Saturday, May 25, 2013

Playing Dirty in Moab, UT

As we pack up after a month in Moab, UT, Spencer and I still wish we had more time to explore the town and surrounding areas. Between the two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands), Dead Horse State Park, Colorado River, and the boundless trails and hikes, Moab is a paradise for hikers, off-roaders and anyone who doesn't mind getting dirty.

Our time here was crammed with outdoor adventures, from kayaking the Colorado River, to hiking with Ellie the pup, to dirtbiking the trails. We loved exploring the natural beauty of the parks, too.

Arches has more than 2,000 natural stone arches, the greatest density in the world. The layers of rock tell the story of millions of years of deposition, erosion and other geological forces.
The most photographed structure in the park, Delicate Arch, is the unofficial symbol of Utah and it's just a peaceful, uphill hike to witness.

In fact, Delicate Arch inspired me to practice some rusty yoga postures. Doesn't my wheel pose fit in nicely with the backdrop?
Less than 30 miles away is another world: Canyonlands offers breathtaking vistas of canyons, mesas and the Colorado and Green rivers.
We even caught up with a family of fellow RVers, Newschool Nomads, to take in the sights.
After spending the winter with them in Breckenridge, it was so lovely to see Jenn, Brent and the kids again!

While Spencer flew back to San Francisco for a bachelor party, Ellie and I explored Dead Horse State Park, which is a dog-friendly park near Canyonlands.
Since she is full of energy, Ellie thoroughly enjoyed the 5-mile loop around the rim of the park. She slept soundly that night!
A kayaking trip down the Colorado River wrapped up our month in Moab.
The winds were brutal that afternoon making paddling even more challenging. But we survived our 7-mile trip, despite missing the beach where we parked our truck.
The inspirational lyrics to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" allowed me to convince Spencer that we should try paddling upstream. Lesson learned: No matter how much you believe, paddling upstream against the rapids is impossible. Thanks for nothing, R.K. I bet you were never trapped in a closet, either.

Thankfully we were able to navigate the kayak over to the end of the beach and we carried it onshore. Our arms still feel like jelly, but we made it! 
From the dirt to the trails to the water, Moab is an adventurer's paradise. If you visit, be sure to add the delicious quesadillas at the best damn food truck in town, Quesadilla Mobilla, to your must eat list, too!

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