Friday, May 20, 2011

"Come Back Another Day?"

"Rain, rain, go away. Come back another day." How about come back another YEAR?! I have been unable to post for a while because I have been spending the past week with Annie, Lisa and Ellen dodging rain bullets in Utah.  Where drier climate is ostensibly guaranteed, there is clearly no guarantee.  Since the forecast for the City of Rocks in Idaho looked grim (cold and rainy) and the forecast for the southwest desert of Utah looked good (sunny and warm) we headed for Moab and canyon country.  The day we drove to Moab was beautiful - no fear the forecast looked good for the week.  We would be climbing desert sandstone before you know it! Or so we thought.  After hiking around looking for our first crag Monday, we found it a few hours later and got in about 3 hours of nice climbing on an easy going moderate wall in the Kane Creek area. The next day we rose not with the sun but with the raindrops. Ugh. The forecast changed - a huge low pressure system has been spinning around the region for days.  Needless to say we have experienced a lot of rainy day hiking.  Can't complain about the location - Arches National Park is a must-see as is Canyonlands.  But our skin looks like prunes and our tolerance for lousy weather is wearing thin.  Since the low pressure isn't changing and all of this coming week looks to be wet as well, Annie and I will change course completely. She has changed her flight to depart from Las Vegas instead of Salt Lake and we will head to Red Rocks next week for the sunny weather in the south.  Many mountain passes are closed due to heavy snow, so it's a no-brainer.  Thanks to Lisa and Ellen who toughed it out in less than ideal conditions.  when you fly west from the east coast wet, you expect drier conditions.  No go this time.  Lots of laughs, but no climbing.  My nick name is "Rainmaker."


  1. Jean...where will you be on Friday, May 27th...Brian and I are considering meeting you for the holiday weekend! We need to escape the never ending rain, and would LOVE to see you. ~Rosie

  2. Bummer on the weather! We're also bummed that we didn't realize you'd be in Moab -- 3 hours from our house! We could have driven over and commiserated with you.

  3. I'm sorry to hear that you're getting the same shit weather that we've been having back here in New England. Oh well, at least Judgement Day got postponed.