It was foggy and rainy again today. We set out very early on a ride through the park and could barely see anything in front of us. We were joking that any animals we would see would have to be on the road in front of us. As the day wore on, the cloud cover lifted a bit so we got some views. After the cloud cover lifted and we rode back through the park loop, we were astonished. The day before the fog obscured everything. Today, we got to see the scenery and couldn’t believe we drove past is the day before and didn’t see it! It was a whole new experience even though we were on the same road.
I have a National Geographic Guide to the less traveled places in the National Parks. We took the road to Sheep Mountain Table. They don’t recommend the last two miles of the trip if it has rained recently (check) and you have a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle (high clearance?). The road is 7 miles with the first 5 miles on a relatively decent, if wet, dirt road. I planned to turn around when we got to the last 2 rugged miles. What was I thinking? With Regis at the wheel, that would never happen. Argh! I agree we got some astonishing views, but I was petrified that we would be stuck in the mud in the middle of nowhere. Of course we made it through. Regis got his fix and Dart wound up in my lap on the return trip because he hated be thrown around in the back of the jeep.