April 10 – 21, 2014
We looked forward to visiting Moab, Utah. The last time we were here was 23 years ago when we rented a canoe and spent a week on the Green River in Canyonlands National Park. We have really fond memories of that vacation and just wanted to see the area again. I wasn’t prepared for just how special Moab would feel to me! I love it here! It has the same special vibe as Durango, Colorado. I think it must be the energy from all the outdoor activities. We spent 11 days here and only left because we had a reservation at the Colorado National Monument. But now we plan to return and spend another 3 weeks here in May. There is so much to do and it just feels good to be here!
Our blogger friends, Al and Ingrid from LiveLaughRV, saved us a beautiful spot on public land just north of Moab. It was a large and level spot with sweeping views of the snow-capped La Sal Mountains and Arches National Park. And it’s free. Love it!
We were lucky to get a full moon while we were here.
The lunar eclipse was also going to happen about 1 a.m. We don’t stay up that late, so I set my alarm. I’ve set my alarm in the past to make sure I don’t miss special nighttime sky events, but I never actually get up. Mike would’ve bet money that I would turn off the alarm and go back to sleep. But I didn’t! I actually got up and went outside. Into the cold cold night air. I bundled up the best I could, but my fingers still went numb while I watched the eclipse go through its slow process. I’m not the best photographer, but I was able to capture somewhat of a red hue. You can see the bright star Spica in the photo, as well.
There are a few good things about getting older. Not many, but a few. One of them is our Senior Pass which gives us free unlimited access to all National Parks and Monuments. We took advantage of being so near and went into Arches National Park quite a few times to do many of the wonderful hikes.
The hike into the Fiery Furnace is led by a Ranger. The trail is rated challenging and sounded like fun. We wanted to do the hike, so we signed up even though we typically don’t enjoy going with groups. It moved much slower than we normally go, with many rest stops, but the little talks were informative so we enjoyed it.
We also enjoyed the 7 mile hike through the Devil’s Garden. Lots of rock scrambling and beautiful views.
Another day, we drove out Highway 128 along the Colorado River to tour the Movie and Cowboy Museum at the Red Cliffs Lodge. You know Mike loves all that old cowboy stuff, and especially loves to see where the movies were made. I had no idea that so many movies were filmed in this area! It was a fun to see the old (and new) movie posters and read the history.
As we were driving along the Colorado River, we pulled into one of the campgrounds on the river. They had a great site available for us the following morning, so we moved in the next day and stayed for 6 nights. It was nice to be on the water and only 3 miles from downtown Moab. Our previous boondocking site was about 12 miles from downtown Moab. So this was great for running into town for whatever reason. We also discovered some of the great hiking trails that are not in the National Park, so Lucy could go with us.
We hiked an easy trail to Morning Glory Bridge, which had a number of stream crossings. Mike carried Lucy across to keep her feet dry.
We also hiked to the Corona Arch. The weather has been wonderful and everything is in bloom along the trails. So beautiful.
So much of the hiking around Moab is on slickrock. It is amazing how your hiking boots stick to it. You can walk on very steep rocks and feel quite sure-footed.
However, sometimes you need a little help.
We departed Moab on April 21 because we had reservations in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colorado. But we plan to return to Moab after our visit here in the Colorado National Monument. We just didn’t get enough of Moab. We’re coming back for most of May, and we can’t wait! We will return to our spot on Willow Springs Road because even though it is a few miles further out, we like the freedom of being unregulated by campground rules. We enjoyed the campground on the River, but they had generator hours that restricted its usage from 8 pm to 8 am. That doesn’t work for us. Mike needs his Keurig K-cup at 6:30 am! Then, he brings my coffee to me in bed. He’s been doing that for 23 years and I love it.
We don’t have solar panels, so we must run our generator for 1-2 hrs in the morning and 1-2 hrs in the evening to charge our batteries. If the gen has to be off at 8 pm, that means we have to run it during happy hour when we are sitting outside enjoying our campfire, etc. When we’re out boondocking by ourselves, we prefer to run the gen later in the evening while we watch TV or whatever. And if we can’t start the gen until 8 am, we lose a lot of our day waiting for the batteries to get fully charged. We prefer to get them topped up early in the morning. Anyway, enough whining about batteries. We need solar panels!!
Up next, Colorado National Monument. Cheers!