The sun was almost setting when we left Cortez, Colorado, on Friday night, after another great day of mountain biking at Phil’s World. We had been through a big week of work and had slept in parking lots most nights since it was the only place we could get half-decent Internet connexion to work at night. You really have to be Canadians to think that the Walmart parking lot will be a good option on a Thanksgiving night since everybody and its neighbor is stuffing himself with turkey and gravy and it shouldn’t be packed with truck drivers that let their engine turn all night (like the first night we were in Cortez...). But we forgot about the Black Friday sales… until the parking lot started to fill at 9 pm… for the sales beginning at 10 pm…
So on that Friday night, heading towards Arizona, we were really looking forward to a weekend without Internet connexion and electricity in the middle of the desert, as far as possible from obnoxious night-time deal finders. I was hoping to go to the Four Corners National Monument, the only place where 4 states touches, to play a game of state twister (right foot in New Mexico, left foot in Arizona, left hand in Utah and right hand in Colorado), but it was already closed when we drove by. We cranked the radio and sang loudly as the night was falling over us. We were a crazy happy bunch!
|:: Amazing mountain biking at Phil's Word, Cortez, Colorado ::|
This is why I told the girls I wanted to explain something to them. I told them about the big week we had and the dinner that we didn’t have and the stress of backing a trailer in a dark alley. And we talked about stress and yelling and love. And they totally got it and I could see how they relaxed after that. And I totally did too.
It is utopic to think we will never argue in front of them anymore. But it is realistic to think that we will deal with these situations by not over-dramatizing and explaining them simply what happened. And then, we played cards all together a little too late... and they slept their way into the Valley of the Gods and up the Moki Dugway switchbacks until we reached beautiful Muley Point where we had lunch.
We then found a great (and free!) campsite (with picnic table, an amazing view, a fire pit and toilets!). We had a wonderful evening, roasting potatoes and cinnamon and raisins filled apples over the fire, celebrating our blissful and joyful life!
|:: Muley Point Overlook ::|
|:: Muley Point Overlook ::|
|:: The best campsite ever at Goosenecks State Park, with Muley Point just above the girls in the background ::|
:: Engraving in sandstone pieces at Goosenecks State Park ::
|:: Roasting potatoes and apples, alone in the middle of the desert. A perfect evening. ::|
|:: Can you see the stars? This was shot in complete darkness, but the moon was so big and bright that it looked like day (exposure of 15 s, the exposure I usually use to shoot stars)! ::|
|:: A car drove by at Goosenecks State Park ::|
|:: Another moonlit night shot at Goosenecks State Park ::|
|:: Goosenecks State Park ::|
And a little video of our last couple of weeks!