MOAB ~ A Photo Essay

After Jackson’s bachelor party, I had been hankering for a getaway of my own.  I wanted just a few days – a bachelorette party for myself.  Ahead of starting my new job next week, the timing worked out that I could sneak away for a trip to Moab.  For those of you who haven’t been there: make it a priority.  Moab offers so much beauty in a relatively small area and it is incredibly varied.  I am in awe that Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are basically across the street from each other.

Rather than talking a lot about the experience, I’m going to just write a quick introduction and then let the photos speak for themselves.

Day 1: Monday, 10/17

I arrived around 4:30pm and set up camp on some BLM land just North of town before heading over to Arches to take some sunset photos.  The campsite I got was EPIC.  So was the sunset.

Best campsite EVER. No sleeping pad needed.


You can see balanced rock on the left here.

Day 2: Tuesday, 10/18

The wind was calm when I woke and I knew this was my window for a good ride.  I biked 63 miles on the La Sal Loop Road.  I rode along the Colorado River, into the Manti-La Sal National Forest, up and over, then back into Moab.  I almost turned around but I kept going, and though I don’t know why, I’m so happy that I pushed forward.  It was the most challenging and rewarding ride I’ve ever taken.

Colorado River
Castle Valley Rd
View of the valley
Oh the places you’ll go. On your bike.
Have to ride over all that. Horse Mtn seen here in the distance.
What goes up, must come down. Weeee!


Day 3: Wednesday, 10/19

I woke up at 5:30am to catch sunrise at Delicate Arch.  After that, I did a short loop hike past Sand Dunes Arch and Broken Arch.  Tired legs from the bike ride meant the rest of the day involved relaxing at camp with a good book and delicious wine while I soaked in the sun.

Sunrise at Delicate Arch


Sand Dune Arch
Broken Arch
Good book + fine wine + campfire = 😀

Day 4: Thursday, 10/20

Up at 6:30am, I broke down camp then drove to Canyonlands.  I hiked the Murphy Trail loop – 10.8 miles in total.  The biggest challenge was hiking down the canyon wall.  One wrong step and you’re done.  Canyonlands is so expansive that I couldn’t narrow down the photos any more.  Even just these don’t do it justice.

The canyon just begging to be hiked.
There’s a trail up there. Can you see it?


I started at the top of that canyon wall.


The wash trail
What goes down must go up?


Peace out, Canyonlands!

If these photos don’t convince you to visit Moab… well, that’s fine… less crowded for my next visit ;).


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