Red rocks, red rocks, & red rocks! We are loving it! Great hikes, beautiful vista after beautiful vista, endless blue skies with incredible cloud formations & a cool town to hang out in.
Moab is a small town filled with outdoor enthusiasts. Mountain bikes, jeeps & any imaginable off road vehicle abound. The campgrounds & streets are filled with them. The Colorado River offers rafting & kayaking. The sheer rock faces attract those crazy crevice climbers. There is something for everyone here. The vibe is fun & creative, lots of different types of artists.
On the drive from Moab to the Corona Arch trail head, we joined tourists from the Netherlands & Germany studying the ancient Indian paintings on the cliffs & watching student climbers scaling a completely vertical rock face. Tourists develop a nice sense of comradery. The hike took off from a shady BLM campground along the Colorado River. We love hiking on the slick rock (it isn’t slippery) & climbing boulders along the cairn marked trails. We have met lots of tourists from all over the world enjoying our preserved wild places. We need to keep supporting & protecting places of natural beauty.
Today we were waiting in line at 6:45 to get into Arches National Park before the crowds lined up. The park is closed from 7 pm to 7 am for road improvements, so as soon as those barricades are moved, the folks pour in. It was a great day driving & hiking at the scenic spots & taking way too many photos. It is easy & fun to snap away but all those shots must be edited & culled – too much time! If you got tired of the palm tree/live oak fascination, watch out! The canyonlands are coming!