A couple weeks ago I was getting quite stir crazy. Lots of gloomy weather about with hints of a spring day here and there. Just enough to get you excited only to be dashed with a blizzard the next day. And we’d already had a very gloomy January and February and this sun-deprived girl was getting a little anxious.
Dan and I had been talking of going to Moab, Utah (three hours from here) for some time. We’d celebrated our 29th anniversary last month and thought this would be a fun getaway. We were waiting for a warmer couple of days, watching the weather closely when….he got another job. He works in the tv/movie industry with set design and the nice days we were talking of going during that week had just been re-prioritized for work.
I was so disappointed.
I had this idea of doing a day trip and gathered Jordan + my BFF Kristy Banks (Kass and Lisa Bearnson couldn’t come so spontaneously) and we ventured early the next day down to Moab to hike around, eat some good food and talk talk talk.
Yes, we left before dawn. And as Kristy drove through the canyons along the way and the sun began to rise in our eyes, she jokingly said, “Oh! Is this what morning looks like? This is what sunrise looks like?”
We saw Balanced Rock, hiked up around The Windows and Double Arch, did the small hike up to the second view point for Delicate Arch (which was still far away) and then my favorite–because it was rather a surprise–Sand Dune Arch. We’d actually planned on going over to Broken Arch and saw the trail for Sand Dune Arch first. It went between slabs of rock until you got into an open area and there was an arch forming in there. Even thought it seemed protected, the winds and the rain had begun to form this arch. I loved it!
It’s places like this that truly give you the sense of how small you are in this big amazing world of ours.
Kristy’s hubs and his BFF thought we were crazy to do this! But the day was absolutely delightful! It didn’t even seem like we’d driven three hours. We talked the whole way and didn’t even have music on! It was a perfect day. Because it was the middle of the week and still early spring, it felt like we had much of the park to ourselves. The scenery was beautiful, the food at The Spoke was amazing, the conversations were plenty and all our souls were rejuvenated. Who could ask for a better day?
I believe our next day trip shall be to Capitol Reef. It’s a half hour closer. ;)
And now, rather than post a bunch of photos, I’ll leave you with a little video I made in iMovie on my phone of that day. Everything is better with music, eh? (Song: Raven+The Wolves by Rogue Valley from the Walter Mitty soundtrack….love.)