time, Valerie and I are heading to the Valley of the Gods, near the Utah/Arizona border just north of Monument Valley. Our plan is to drive to Moab, spend the night, then head down to the Valley of the Gods the next day where we’ll be staying at a quaint bed and breakfast nestled in the bottom of the valley.
From our home in Golden, we headed west over the mountains with a lingering threat of a major snowstorm to contend with. Fortunately, the brunt of the storm had not reached the Colorado mountains, so we were able to get over the passes and into the Utah desert country with only one minor snow squall to slow us down. After a brief stop to take some photos of the Fisher Towers, we arrived in Moab in the early afternoon. We wanted to try to get some sunset photos in Arches National Park. But by the time we got there, the clouds thickened and it began to rain heavily. We waited at the Garden of Eden viewpoint in the hopes the storm would end quickly, but it continued to rain in sheets until near dark, when we finally abandoned our photo trip and headed back into Moab for the evening.
As we drove into town, we saw the flashing lights of a police car as well as a television news van parked in front of the road to Potash. The previous day, someone shot a park ranger on Poison Spider Mesa. The individual got away and now there’s a major manhunt trying to track him down. The road to Potash (the access point to Poison Spider) was closed and 145 people were out trying to track down the shootist.