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Photos From Utah
I said I would start doing a monthly post of pictures from my travels, but I haven’t been very good about doing that, so here is one. With a lot of the country locked in the grips of winter, I thought we would look at some desert scenery. These pictures are from Utah, specifically around Moab. What makes Moab a very special place is its close proximity to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Moab is one of my favorite places anywhere! It is a wonderful little town that exists pretty much for tourists. It is home to many great activities such as
- Rafting on the Colorado River
- Jeeping/4-Wheeling is some of the best in the world
- Mountain Biking is World Class there
- Rock Climbing
The town has a young, hippyish vibe to it that I always really enjoy. Being Southern Utah, it is hot! I only go there in fall and winter to avoid the heat. November is the perfect time to go, no longer hot but not cold yet. I was there once in December and it was cold with some snow on the ground. I didn’t have any problem stealth parking in town in December. The main draw to me is Arches National Park, which is incredibly beautiful. The first time I was there it literally moved me to tears. Having lived in Alaska all my life I had never seen anything like the huge Red Rock spires and I was just awestruck by its stark beauty.
As its name implies the Park is full of arches and they are very inspiring. But none come close to the beauty of Delicate Arch. It’s a pretty good hike to see it, about 1 1/2 miles with a fair amount of climbing. It is over slick-rock which is easy to walk on but it does require some navigation skills. You must be familiar with walking on rock and following Cairns (small piles of rocks that mark a trail that couldn’t be marked otherwise). But it is well worth the challenges!! It is huge and beautiful beyond words. The pictures can NOT convey it all. What they don’t show you is that it is hanging on sheer, straight cliffs that drop straight down for 1/4 mile. It is not for those with a fear of heights! Fortunately, you don’t have to get anywhere near the cliffs unless you want to.