A week ago we spent three days hiking in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. We’ve visited first on Zippy (our tandem) on our first long tour and fell in love. We’ve been back a few times since, once for a memorable 14 mile hike with Jack and Mary Lange from Sequim. Each time when it comes time to leave, we promise ourselves to come back for a longer stay.
We stopped at the visitors center on our way out, and Claire mentioned that we’ve been thinking about volunteering in a National Park, and that Canyonlands would be high on the list. The woman we spoke to, Dorita, just happened to be the volunteer coordinator.
Two days later, boondocked at another spectacular site, Muley Point, there was a message on our phone from Dorita. The volunteer slated for the autumn stint had become ill; could we fill in for as little or as long as possible? We were just a few days from Tucson to begin our “normal” winter activities, but we do tend to grab opportunities, so we said yes. We begin as soon as we gather a month’s worth of food, add some winter clothes and blankets (thrift store) and return to Needles.
If you are in the area, stop by to visit and get a taste of true high desert red rock remoteness. Our off days are Tuesday through Thursday (hike or bike) but the other days allow time for a visit.
We’re stoked. I’ll make a post or two if possible.