Friday, June 29, 2012

More on Moab

Ok, time for a little catching up!

Yesterday we spent the day in Arches National Park and Moab, UT.  It is really hot here, unseasonably hot even for Moab.  Highs have been over 100 degrees every day.  So we decided that we'd get up, get breakfast and go to the park early.  Then lunch back at the cabin, followed by some shopping and dinner in Moab.  Then back to the park for some more exploring in the evening.

This plan worked great!  The campground even provided us with a 7 am wake up call:
This equipment shook our cabin!

Apparently, an 85-room hotel is being built next to the campground.  So we watched some earth moving while eating our breakfast.

Then on to Arches National Park!  The last time we were here, when Marjorie was 4, we didn't go see Delicate Arch.  That's the one on the license plates and everything.  I remember that we were just too hot and tired by the time we got done with a different hike.  This time we went there FIRST.  Although we did decide to take a hike to a viewpoint, and not the 6 mile hike to the base of the actual arch.  The path climbed up a ridge and across some rocks for a great view.

Next we went to see Landscape Arch.  It's the longest span in the park, and since part of it fell off in 1991 they haven't let you get too close to the base of it.  This trail had some sandy places and it went between some rock fins.

When MHZ was sitting here, she couldn't spot the arch.
Should have walked around the corner for a better view!

After that hike, we were getting hot and hungry, so we headed back to our cabin for lunch.  We had planned to cook some French toast and bacon for brunch, but did I mention the bugs?  The campground is infested with Tamarisk beetles, which made it very annoying to cook or eat outside.  We made sandwiches inside instead.

After some showers and rest, we went into Moab for shopping.  Of course we had to stop at Desert Thread, where I hardly bought anything.  Just buttons for my sweater.  We poked around and picked up some souvenirs and then went to Sabaku Sushi.  It was amazing, and Rebecca got to use chopsticks to eat her chicken and rice.  We had a salad with daikon & local greens, fish and ponzu vinagrette, a LaSal roll, then a plate of elk tataki.  Everything was delicious, and we topped it off with gelato from Moab Coffee Roasters!

We have great internet here in Baker, so I'll update again tomorrow morning about our evening hike and today's adventures at Capitol Reef.

From the top: Turkish roast, salted caramel chocolate chip,
tangerine bing cherry, and triple dark chocolate.

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