This was right after snow melt so don't count on it but maybe it will save you hauling 8 pounds of water next time.
Good thinking, Luke. Taking water from either the McCurdy Creek or Sand Creek drainage was given careful consideration. Ultimately, carrying water from McCurdy Park had more to do with expected photographic opportunities than minimization of effort.
Based on the weather patterns over the previous two days, I had a hunch that the clouds would be great that afternoon.
Since I hadn't seen a patch of snow on the entire trip, I expected to have to hike a ways down either drainage to find water, thereby missing a good hunk of the show up among the granite formations and the clouds. The hunch paid off and Mother Nature rewarded me with one of the best cloud shows I've seen in a while.