Returning To Moab, Utah (Again and Again) For More Adventures!

I really think that Moab, Utah will be on our travel plan every year.  We just love this place.  It has a vibe that we can relate to.  We spent 3 weeks here this time and tried some new adventures.  I’ll begin our Moab recap with some of our scenic drives and a little hiking.

Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky

Taking a Break on Our Hike in The Needles

Taking a Break on Our Hike in The Needles

Canyonlands National Park, The Needles

Canyonlands National Park, The Needles

Hiking to the Corona and Bowtie Arches

Hiking to the Corona and Bowtie Arches

Driving the 70-mile La Sal Mountain Loop

Driving the 70-mile La Sal Mountain Loop

View from La Sal Mountain Loop Road

View from La Sal Mountain Loop Road

Driving the La Sal Mountain Loop

Driving the La Sal Mountain Loop

We couldn’t resist getting out on the Colorado River this year.  There are many options offered (kayaks, rafting, tour boat, jet boat).  We decided to do the sunset 2 hr jetboat ride and had a blast!  Our driver made sure to give us a beautiful, as well as exhilarating ride.  So fun!

Fun, Fun, Fun on the Colorado River

Fun, Fun, Fun on the Colorado River

Breathtaking Beauty

Breathtaking Beauty

I Love The Reflection

I Love The Reflection

So Glad We Had Great Weather That Day!

So Glad We Had Great Weather That Day!

Our next big adventure was renting a Jeep for a day.  This year, in particular, we have been to so many places where having a Jeep would have been so perfect.  Now, after trying it out, we feel pretty sure that we will trade in our Ford Edge for a Jeep.  We’re excited!

We Rented A Jeep For The Day

We Rented A Jeep For The Day

Long Canyon

Long Canyon

Did you see the movie "Thelma and Louise"?   Remember the ending?

Did you see the movie “Thelma and Louise”? Remember the ending?

Shafer Trail into Canyonlands National Park

Shafer Road into Canyonlands National Park

View of Colorado River from Shafer Road

View of Colorado River from Shafer Road

Shafer Road Climbs 1,400 Feet From The Canyon Floor To The Rim

Shafer Road Climbs 1,400 Feet From The Canyon Floor To The Rim

Looking Down At Shafer Road

Looking Down At Shafer Road After Driving The Switchbacks To The Rim

Gemini Bridges Road Out Of Canyonlands

Gemini Bridges Road – It Was A Very Bumpy Road!

Willow Springs Road - The Back Road Into Arches National Park

Willow Springs Road – The Back Road Into Arches National Park

Willow Springs Road

Willow Springs Road

Mike Is Getting Good At Taking Selfies

Mike Is Getting Good At Taking Selfies

While waiting for our favorite boondocking site to become available, we spent a few days at Ken’s Lake Campground.  It’s a BLM operated campground so we get a senior discount of 50%.  We had a great site overlooking the lake.

Ken's Lake Campground

Ken’s Lake Campground

We learned of a nearby waterfall which was within hiking distance from our campsite, so we headed off to see it.  We were wondering if we took a wrong turn because I couldn’t hear any water.  When we reached the location, there was a trickle of water and the rocks looked wet.  But that was it.  This is the waterfall we hiked to see.

Waterfall?  Looks Like Wet Rocks To Me!

Waterfall? Looks Like Wet Rocks To Me!

We started hiking back down to the campground and I heard a roaring sound.  I turned around a saw this!  If I had stayed at the rocks two minutes longer, I would have been soaked (or worse)!

On/Off Switch?

On/Off Switch?

27 Kens Lake, Moab

Our favorite boondocking spot north of Moab was empty, so we headed over as quickly as possible and snagged this premium location minutes after it became available.  The previous occupants left a large pile of firewood behind, so we were all set for our 2+ week stay.  Whoopie!

Yikes!  That's tight.

Yikes! That’s tight.  It’s a skinny, rutted, dirt road getting in to our boondocking site.

Full Moon Over The La Sal Mountains (View from our camp)

Full Moon Over The La Sal Mountains (View from our camp)

The Sun Peeks Through the Clouds to Light Arches National Park (view from our camp)

The Sun Peeks Through the Clouds to Light Arches National Park (view from our camp)

We were joined by Al and Ingrid (Live, Laugh, RV blog) for Mother’s Day weekend.  Much to our delight, Ingrid cooked a bunch of her yummy goodies (healthy, too).  She prepared a skilletini breakfast for all of us on Mother’s Day and then we drank mimosas the rest of the day!  Oh happy day.

photo courtesy of Ingrid

photo courtesy of Ingrid

Ingrid caught this double rainbow early one morning

Ingrid caught this double rainbow early one morning

Mother's Day Mimosas and Much Laughter

Mother’s Day Mimosas and Much Laughter

We’re currently in Grand Junction, Colorado.  I will be leaving Mike and Lucy here and flying to California for a week with my daughter (and to get my regular dermatologist screening).  Can’t wait to see the family!

Cheers!

10 thoughts on “Returning To Moab, Utah (Again and Again) For More Adventures!

  1. I want that Jeep…. it’s MY color too! That selfie with the Jeep is awesome because little Lucy is in the background – too cute. Our stay in Moab was way too short this year. I think it’ll become a regular stopping point for us as well. It was definitely a very fun Mother’s Day…. what I remember anyway 😆

  2. We, also, love Moab and made reservations for the month of April next year:) We aren’t boondockers but we do love the resort side of Portal RV Park. Thanks for all the wonderful memories. So glad you are thinking about a Jeep. Make sure you check out the four door hard top with removable tops. The ride is excellent:) One definitely needs a Jeep in the west.

  3. Moab is a wonderful place… We loved it!
    So you are thinking of a jeep??? We have 2 grand cherokees. A new one for getting around in and an older one for the desert. It takes us everywhere. We like the bigger size because we are rock hounds and need the room.
    Your selfies are fabulous but the one with both of you and Lucy… needs to be framed!
    Glad you had fun with Ingrid and Al on Mother’s Day! How fabulous!
    Enjoy your travels!

  4. Have been looking into Canyonlands — definitely putting it higher on the list of places to visit after reading this and seeing your great pics! We’ve been enjoying our Jeep for the last year-plus (we had a 2014 2-door Wrangler, traded it within the year for a 2014 4-door Rubicon (loved how maneuverable the 2-door was, but needed the extra space, especially for hauling two bikes on the back and getting groceries in and out). You’ll love having the freedom getting off-road (and nearly off road!) a Jeep gives you. Any suggestions for where to stay with hook-ups for exploring Canyonlands?

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