After we discussed the above two issues at breakfast, it was decided to head to the northern Canyonlands "Island in the Sky" area for short hikes and general sight seeing. We headed north of town to the Canyonlands turn off and headed up the small two lane paved road. After a few miles driving up a nice open canyon, we started to climb. The road just kept going up, switch back after switch back until we ended up on top of a very big mesa.
Well, this was interesting, I thought. Nice big open meadows. But, not much to look at. I stopped after around twenty miles or so at the park visitors center, just after the park entrance, and took a look at some of their maps. Hmmmm. Here's some sort of overlook just up the road called "Shafer Canyon Overlook". Made a list in my mind of a few other possible "views" and short hikes, and we drove a couple of miles to the parking area and headed up a short trail.
"What's this, dad?"
"Not sure, some sort of view I guess. Might be nice.", I replied.
We didn't need to get very far before we saw that, yeah, it was a view, alright.