I look forward to May each year, as I graduate my students (I'm a professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff) and have a few weeks to head to southeast Utah for some canyons before the heat and gnats run me away. In both 2012 and 2013 the wife and I have headed to the White Canyon area for some car camping and canyons. We camp somewhere along the road from Duckett Crossing that heads out towards Fortknocker. You have to look really hard to find shade, but there is one great spot with both a good shade tree and a shady alcove. We spent five days there last year, and only saw one car drive by the entire time, and no other people anywhere. This year we did four days, with the same great lack of people and traffic. Amazing to have such a great area all to ourselves. I've been a rock climber since 1977 but the elbows and shoulders are getting a bit old for 5.11 crimpers and the wife just won't rock climb. We've taken up canyoneering and are loving it. We are still newbies, so we take it easy and don't try anything that will scare us away from wanting more. This year, we headed out on May 13 and stopped by the Frylette on our way in order to try out the new wetsuits. The water seemed low relative to some published reports, but it was fun and quite scenic, if short. We're really glad the brought the solar shower and enough water for daily showers. We drove to Duckett Crossing and out Horse Tanks Rd. to set up our camp near the head of Fortknocker. The next morning, May 14, we drove back to the head of Short Canyon and headed in. This is a great starter canyon as it has a bit of everything (rappels, swims) but not too much of anything. We go slow and double check everything. I belay her on the rappels for an extra margin of safety. We have a wonderful day and do the full hike out of White Canyon rather than the somewhat dicey shortcut climb. The next day, May 15, we decide to do a non-technical loop down one arm of Fortknocker and up another. I take a rope and some webbing just in case, which proves to be a good call as we encounter an upclimb on the return that can I try to boulder, but don't like the last move. I use our drybag as a potshot and manage to get past the obstacle. On our last day, May 16, we go for Duckett Slot, which is our most serious canyon so far, though still not too much for us. All goes well, except one of the swims near the bottom smells like a sewer. We camp out for the last night and finally see the only other people in four days, a water utility company truck. Maybe they are on an extended lunch break? For a team of newbies with an average age of 56, we feel pretty good about our effort and look forward to many more.