Monday, May 24, 2010

Moving up to Moab

Time to head a little farther north. Although waking up to this:

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really made us question the wisdom of heading north

After getting everything ready to roll this morning, we stopped to exchange “business” cards with Roland & Suzanne. We would enjoy seeing them again someday.

On our way through Cortez, we stopped at Safeway for coffee and a couple donuts. Then we hopped on Hwy. 491 which angles northwest to Utah. We crossed the Utah border at 12:30 p.m. and then turned north on Hwy. 191 at Monticello UT. The closer we got to Moab, the more interesting the rocks got. The first picture below is of Church Rock between Monticello and La Sal Jct.

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We pulled into an RV park just south of Moab at around 2:30. Got everything hooked up and then drove north of town a few miles to spend a few hours at Arches National Park.

We were last at Arches 2 1/2 years ago with Eric & Kari on our way to Michigan to buy the motor home. It’s still a beautiful place! Today, we tried to stop and hike at places we didn’t see that time: Balanced Rock, both Delicate Arch Viewpoints (last time we hiked up to Delicate Arch) and Panorama Point. The next two are a couple of views of Balanced Rock.

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I think these were taken from Panorama Point. It was interesting to compare the rocks in Arches to the La Sal Mountains behind – like two different worlds.

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Next we went to check out the Delicate Arch Viewpoints. Look! Flowers along the trail!

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At the Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint, we hiked farther up the rock and enjoyed some time just relaxing.

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Hmmm….missed this one on the way up.


From the Courthouse Towers Viewpoint:

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Time to call it a day and head home. We visited for a few minutes with a fellow “Country Coacher”, ate left-overs and settled in for the evening. Here’s the view from our door. Not bad, huh?


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