We sure love this place. Two weeks went by in a flash. We will definitely be returning to Moab on a regular basis.
High winds prevented us from extending the slide-outs when we arrived. But that’s ok because we appreciate that it is the high winds that have created this beautiful landscape. It comes with the territory. And, of course, the rain. We need that, too.
After two days of rain, we were sitting in mud. We didn’t dare try to drive anywhere until the ground hardened. However, a little mud didn’t discourage the jeeps and ATVs. They loved it. We were a little concerned that the road out to the highway would be so rutted from those spin-outs and such that we would have a problem driving on it, but once it was dry it was fine.
But getting out and DOING stuff is why we wanted to come back here. We had a long list of things to do, so when the ground was dry, we got busy!
We took a scenic drive to Canyonlands National Park, Needles Overlook and got snowed on! Ended up eating our picnic lunch in the car. Then, on a sunny day, we drove up to Canyonlands National Park, Islands In The Sky District for several great hikes. We did Murphy’s Trail, Upheaval Dome and Shafers Overlook. The views from the trails just take your breath away.
Several blog commenters encouraged us to do the Delicate Arch hike in Arches National Park, so we put that one on the list. It was tougher than I expected! It was only 3 miles round trip but lots of climbing, mostly on slickrock, which I really like. In case you don’t know this, slickrock is not slippery. Quite the contrary. It’s fun to feel completely sure-footed at such incredibly steep angles. Your rubber soles just stick to it! And it absolutely was a wonderful hike. Thanks to all who recommended it.
Dead Horse Point State Park is another area we were eager to hike. Lucy could go with us on this day. We completed the East Rim and West Rim Trails logging 5 easy miles around this high-in-the-sky State Park. Dead Horse Point State Park is next to Canyonlands National Park. We got another dose of those breathtaking views with the Colorado River below.
My very favorite hike was the Hidden Valley Trail. I’m not sure why it was my favorite. It may have been that the weather that day was perfect — the sun was shining, the mountains were snow-capped, the air was fresh, the wildflowers were blooming, the previous rain encouraged greenery to spout out of every nook and cranny, the moon and stars were in alignment, and my hormones must have been in perfect balance. Whatever it was, I was euphoric the entire time!
The hike begins by ascending a series of steep switchbacks up to the top of Moab Rim. This is where you enter Hidden Valley. I loved finding this valley in the sky!
We stopped for lunch at the low pass before continuing to the Moab Rim Trail.
After getting a taste of bicycling while we were in Colorado National Monument, we were eager to bike the Moab Canyon Pathway. We started at Lions Park and bicycled a nice, flat 5 miles along the Colorado River before taking the pedestrian/bike bridge across the river and began snaking our way up through the gorgeous red rock canyon, past Arches National Park, where we really started climbing. We turned around at Hwy 313 and enjoyed the mostly downhill return trip. Total mileage was a little over 23 miles.
We were so happy when Ingrid and Al (Live, Laugh, RV blog) came back to Moab and joined us for a few days. We all picked up right where we left off and enjoyed hiking, campfires, food, drink, stories and lots of laughter. Lucy was giddy with excitement at the arrival of her BFF Ingrid. Every morning after her breakfast, she would run outside and wait at Ingrid’s door.
Little did Ingrid know, when she took this picture of a colorful tent while we were out walking, that Al and Mike would have to help this clueless group of kids after they seriously dug their car into the deep soft sand and got stuck. Al’s Ford F-250 truck handled the job easily. Mike had a line that was leftover from our sailing days which they used, so both of the guys had male-grunting rights for contributing to the rescue. Arrr, Arrr, Arrr.
There are so, so, so many more things to do on our Moab list. We will return, again and again. Love this place!
Currently, we are at Strawberry Bay Reservoir, heading to Jordanelle State Park near Salt Lake City next week. I’ll be flying to California for a week and will leave Lucy and Mike to fend for themselves while I’m gone. I can’t wait to see all the kids, and get my personal maintenance taken care of .. dermatologist, esthetician, hairstylist, dental hygienist, herbalist, etc. It’s a lot of work at my age!