Indian Creek & Our Damp Solitaire

27 Wed, 2011 § 10 Comments

Our new route to Indian Creek, Utah is one of my favorites.  Monument Valley is stunning & diverse.  Even though driving home & back to “reality” can be disheartening, I can think of worse views.

[photo by David Finch]

Clouds, often responsible for creating nice, filtered light & ominous skies for photos, plagued much of our camping trip.

[by Allie]

Rainy days meant fewer climbing days, because wet rock should not be climbed, though many choose to ignore this common sense & decency law.  The weather treated us to a lesson in Being & patience as we were left to fill more days than expected with “rest day” activities.

One morning we took advantage of National Park Week & the waived fees to trek into Canyonlands.  We intended to hike to the confluence of the Colorado & Green Rivers.  The longer-than-anticipated, already quick-paced hike was cut short when we turned & ran 3 – 4 miles back to our little, awaiting Eisley.  I would definitely call this an advanced running trail & hope we actually make it to the confluence next time.

Another rainy afternoon, we retreated into the tent for card games.  Much of our time was spent reading to each other though.  We took turns reading chapters from Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, beautifully written & highly enlightening.  I was tickled (yes, tickled) when Dave asked me to read aloud to him.  The simple act of sharing a book felt fresh & intimate, especially because we were immersed in pages so fresh with passion & intimate with love for the desert.

Though the rain spoiled some of our “plans”, it offered us time to reflect inward, connect outward & recognize its precious presence in this beautiful desert.


Do you ever read aloud with others?

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§ 10 Responses to Indian Creek & Our Damp Solitaire

  • Yes, Tate and I have often read aloud to each other. It usually happens when we are traveling and only have one book and hours to lay around an devour it. We’ve read everything from cheesy romance novels from hostel book exchanges to intense recounts of the killing fields. It’s a lovely, intimate, unique way to be together.

    • Allie says:

      I love the range of books you have enjoyed together. I think this is something Dave & I will carry on into our travels together as well.

  • kristastes says:

    AHhhhh girlfriend I love all of your landscape pics – holy gorgeous!! I have been to Utah many times but haven’t seen all it has to offer…most of my trips there were en route to sun valley, idaho where my aunt and uncle used to live.

    • Allie says:

      Thanks Krista. That means a lot coming from you! The first is Dave’s; second, mine.
      You’ll have to lengthen a stay in Utah sometime — it’s worth it!

  • ashley says:

    lovely pictures–in love with Dave’s–want it framed! Last couple hours of studying tonight–we WILL catch up soon. love you!

  • Julia says:

    Gorgeous photos! I’m showing Tyler the one of Monument Valley trying to convince him we need to visit there, or somewhere near there this summer.
    Great job making the most of the trip, despite the weather – chilling in the tent reading and playing card games sounds like a blast to me 🙂

    • Allie says:

      Monument Valley is gorgeous — I think you’d love it. We’ve never really stopped to explore yet but love the drive. (It’s on reservation land, so if you do plan to visit & go into it, expect to pay a fee & such.)

  • Natalie says:

    Your photos look amazing! I love playing rainy day tent games and reading aloud. What a beautiful trip…

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