It was Friday evening and me and Joe had just got off work, and the start of our 2-day weekend trip to Capitol Reef was here! We packed up the truck and it was time to take off! On our way down, it was like night and day with the weather. We left and it was sunny and within 40 minutes of our drive, it had started to get snowy. A little bit of snow isn't going to get in the way of a trip though, so we pushed forward and finally got to our destination!
Joe meticulously searches for campsites on Google Maps before we get to our destination. It almost always tends to be an amazing site! However, when it's dark when you arrive, it makes it a tad difficult to find the spot. We found a place to set up camp and that's when the wind started to kick it up a notch... or well, a few notches! Our tent is kind of a pain in the butt to set up regardless. The poles don't really like to go where they're supposed to and it's rather tall, so actually getting it up is kind of a challenge on it's own, add in wind, and you're in for a difficult time. It was SO COLD and began snowing by the time we were fighting with the tent. The stakes would come OUT OF THE GROUND and the tent would roll all over the place (kind of surprised we caught it and it didn't blow away a few times to be honest). After an hour, Joe got a little aggravated and threw it on the ground and a pole snapped. We were so done. We decided to look up hotels knowing we didn't have a lot of money to spend, but WE FOUND ONE THAT WAS PERFECT!
We got to the hotel, tracked in a ton of mud, cleaned their lobby floor the best we could, got some trash bags to put over our shoes, and found our way to the room! Know what the best thing in the world is after freezing your butt off outside? A warm hotel bed. Can confirm.
Morning came and we decided that we were going to cut the trip short and do some hiking and head back that night. We took off and found ourselves at Cohab Canyon. It was a super pretty hike! We also did some off-roading in the truck and played around Grand Wash. We found some cute little caves and walked in them (BTW, the caves smelled weird? IDK what that was about though).
After a day of a little bit of hiking, it was time to go home. I found a rock that reminded us of a slice of pizza in Grand Wash, so obviously getting pizza was the main topic of conversation on the way home *cough cough, Joe*.
Moral of The Story:
Don't be dummies that break your tent. If you do decide to be dummies that break your tent, have a back-up plan. Actually, ALWAYS HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN. We had NO idea what we were going to do once it broke. We were incredibly lucky that we found a hotel in a price range that we could swing at the time. A lot of times, there aren't going to be hotels right by where we are staying, so we were super grateful for how the circumstances lined up. We've been stranded more than once, got flat tires, lost important bolts in the truck on two occasions, STUFF HAPPENS. We've always been pretty lucky with how things turn out! Always expect the unexpected when you're camping. Be safe.