An Oldie, But A Goodie...
This trip holds a special place in my heart. To experience views like this for the first time was truly unforgettable. The plan was to camp one night on Alstrom Point and then work our way out onto the Grand Bench. Grand Bench did not happen by the way. We were denied access in Little Valley Canyon. I wanted out there so bad!
The weather was terrible when we reached Alstrom Point and only got worse as time went on. The trip was not starting out good. We waited out the storm from within the truck. The gusts were approaching 40 mph on the mesa with pelting sand. I nervously watched my tent get pounded by the relentless wind sitting precariously on the edge of a cliff. Ha! I remember thinking to myself that my expedition-type tent was supposedly rated to handle very high wind. I guess we'll find out just how good it is. Some of the gusts were trying real hard to squish it completely flat and blow it right off the cliff. Besides holding it by hand during some of the more violent gusts, I can actually say that it survived the onslaught. Luckily I chose to bring my heavy-duty tent stakes!
I was so bummed out that I wasn't going to experience Alstrom Point in all its glory. Late evening was quickly approaching. From the northwest, we could see a line of clear sky heading our way. Within about thirty minutes, the storm blew completely over the top of us and settled in over the Navajo Mountain area to the east. The timing was unbelievable! The wind completely stopped, the lighting was awesome, and the storm stayed in the background until dark. I will never forget how cool it was to be out there when that happened. That was a day that I will never forget. We had a great night of sleep and woke up to a perfect morning. What an incredible place to sit and enjoy your morning coffee.
Thanks for posting this destination, Rob! I found the write-up just today while researching something else in the area. Going through my old photos and reliving the experience brought back some great memories!