We go to Moab a lot because it's close.
And because it's beautiful.
This time we had planned to go to Moab. (Remember last time when we went? We wanted to go snowshoing but just kept on driving to Utah when we realized there was really no snow.)
We even took friends with us, or rather they took us with them since we took their car.
We arrived in Moab at 2 a.m. and woke up in our favorite campground. We had all slept in the back of the truck like sardines, smushed up against each other to keep warm. It worked - we all stayed warm but it was hard to sleep because you couldn't turn or change positions!
When we got up we decided we were going to go hike Canyonlands the first day and walk around Arches the second day. The hiked we picked was just over 11 miles and had 1800 vertical feet we had to go down and up.
(This is the view down from the top of the canyon.)
(steps down the canyon wall)
(terrain at the bottom of the canyon)
(taking a break at the bottom)
There was also a three mile section of wash which was miserable and endless - like walking on a winding beach for miles on end.
(view from the hogsback that circled the canyon)
The hike was beautiful and the company was amazing.
I slept like a baby when we got back to camp - as soon as I was in my sleeping bag I was asleep!