One day (and I am not making this up!) JR and I piled in the car with our snowshoes, snow gear, and boots to go snowshoeing in Winter Park. When we got to winter part we were a bit disappointed by the lack of snow!
Since we were on I-70 already and in the mountains we just decided to keep going west. Eventually, JR and I ended up in Moab, Utah a few hours later and we decided to go hiking in the gorgeous Arches National Park.
We did a few of the trails there, including the Double O to the Primitive Trail. The most stunning part of the hike was walking across a fin while hiking the Double O trail. Basically, you walk across this fin and on either side of you you can look down thousands of feet into this canyon. It's unlike anything I've ever experienced before. While we were up there we saw tiny people hiking in the canyon below and surmised that the Primitive Trail would probably take us down there.
We certainly were not wrong. The primitive trail took us down and around the canyon with a little scrambling, following cairns, and one or two side trips off the trail on accident we made it back to the car two and a half hours later. It was one amazing hike and I am so thankful that I was able to experience a tiny part of Moab and I'm looking forward to my next trip back.
I just hope it's a little warmer next time because it was one of the coldest nights in the desert I have ever had the pleasure of sleeping in! When we woke up our tent was frozen stiff with a hard frost!
PS: I've been enjoying a lot of Frank O'Hara poems lately. You can read a few here.