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This year, for the first time, we have been attending the wonderful Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival.  In its 16th year, the festival brings world-class performers from the Pacific Northwest and around the country.  Featured this year was the Grammy-award winning Parker String Quartet; they played together, and in various combinations with other musicians.  Fabulous!

Two years ago the festival moved to a new location at Signal Hill Ranch in the hills above the valley between Twisp and Winthrop.  Owners Howard and Liz Johnson opened their ranch to the festival, and converted their barn to a state-of-the-art 200-seat venue.  Howie is an electrical engineer by trade and designed the acoustics for the barn.  Here is a short quote from this article about the Johnson’s and Signal Hill Ranch: “Originally built to house show horses, the barn sits high on a pastured, east-facing slope between Winthrop and Twisp with stunning views of mountains and hillsides all around.  If the timing and weather are right, audiences can enjoy top-flight chamber musicians while, through an open barn door, they watch the moon rise over the hills – one of those special Methow Magic moments.”  Indeed!

We bought two flex-passes, each good for 4 concerts, and have been to every center-stage performance since last Friday, July 22 (there are also a lot of free events during the festival in various locations up and down valley, and a music camp for young musicians, plus you can attend open rehearsal up at the barn in the mornings).

They also have food & beverages available before the concerts, and although we had dinner at home, reports of the catering by Rocking Horse Bakery were quite favorable.  All the beer, wine and cider were donated by local businesses with sales to benefit the festival – typical generosity from these folks:  Twisp River Pub, Lost River Winery, and the Methow Valley Cider House.

This ranch horse seemed particularly interested in someone’s Asian noodle salad:

It’s been a wonderful experience and we plan to make this a yearly event!  I love this valley.

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So Tempting

I have been spinning more lately, and this led to a flurry of drum-carding activity the last week or so.  The carder had fallen silent and forlorn for quite some time, so it was nice to get drawn back into it.

It all started when I spun up 4 oz. of a prepared batt from Crosspatch Creations in Montana.  This had some of her natural dark brown wool and a lot of dyed mohair – golds and rose tones, mostly.  When I had the singles spun, I decided I wanted to ply it with “something else” and not back on itself.  I started digging through the stash of washed fleeces looking for something dark, and came upon a dyed Romney fleece I bought a couple of years back from Heidi Dascher of The Artful Ewe in Port Gamble, WA.  In her inimitable way, Heidi had dyed the whole fleece rather randomly – a lot of jet black but with lots of red, gold, green etc. mixed in.

So I pulled off about 8 oz of that dyed fleece and carded it into 3 batts, one of which is now spun and plied with the mohair blend as a 3-ply (2 dark brown and 1 of the mohair blend):

Romney batt with final yarn (plied with mohair blend shown on bobbin)

While digging through the fleece stash, I ran across one of the first fleeces I ever bought – back in 2005.  It came from Whitehall, MT and was from a sheep named Temptation.  She was a Shetland x Corriedale cross “with some minor amounts of Romney, Border Leicester and Cormo thrown in.”  Her owner sent me a picture at the time:

Temptation the sheep

Here’s a picture of the fleece, which I then washed and stored away until now.  Lovely warm light grey/brown with blonde tips:

Temptation’s fleece before washing

Well now I have a big box of Temptation batts and a 3-ply sample spun up:

But back to the dyed Romney fleece from Heidi Parra.  I believe the fleece itself came from The Pines Farm in Maple Valley, WA.  It is really lovely stuff, super clean and almost no VM (vegetable matter) or second cuts, nice and crimpy.   I had over 3 lbs. of it left after pulling off some for the project mentioned above, and realized that if I just carded it up as before, as completely blended batts, I would lose all the color distinction that Heidi had put into the dyeing.  So, what to do?

On Saturday I laid it all out on a table and pulled it apart into 5 color groups, working quickly and trying not to “overthink” the process too much.  About a third of it was black (with some color still in some of the locks):

Mostly black

The next biggest group was red – from black with red overtones, to dark red through bright cherry:

Mostly red

There were 2 smaller piles of “gold and oranges” and “olive tones”:

golds and oranges

olive tones

Final and fifth category was “everything else” which wound up a rich brown color when carded.

I spent most of Sunday carding up the 5 color groups.  This is when I love, love, love my big electric carder which I bought from Judith MacKenzie (built by her ex, Nick McCuin).  It does nice big batts, and leaves my hands free to tease and/or feed on the fiber.  I did a first pass with each color group to tease out (loosen) the locks and then re-combined the resulting batts in a second pass to get fairly even color in 3 to 6 batts of each color.

Romney on the carder

The five color groups all carded

These were so pretty that I was tempted to leave them as-is!  But I did want a final fiber preparation that would spin up into a yarn that included, but did not completely obscure, each of the colors.  So on Monday I went to work on making multicolor batts using ideas from Deb Menz’s excellent book, Color in Spinning.  In order to keep colors distinct, she will make separate batts including some of the final colors in each, then stack them on top of each other to be pulled apart for the spinning.

So I made 16 batts, each of which consists of 2 smaller, layered batts.  The first one has a “thin layer” of black on each side, with 6 stripes across in the center, alternating gold/orange with warm brown.  The second one has a “thin layer” of red on each side, with 5 stripes across in the center, alternating black with olive tones.  And here is my lovely big box of 16 batts, each about 2.75 oz., with a little of the initial dyed fleece on top as a garnish:

The final product!

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Pomegranate

I finished the 5 scarves on the red perle cotton warp I am calling “Pomegranate”.  This time I used tencel for the weft on all of them, but a different color on each.  I am really happy with these, and will be taking 2 each to the galleries today for consignment (Confluence Gallery in Twisp, and Winthrop Gallery in Winthrop).

Pomegranate with Black tencel weft

Pomegranate with Eggplant tencel weft

Pomegranate with Taupe tencel weft

Pomegranate with Navy tencel weft

Pomegranate with Shale tencel weft

We just spent 3 days (2 nights) over on the coast – Rick’s birthday, his sister’s birthday, seeing friends, doing errands, etc.  It was a beautiful drive in both directions, although a bit cloudy and drippy over there.  Good visits with family, although as always we are happy to be home in the valley, where it is forecast to be sunny and in the high 70’s this week – how perfect is that?

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Last week we spent 3 nights out at Lake Quinault at our friends’ cabin resort:  Lochaerie Resort on the north shore, in the Olympic National Park (see link in sidebar).  The occasion was a fund-raising bike ride around the lake (31 miles if you make it all the way) for the Quinault Cancer Fund.  I believe this was the 22nd annual ride!  There were 10 of us plus our hosts:

who moved there last year after retirement and spent the wettest winter in recent memory (which is saying a lot, since this is the rainforest we are talking about) tearing down and rebuilding the main house, while living in one of the cabins.  But it is substantially done and they are moved in now.  It’s a fabulous house:

The bedrooms are on the top floor and Rick and I got to stay in the guest room in the main house.  The view is magnificent out to the lake, and down on the cabins below:

On Friday Rick and I drove out to the ocean (only about 45 minutes from Lochaerie).  We went for a little beach hike at Beach 4, just north of Kalaloch.  It was a beautiful day and we hadn’t been out to the Washington coast for quite a long time.   So nice to see and smell the ocean.

trail to Beach 4

looking north up the beach

Tide was low so we had tidepools!

Saturday was the actual bike ride, and we had a perfect day for it – sunny but not hot.  We made it about 20 miles, over to the Rainforest Resort on the south shore, lunch on the lawn and the “sag wagon” back to Lochaerie.  That’s what we managed last year, as well, and our behinds were just as sore and legs as weary as last year, too.  But it was fun!

Here’s some of the group having wine/beer/appetizers after the ride:

They all like to cook, so our potluck meals were delicious and I came home with 2 new recipes.

While there, I finished the shawl I have been knitting out of handspun wool & silk.  It’s a pattern from the internet called Bell Pattern Shawl.   Just got pictures today:

One of my pet peeves about triangular shawls is that the ends don’t drape nicely but want to head off towards the side.  In an attempt to avoid this, I added two extra repeats of the Bell Pattern just at each end, using short rows, so the first repeat spans 8 “Bells” at each end, and the second repeat only the 4 outer “Bells” at each end.  Kind of hard to describe, but here is a photo:

short row shaping at end of Bell Pattern Shawl

I think it worked, as you can see in the first photo above.  The points hang straight down instead of pointing off to the sides.  I am quite pleased with how this turned out, actually.  The pattern was suitable for this rather rustic yarn with lots of flecks of silk in it – it didn’t show regular lace patterning well at all (I know, I tried…).  It was easy but not boring to knit.  The size is just right for wearing over a shirt in the evening.  And, I only had about 2 feet of my handspun yarn left when done!

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Wow, it’s been almost 3 weeks since my last post.  Life has been busy but wonderful!

During our week at home after the trip to Oregon, we had a little time to catch up on home life.  I had applied to join the Winthrop Gallery, an artist cooperative, before we left for Utah, and was accepted.  We are expected to take one day a month to staff the gallery and it was time for me to get some training and put in a first day there.  I “worked” on Sunday, June 12, and things went well except that I only sold one note card during the entire day.  But now I have an outlet for my weaving again in Winthrop and have my rugs, scarves and a couple of small blankets there on consignment.  I am also showing at the Confluence Gallery in Twisp.

An old friend of Rick’s, who lives in North Bend, came over for a couple of nights with his friend Fukiko from Japan.

Dave & Fukiko

She brought a bottle of special sake which is made in her village near Kyoto, and the first night she cooked us a wonderful sukiyaki dinner, including ingredients she had brought from Japan.

Dave originally met Fukiko a couple of years ago when he was on  trip to Japan with some friends.  She has worked as a travel agent, but most recently has developed a home stay program at her family home in Kameoka.  Here is her website:  Japan Reservation Network.  Lovely woman.  We hope we can pull off a visit to Japan in the next couple of years!

The following week (last week) we had a small family reunion here.  My sister and brother-in-law flew up from San Jose (soon to be from Colorado instead).  My dad came over from Anacortes in his RV.  My brother and sister-in-law came over from Camano Island.  The weather was cool-ish but not raining! and a good time was had by all.

Family dinner at Wolf Creek

The gathered clan

I have managed to fit in a little weaving during the last month or so.  I wound a new scarf warp after returning from Utah/Colorado and got it set up on my loom at the weaving guild room.  It is a mix of reds and I am calling it “Pomegranate” in my head.  So far, with all the comings and goings, I have woven off 3 of the 5 scarves it should allow.  Today finished number 3 in a navy tencel warp:

Navy tencel weft on Pomegranate warp

Tomorrow we head out to Lochaerie Resort on the north shore of Lake Quinault on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, for the annual fundraiser bike ride around the lake and a get-together with old friends.  But tonight we went down to the Twisp River Pub for dinner, and discovered it was the beginning of summer, with the first Wednesday night jazz music in the beer garden!

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ANWG 2011

Sort of dropped the ball on chronicling the rest of our meander through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and onward to home in the Methow.  Suffice it to say that we encountered a lot of wind, some heavy rain, but also some partly sunny days and lots of beautiful vistas of the Rockies and other mountain ranges of Montana (which was incredibly GREEN – a lush, verdant spring green).  We particularly enjoyed the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.  It is a beautifully done (and obviously well funded) complex of 5 museums.  We only had time to visit the Plains Indian and Western Art museums, but they were well worth it.

Our last night was spent outside of Spokane, and we spent the evening with our friend Austin who has relocated there from Seattle.  Check out the band he is playing (guitar) with: the Angela Marie Project.  This is just a sideline for all of them, they have actual jobs….

Then we had 5 whole days at home!  Teasel was so glad to see us, although she wasn’t really frantic – obviously she has bonded with our trusted housesitter.  It rained like crazy from time to time.  This is May in the Methow?  But it does make it so green on the hills, and the wildflowers are loving it.  We washed everything in sight…clothes, the trailer, both cars,etc.  Then packed up the truck with miscellaneous furniture and household belongings (since we have finally consolidated into one domicile only) – this for Rick to take down to the kid & grandkids in Medford/Ashland.

So last Tuesday we set out again for Oregon, without trailer this time.  We stayed with our good friends who own the Real Mother Goose Gallery in Portland, then on Wednesday Rick dropped me off at Willamette University in Salem, OR for the Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds (ANWG) biannual conference.  He kept going and is down in Medford/Ashland visiting with the family until tomorrow, when he comes back to pick me up.  Meanwhile I am staying at a somewhat tatty dorm on campus (my friend Holly is in a much nicer and newer one – jealous!) but having a great time at the conference.  At least the food is better, MUCH better than 2 years ago at Gonzaga U. in Spokane.

The first day Holly and I set up the guild booth display for the Seattle Weavers’ Guild:

Seattle Weavers' Guild booth at ANWG 2011

Our theme was “Use Your Weaving Every Day” and we had 3 “rooms” in the display.  Left-guest bedroom, Center-family room, Right-kitchen.

On Thursday I had an all-day class on using Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) to produce a free-form weaving pattern design and then import it into your weaving software that will generate threading, tie-up and draw-downs.  I have Weave-It Pro to do this but it works with a lot of them.  It was pretty interesting but it became clear, for reasons I won’t try to explain, that you have to have a computer-driven dobby loom with at  least 16 shafts to make use of this idea.  Won’t really fly with an 8 or 12 shaft floor loom like I have.  Well you could do it with a 16-shaft table loom (the thing is you need to be able to raise any combination of 16 or more shafts – can you say 16 factorial?) but that would be tedious IMHO.  Not having the spare $10,000 or so to buy an AVL or Louet Megado loom at the moment – not doing this!

The next day I had a great class in the morning on “Polychrome Crackle” with Susan Wilson.  Very organized teacher, good handout and Powerpoint presentation.  In 2-1/2 hours I got a lot of information on a technique that I am very interested in pursuing.  Crackle is a weave structure – polychrome is what happens when you start introducing a lot of colors.

Sue Wilson with polychrome crackle blanket

My Friday afternoon seminar was on “Analyzing and Reproducing Commercial Cloth” with Teresa Ruch, who worked at Pendleton Woolen Mills for 18 years first as a sample weaver and later as a fabric designer.  Since then she has taught fabric design at the college level and has a thriving dye studio and art-to-wear business.  A little disorganized as a teacher but I still got some useful information.

Today I had the morning off, which was wonderful since the weather has turned warm and sunny and the campus is quite beautiful with a steam meandering through it and gorgeous landscaping – lots of rhododendrons in bloom right now.  I lazed around and went to look at the garments from the previous night’s fashion show.  Just showing a few things here, I have more pictures but these were kind of favorites:

This dress with peacock feather train was the Grand Finale of fashion show!

Really liked this sleeveless dress with side pockets

OK, this is a needle-felted "hat"

Looked amazing on a Young-Thing Model in a black leotard!

Awarded "Best of Show" - cloth and garment both fabulous

This afternoon I had another half-day class with Teresa Ruch on “Dyeing Hand-Painted Skeins and Warps”.  Got some great handouts and took a lot of pictures, but more of the sort to remind me of what she was doing, not for the blog.

So here I am in my down-at-heel dorm room on a Saturday night, which fortunately also has great internet access so I can catch up on the blog, as I fear it may get by me when I finally get home.  It has been a great experience (both the trip to the Southwest and the time in Oregon) but now I am ready to be at home after an extended absence of almost a month!

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Stormy Weather

After leaving Pueblo, Colorado our plan was to stay near Boulder for a few days, visit the Rocky Mountain National Park and then work our way up through Yellowstone on the way home.  Well, it is snowing/raining in both national parks so that is just not an option.  We drove up to Golden Gate State Park in the mountains west of Boulder on Friday, which was a beautiful drive, only to find 4-6″ of snow on the ground at the park- so not camping there!

Drove back down to Boulder and fulfilled my mission of visiting Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins, a fabulous yarn store.  My mentor, Judith MacKenzie, told me about it years ago – they have a lot of mill ends for weaving.  But they don’t show these on their website, as it is a constantly revolving and unpredictable selection.  The place is huge and staff very friendly and helpful.

The mill-ends area in the back room

weaving classroom and more weaving yarns (not mill-end)

classroom area in back including dye kitchen

the main store (retail knitting yarn etc)

From Boulder we drove north and stayed at Boyd Lake State Park just south of Fort Collins.  Although we drove in through essentially a suburb, the park itself was very nice and we were able to go for a bike ride on their extensive trail system before leaving the next morning.  We also went up to Fort Collins Friday afternoon and visited the New Belgium Brewing Co. (think “Fat Tire” and others).  Quite the scene, being late Friday in a college town!  But they give out 4 free tasters per person so between us we were able to try 8 different beers, including seasonal specials.  Kind of fun!

Yesterday we started working our way north into Wyoming, where it was (is) extremely windy, with some pelting rain mixed in last night.  We are staying east of the Rockies for now, and visited Guernsey State Park to see the historic CCC buildings there, and also Fort Laramie.  Thought we would stay at the state park, but due to the nasty weather of late they were not really set up and open yet.  So we holed up in a KOA at Douglas, WY last night and rode out the storm.

Beautifully crafted museum built by the CCC in 1930's

Today it is still very windy, but at least the sun is out!

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Seniora

Yesterday I turned 62, which in the eyes of the U.S. Government (Dept of Interior in particular) makes me eligible for my very own ten-dollar, good-for-my-lifetime Senior Pass to our nation’s public lands.  Entry to national parks, half-price camping fees in certain areas, and most usefully to me, trailhead pass for hiking trails at home in the Methow Valley.  I plan to buy mine either at Rocky Mountain National Park, or Jellystone National Park on the way home.

Here was the scene when we crossed the Continental Divide on Colorado State Hwy 50 on Tuesday:

Monarch Pass

Those peaks are over 14000′ high (the pass about 11000′).  Lots of snow up there still.

Tomorrow we head north towards Boulder.  The state park where we plan to stay showed 44 degrees and snowing yesterday!  But it is supposed to warm up to the mid-60’s and be partly sunny by the weekend.  May not have good internet access after this so blogging may be over after tonight.

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Island in the Sky

On our third day here we moved the trailer to the new spot, did laundry, and just kind of took it easy.  In the afternoon we took off in the truck to explore the mesa top country.  The access road to the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands NP takes off just a quarter mile down the highway from where we are staying, and it also leads to Dead Horse Point State Park.  We decided to make that our destination for the afternoon.

Dead Horse Point is a small mesa separated from the “mainland” by only a 30-ft wide neck of land.  The main vista is to the east over the canyonlands and the Colorado River.  Quite spectacular, but so vast it is hard to take in, much less photograph.  There were a lot of high clouds that day and the light was flat, colors washed, but after a bit the sun broke through and we were able to make out more relief in the rock formations.

Dead Horse Point State Park

That’s a potash evaporation pond in the far distance.  They pump water from the river into the layer that contains the potash, then dry the liquid in lined evaporation ponds.  Then they “mine” it with bulldozers and take it to a refining plant nearby.  The blue color is from something they add to speed up the evaporation process.

landscape from Dead Horse Point

A woman we met from Australia had told us the bike trail at this park was really great and quite civilized compared to what she was used to at home.  So we got our folding bikes out of the truck and set off from the visitor center parking  lot only to discover that neither bikes nor riders were up to the challenge.  It was a mix of red dirt and slick rock and way too bumpy and uneven for the little tires on our folding bikes!  Oh well, worth a try.

Sunday we went back up the same road to explore the Island in the Sky district of the national park.  Much of it is also an isolated mesa, separated from the adjoining land by a 40-ft wide neck called “The Neck”, strangely enough.  This mesa is quite convoluted in shape but fairly large, 43 square miles.  We hiked a total of about 7 miles this day, but not all in the same place.  The shortest one was a half-mile nature walk to see Mesa Arch, through which you look down on the canyonlands below:

Mesa Arch at Canyonlands

The longest one was a 3.6 mile round trip to Murphy Point, which looks out to the southwest over the Green River as it flows down to join the Colorado, and also an area of the park called The Maze, which is accessible only by jeep trail and hiking trails.

the view from Murphy Point at Canyonlands

It was another gorgeous sunny day, temps in the 80’s, but extremely windy.  When we got back to camp, we discovered our Kelty awning had imploded and some of the edge binding had torn loose, so we had to take it down.  I should be able to repair it once I get back home to my sewing machine, but no more vestibule/shelter for the side of the trailer for the rest of this trip.

Yesterday was our last full day here, and we went back to Arches NP to explore the Devils Garden area trails.  It was a high overcast day, windy, temps in the mid-70’s – very comfortable for hiking, but the light and colors were very flat for photography.  This trail starts off very groomed and civilized and there were many people.  There are a number of arches to visit on spur trails along the way.

Partition Arch in the Devils Garden

After about a mile you have to climb up a steep rock fin, and that is where the wheat is separated from the chaff, so to speak.  There are many visitors from Europe, Japan, Australia, and Canada (we heard a lot of French, which could mean people from France – or from Quebec) and they all seemed to make the distance to the end of the trail.  But some of this trail is not for the agoraphobic!

check out the signpost

Rick on a rock fin at Devils Garden

Last night we had dinner in Moab at a nice place called the Desert Bistro.  It was really windy with strong gusts during the night, and began raining this morning.  We feel lucky to have had such beautiful weather during our 5 days here exploring the 2 parks.  I felt so sorry for the people here camped in tents, it must have been a miserable night and a muddy red morning.  But we are packing up and heading off to Colorado, where hopefully the weather will improve!

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Utah, that is….

Here we are near Moab, Utah for 6 days, well-positioned to explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.  We headed south with our Aliner camping trailer on May 9, after a weekend in Seattle for various errands, visits and Mothers’ Day dinner with Rick’s mom and sister.  The first night we stayed at Farewell Bend State Park, a very nice Oregon SP on the Snake River, almost into Idaho.  The second day we daudled a bit, so didn’t get to a campground until quite late, and landed up at Willard Bay State Park just south of Brigham City, UT.  Not so nice, just off the highway and they were doing work at night so lots of jack-hammering amidst the truck traffic noise.  Thank goodness for earplugs!

Arrived here on Wednesday May 11.  We had made a reservation for 6 nights, and had a spot at the end of a row so we weren’t sandwiched between other people.  The place is quiet and very clean, and well out of town ( Moab appears to be a bit hectic).   But it turned out we were near the highway with lots of truck traffic at night, so the next morning we arranged to move to a new spot as soon as possible, which turned out to be Saturday.  It’s on the other side,over a slight rise which blocks off the highway.  So for our last 3 nights here we will have peace and quiet, and an unimpeded view across the desert towards the Windows section of Arches National Park:

Moab itself is a mecca for bicyclists (both road and mountain variety). There is an extensive trail system, plus all the surrounding public lands.  It appears to also draw rafters, rock climbers, hikers, and ATV and motorcycle types.  The town has a lot of RV parks and motels, restaurants, tourist shops, and “adventure tour” places.  Red rock T-shirt, anyone?  Kokopelli?  No?  Well it also has a couple of good grocery stores etc. so we have ventured into town a couple of times to stock up.

Thursday we explored Arches National Park.  What an amazing place!  We stopped at several spots along the road and did short to medium hikes, probably about 6 miles all told.  Still getting used to the altitude here, which has been between 5000′ and 6000′ where we have been hiking.  Rick is having a lot of fun with his big camera but I took a few with my little point-and-shoot so I can post a sampling of the scenery on the blog.  These are thumbnails, click on the image to see it full-sized:

Turret Arch in The Windows area of Arches NP

Double Arch in The Windows area of Arches NP

Delicate Arch at Wolfe Ranch area of Arches NP

Winter Wash below the Delicate Arch

Yesterday  we drove down to The Needles section of Canyonlands National Park.  This park is huge and divided by the Colorado and Green Rivers, so you can’t drive through the park and no roads connect the different sections.  The road to The Needles section is 40 miles south of Moab, then a 35 mile drive to the park boundary, but it is a lovely drive with towering red rock cliffs, mesas, a creek valley with a working ranch, etc.  Once we reached the park and got more information at the visitor center, we did the short drive to the end of the road and explored a couple of the “short walks”.  Then we parked at the Elephant Hill parking lot and did a 6-mile hike to Cresler Park, which is a high shrub and grassland surrounded by the Needles formations for which this section of the park is named.  Didn’t start until about 3 pm and got out a little after 7 pm, tired and weary and sweaty but basically happy to have been really up into such an amazing landscape.  A lot of the hike was across slickrock with rock cairns to guide the way.

The Needles area landscape

We got to a sign that said “Chesler Park 0.2 miles” and yours truly went the wrong way, so after about a half mile we realized this couldn’t be right, and re-traced our steps.  Pretty tired, we debated whether to make the effort to go up to the overlook, which involved some climbing.  But wow, we are glad we did!

Chesler Park from overlook

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