Discover Moab Again and Again – The Adventure Never Ends

And That's A Promise!

We sure love this place.  Two weeks went by in a flash.  We will definitely be returning to Moab on a regular basis.

Our sweet boondocking spot!

Our sweet boondocking spot!

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.

Looks Like We're Going To Get Rained On

Uh-oh.  Looks Like We’re Going To Get Rain

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.

We're Not Going Anywhere Yet

We’re Not Going Anywhere Yet

I loved that we were treated to another full moon during our stay.03 Full Moon in Moab

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.

Canyonlands National Park - Murphys Trail

Canyonlands National Park – Murphy Point Overlook

Shafer Overlook

Shafer Overlook, Canyonlands National Park

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.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Ute Indian Rock Art, circa 1620 A.D.

Ute Indian Rock Art, circa 1650-1850 A.D. along the Delicate Arch Trail

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.

Dead Horse Point at the Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point at the Dead Horse Point State Park

Yikes!  Don't get too close to the edge!

Yikes! Don’t get too close to the edge!

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!

Hidden Valley Trail - That's our car way down below.

Hidden Valley Trail – That’s our car way down below off Rimrock Road

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!

Crossing the first half of Hidden Valley.

Crossing the first half of Hidden Valley.

We stopped for lunch at the low pass before continuing to the Moab Rim Trail.

Lunch break along the Hidden Valley Trail

Lunch break along the Hidden Valley Trail

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

Down those steep switchbacks and back to the car.  Beautiful hike!

Down those steep switchbacks to the car on the flatland below.  Beautiful hike!

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.

Bicycling Along The Colorado River

Bicycling Along The Colorado River

An easy ride along the river

A Beautiful Ride Along The River

7% Grade!  Going down was more fun than going up this hill!

7% Grade! Going down was more fun than going up this hill!

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.

Ingrid!  Can You Come Out To Play With Me?

Ingrid! Can You Come Out To Play With Me?

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.

Deep, Soft, Sand Proved To Be A Problem For These Campers

Deep, Soft, Sand Proved To Be A Problem For These Campers

Good Times!

Good Times!

There are so, so, so many more things to do on our Moab list.  We will return, again and again.  Love this place!

Downtown Moab

Downtown Moab

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!

 

9 thoughts on “Discover Moab Again and Again – The Adventure Never Ends

  1. Fun times! I might have to use a similar title once I do my post. Next time through Moab I think Al and I will need to do the Hidden Valley hike. Looks like a good one. Love that photo of Lucy at my door 🙂

  2. Yea!! You hiked up to Delicate Arch!!!! I have done that hike and was so glad I did. Moab has to be an all time favorite place for me. I can’t wait to get back there. You gorgons photos reminded me of the beauty and the fun of Moab! Loved your title!

  3. Thanks, I really enjoyed this post. It brought back good memories of our visit to Moab on our very first cross country RV trip in 2006. We did the Delicate Arch hike in July with the temperature in the 90’s. I was terrified as we went along the narrow ledge to get to the arch but it was so worth it!

  4. Thanks so very much for taking me back. We spent the month of April there a year ago and that wasn’t long enough! I can hardly wait to return. Have a safe trip to CA:)

  5. Who’d a thought slickrock wasn’t slippery? We missed out on the Delicate Arch hike when we were there as himself had a bad knee. I had to rely on my long lens. Shame. Your photos are great!

  6. Im so glad you are paving the way for us. Like you we will probably go back for more once we got a taste of its awesome scenery. Not sure if i can bike on a 7% grade …but I would just walk it up and coast down.
    Lovely photo of lovely ladies with their hubbies.

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  8. Oh no another RV’er that I will have to follow… and it looks like you are well acquainted with the first ones I started to follow so long ago (Al and Ingrid)… I love their blog as I do all the RV’ers I follow, so I’m sure going to love yours…

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