Although I have been quiet on the posting front for a few weeks, I have been busy! Between preparing for my upcoming classes (which I’m doing by reading through my old Chemistry textbook), working with the youth in my church, spending time with my family, battling my autoimmune disease, and just living life in general, I have finally made time to write a blog post! I feel pretty proud of myself right now. Actually, I want to write a picture travelogue about the fun we’ve had as a family exploring the great outdoors of Utah, specifically in Moab. Southern Utah is an outdoor-lover’s paradise! As the weather has gotten less snowy and warmed up, we have ventured out more and more to explore the arches, bridges, and canyons of Moab.
|The nice thing about this trip was that there was no one else seemingly here! We just about had the park to ourselves. We were the only people at Balanced Rock!|
|We set up camp at Lone Mesa campground, just outside of both Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park. Seen here is our tent pitched in front of the lone mesa.|
|The next morning, after an amazing campfire breakfast of creme brulee french toast (my husband is an awesome cook!), we set out for Arches National Park.|
I want to take a second to brag on my 6-year old. She did the entire hike to Delicate Arch, no problem and no whining! This was the hardest part of the hike, a crazy steep incline on a huge sandstone rock, and she scaled it like a champ. She earned her Junior Ranger badge for sure!
Later in March, we had another road trip to embark on, and yet again, Moab was a great stopping point to stretch our legs. This time, we journeyed more south down the highway to this arch that's right off the road, Wilson Arch. There was a storm--a snow storm--moving in, but we decided to hike up to the arch anyway. My dad was with us, and he braved the hike as well..
The hike is steep, but it is really short. And as usual with these arches, the views are worth it. Lucky for us, the sandstone is pretty grippy. From the arch, we could see almost clear into Monticello!
|Beginning of April, we went on a date to Moab to explore a trail we hadn't yet done, Devil's Garden. It was unseasonably cold and windy, but we decided to brave at least the established part of the trail to see some more famous arches.|
|The hike was a lot of fun as we walked over the sandstone stairs to get better vantage points of Landscape Arch.|
|The beautiful expanse of landscape arch! We had a number of great views of this arch as we hiked along the trail.|
Pine Tree Arch was easily accessible along a sandy path. We were able to walk right up to it, under it, through it, around it. We're not quite sure why it's called Pine Tree Arch, but there were some trees right underneath it. I really love this type of arch--the arches you can actually explore up close.
The hike out to Hickman Bridge was covered in sandstone and littered with big black basalt boulders about, which had been thrown into the area from a nearby volcano a while ago. We even found other natural bridges in the wash along the trail, which were just the right height for a 6-year old.
|There were two of these little bridges right next to each other.|
|We all took turns climbing under them and exploring the rock formations. Alex is a sedimentary geologist, and was explaining the geology to us.|
|She called this one her nap-cave.|
|Hickman Bridge! We learned from a park ranger that the only difference between a natural bridge and an arch is that a natural bridge has water running underneath it--like a bridge we normally think of. It makes perfect sense.|