Moab - Let the Awakening Begin

Arches National Park

In June of 2017, my family took a trip to Moab, Utah. First, if you haven’t ever been to Moab – go! Here, I’ll help you with the link to their tourism website:

Discover Moab

My wife and I have two kids. The oldest had just graduated from college (a very proud occasion!), and the youngest was going to start college in the fall. It seemed like the time for what could be our last “family” vacation.

We flew into Salt Lake City and took the I15, Route 6, I70, Route 191 route, stopping in Green River to try out the supposedly famous burgers at Ray’s Tavern (it was a delicious burger!). Once on I70, the scenery really started to get amazing! But enough with the driving directions.

For me, there’s just something about the desert. Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in the midwest for most of my life. But I find the desert to be a fantastic place and Moab is surrounded by incredible desert terrain. Also, Moab can serve as a home base for visiting five national parks – five! The two that are closest are Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.

We started our outdoor adventure at Arches National Park late in the afternoon after arriving in Moab. We headed straight to the Delicate Arch. If you’ve ever seen a Utah license plate, you’ve seen a picture of Delicate Arch.

Delicate Arch

The trail to reach Delicate Arch has a steady rise and is approximately three miles (roundtrip). Welcome to higher elevation and less oxygen!

After our visit with the Delicate Arch, we head to the Windows section of Arches National Park to watch the sunset. Here’s a short video of our visit to Arches National Park.

Arches National Park Video

Not to bore you with a full travel log, but the next four days were spent back and forth between Arches National Park…

Balanced Rock

…and Canyonlands National Park…

Canyonlands National Park

…a visit to Little Wild Horse Canyon (now one of my favorite places)…

Little Wild Horse Canyon
Little Wild Horse Canyon Detail

…and a hike in the La Sal Mountains just outside of Moab (and, no, I did not steal the picture of Weber Lake from the website. The picture below is my version of this iconic vision).

La Sal Mountains

Here’s the bottom line. The trip to Moab awakened something inside of me. Maybe it was the majestic beauty of this geological wonderland? Or the sound of the wind while sitting in the Windows section of Arches watching the sunset? Perhaps it was the incredible quiet yet gently cacophonous sounds of nature? Could it have been because I got to spend five marvelous days with the people that I love more than anything? Most likely, it was all of the above.

So, something awakened but the real “trail tracing” hadn’t kicked in yet. Stay tuned for the next post and our visit to the Seven Tubs Nature Area in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

find a trail ~ find your path

~Trail Tracing

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