Moab – Part 3

Moab – Part 3

On Sunday we broke down camp quickly. We wanted to reach the trail to Morning Glory bridge at 7 a.m. but with the sun creeping higher, I was scared it was going to be 9 a.m. and packed. We double-checked we left no trace of trash, then started the engine. The clock read 6:30 a.m. Cody and I exchanged dubious glances, waiting for it to update. We broke into grins to find we were actually on schedule. We arrived to find the trail empty and the canyon still languishing in shade, a much welcome respite from the heat.

It looked like we stepped onto the island of Jurassic Park.

This hike was our favorite in terms of pure beauty. The landscape varied at every corner, from towering cliffs, to dry desert, to the lush riverside. It took us twice as long to hike because we stopped every few feet to point out something new.

When we reached the land bridge, our jaws dropped. We immediately wanted to be on top, or rappel from the middle.

After our hike, Cody surprised me with my favorite meal: brunch! And not just any brunch, but Southwestern Eggs Benedict, Ginger Pancakes with Apple Butter, and crispy bacon. If you venture to Moab, be sure to stop by the Jailhouse Cafe.
We needed to drive home, but one more stop was on our list: Arches National Park! And in honor of Earth Day Weekend, our entrance fees were waived.

Arches was beautiful, no doubt, but I am thrilled we got in for free, because with all the surrounding beauty of Moab, I am not sure it would be worth $25 to battle the crowds and not be able to take Zara on the trails. We left the park and headed for home, high on happiness and ready for a shower and our soft bed. Birthday weekends are exhausting, but in the best way. Moab was invigorating, beautiful, and reviving. I left feeling at peace, refreshed, and ready for year 24 and all the exhilarating adventures to come.

8 thoughts on “Moab – Part 3

  1. Wow, the scenery was beautiful! I’m so glad you got to check another thing off your bucket list šŸ™‚ Happy Birthday sis!

  2. OH HOW BEAUTIFUL…dad and I have been wanting to visit Moab for years and we just may have to do it late this fall or right after tax season next year…obviously not in the heat of summer though šŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

    1. I will go with you! I can be your tour guide and carry the water for your old bones. šŸ˜‰ Unlike you carrying mine to the beach.

  3. Actually, if I want to go, I have to be able to carry my own water. I think you missed the lesson amidst your sarcasm when I tried to teach the lesson šŸ˜‰

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