I have spent only 5 of the last 25 nights in a bed (4 different beds, to be precise). At this point I feel a touch claustrophobic in bathrooms and feeling clean is certainly a novelty. My Wilderness Medicine elective is over and I have had an exceptional visit in Moab (more on that in another post). Tomorrow I head to the mountains of Colorado for one last stint in the wilderness before heading back to New Jersey where I will start a radiology elective on June 3rd. From a month in the wilderness to an elective spent in dark, windowless rooms- the change in environment couldn’t get much more extreme (which is saying a lot, coming from someone who has gone from alpine camping to desert camping in the course of 3 weeks).
This is the final installment of “Pic of the Day”, at least for the Wilderness Medicine Elective. I may not be able to resist a “Pic of the Day, Moab edition”… we shall see.
For the desert portion of the course we headed to Canyonlands National Park, specifically The Needles District of the park. We spent 4 nights in 3 different sites, hiking up to 12 miles a day with heavy packs. I found this portion of the course the most physically demanding, but at the end of the day it was unquestionably my favorite section.
I’ll write details in future posts, but for now: Pic of the day- desert edition.
Day 1- Canyonlands
Day 2- Perspective
Day 3- Druid Arch.
Day 4- The Joint Trail
Day 5- Sunrise and out.
I did not expect to fall in love on this trip, but I have certainly fallen in love with the desert. I don’t know when I’ll be back, but I hope it is soon…