Yesterday we decided to explore in the beautiful fresh snow that had fallen the night before.
We had another small snow storm last night and woke to our outside water and sewer pipes frozen, as well as where they connect to the RV.
We figured out hair dryers and space heaters work to thaw it….so we’re going to go out and purchase one we can keep by the pipes at night so we can stick around here and not leave early.
Everything is working now that we did so. Yay!
We keep seeing the other RVs leaving, likely for the same reason.
If you don’t have your RV winterized, which most of us don’t, then freezing temperatures aren’t a good thing and present challenges.
As long as this works, we’ll remain, but can easily leave early to our next destination if need be.
But one thing the snow does is it seems to keep people away from exploring.
Perhaps because they also aren’t prepared with clothing and equipment, or perhaps the snow, ice, and cold are foreboding.
Luckily we have all we need with us for all occasions and do love the snow…so off we went yesterday to do 5 miles of trails that included Mossy Cave and Hat Shop Trails at opposite ends of the park and we had the canyon to ourselves.
You’ll see why it’s called Hat Shop Trail, as there are balancing bounders that sit on the hoodoos that look like hats atop a person.
This trail takes you down nearly 1100 feet elevation into the canyon and you can’t see the Hats until the very end of it, but the vistas along the way are amazing.
We saw many animal tracks on it as well…rabbit, prairie dog, mule deer, maybe pronghorn….and came upon beautiful crystals in this one rock that were so magickal!
And at Mossy Cave trail we came upon little waterfalls, creeks, and the cave of moss and ice sculptures and icicles….they say these can last through June and Summer some times due to the moisture and exposure.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos, which give you ideas of what you can expect to see if you decide to explore this park.
The terrain always looks different depending on the light and you never know what little animal friends may show up!