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Blue Notch

Blue Notch

Blue Notch

Blue Notch



Tracy @ Needles






The Needles

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The weekend of 15 Feb 13, Tracy and I finally got out of the house.  Winter had been terrible:

really cold and snowy for nearly two months.  We had spent too much money going to Vegas

on Thanksgiving and going to Yellowstone in January, so we spent time at home during the

bad weather trying to recuperate.  This led to some nasty cabin fever by mid-February.  So, for

the long weekend, I planned to head out to Mancos Mesa near Lake Powell for two nights of

backpacking.  When we got to Hanksville on Friday night, though, it was really, really cold.  The

NOAA snow models showed snow down there, but there wasn't any snow...but it was still really

cold.  So we got up on Saturday and decided to just do one night of backpacking on Sunday

night, and to dayhike on Saturday.  So we headed south on Highway 95.  We made it to the

Blue Notch Road (Google Map) and decided to check it out.  We drove a mile or so until the

snow and mud on the road got too bad, and then we got out and walked.  The views from the

top of the notch over towards Lake Powell were really nice, and I would like to explore this road

more.  We hiked down to the valley, where we were standing when a big boulder fell off of the

moutain behind us.  It was cool hearing the crash of the boulder and seeing the big dust cloud

from it falling.

We then headed back to the truck to head to the trailhead at Mancos Mesa.  Once we started

down the road, I noticed that the oil pressure gauge was pegged all the way up.  Checking out

the manual didn't help me know whether this was a really bad thing or not, and we were over

an hour and a half from the closest cell phone signal, with the plan to get even further away.

This bothered me.  So we headed to Blanding to try to figure out the problem.  After nearly two

hours, we made it to Blanding and called Nissan.  They said it was probably just a sensor and I

would be fine.  I still tried to find a mechanic, but couldn't find anything open on a Saturday in

Blanding or Monticello.  We decided that since we had driven so far from Mancos Mesa, and

the truck was still iffy, that we would stay closer to towns, rather than heading back out into the

desert.  So we headed to the Needles in Canyonlands.  We camped Saturday night and got up

Sunday to hike around the Needles.

There was some snow in Canyonlands, but we headed up Big Spring Canyon (Google Map).

We planned to do a loop up Big Spring and down Squaw Canyon, but there was too much

snow on the slickrock between the canyons, so we just did an out and back.  The hike was

really nice, though.  We had the trail completely to ourselves, and it warmed up nicely later in

the morning.  Big Spring wasn't as pretty as Squaw, but it was still nice.  And, mostly, it was just

nice to be outside.  We then headed into Moab for the night and then headed home on

Monday morning.  It turns out that it was just a bad sensor on the truck...but I'm starting to

seriously think about getting a new car.