How have I not seen this thread until now?? I only found it reading @Dracula 's Avoid Some Panels thread - Anyway, I enjoyed @lidja trip report of camping and wandering in southern Utah, a favorite playground of mine also, over the last 10 or 15 years.
Goblin Valley, Capitol Reef, Natural Bridges, Moki Dugway, Goosenecks, Edge of Cedars Museum in Blanding, Bluff and Escalante - all bring back great memories, and hundred of images I have shot around Utah.
Here is an image of our Moby1 rolling along in Capitol Reef circa fall 2013
Here is a few years ago, in Goblin Valley, sleeping in a Moby1 trailer
I first travelled up and down Moki Dugway on GS motorcycle years ago, but the last time I was in my 4Runner which can be seen parked on Moki Dugway in this image
At the foot of Moki Dugway in the Valley of the Gods
I didn't hear you mention Canyon de Chelly, but if you haven't been there yet, I think you would enjoy it - you DO have to hire a native guide to enter the Canyon but there is so much to see and learn in there. I've been chasing pictographs and petroglyphs out west for years, and this image I shot high up on the Canyon Wall
I am sorry I missed your invitation earlier, not sure what happened, if I was travelling or what - I think because I didn't answer early, it didn't show up on my later searches or something - I, actually, found this thread in the thread about Panels I mentioned earlier.
Anyway, it seems like you @lidja had a great time.
Time spent out of doors in southern Utah is always worthwhile. I need to go back, even though one can't light paint in National Parks anymore, I believe