Yesterday I got a last-minute invite from Bill to head out to the Wedge to drink beer, ride bikes, and shoot sunset/lightning/sunrise. As soon as I got off work I showered, threw some gear in the Jeep, and met Bill just as he was finishing up some grocery shopping in Price. He had his dog, Moki, and I brought only Torrey, leaving Boulder at home with Traci. I followed Bill south on UT-10 while keeping an eye on a nice rainbow forming to the east. Just after passing Paint Road, Bill hit the brakes and turned around to get some photos there with the rainbow in the background.
We cruised out to the Wedge and had dull gray skies for most of the drive. One of the best camp spots at the Wedge Overlook was empty so we grabbed it and then hopped on our mountain bikes for a ride along the rim of the Little Grand Canyon. The sun poked out of the clouds near the horizon and lit everything up nicely. Another rainbow appeared to the east shortly before it rained on us. We hurried back to the camp spot but when we got there the rain had pretty much stopped.
Around a campfire we ate, drank, bullshitted, and occasionally walked a short distance to the canyon rim for some night photos. There was lightning far off on the south horizon but, to our disappointment, it never got close enough to photograph. It was around 11:00 when we started setting up tents and midnight when we turned in for the night.
A little after 7:00AM we rose and slowly packed up camp while eating breakfast. By 9:00 we were riding east on the gravel road toward the singletrack that winds around the rim of Good Water Canyon. The trail had recently had some work done on it, and it was very similar in difficulty to the trails I’m used to riding near Price. The dogs had no problem keeping up. With Torrey’s propensity toward alwaying being in the lead, I rarely saw her for much of the ride because I was bringing up the rear.
We rode about seven miles of singletrack, then jumped on the main gravel road and followed it back to camp for a total of about 10 miles. For such a short trip–I was only gone from home for about 20 hours–it was packed with fun.