March 24, 2013

Utah Spring Break

The spring break stars aligned this year and all 4 of our school calendars synced up, which seemed like a sign to take another big road trip. After my quick trip to Houston, we headed out to Moab, Utah to hike and enjoy the sights. The driving was relaxing and scenic and the weather was beautiful. We loved Utah, I can't wait to go back and explore more of the state someday.

Highlights...
  • Windy driving all across Texas and New Mexico
  • Exciting off-road driving on the Monument Valley tour road, and a sweet Navajo taco lunch at The View
  • A night of cold yurt camping on our way to Moab
  • Exploring two lovely areas of Canyonlands National Park - Island in the Sky and Needles
  • Great craft beer tasting at the Moab Brewery
  • A gigantic, delicious dinner from Paradox Pizza 
  • Amazing Arches National Park, including a special ranger-led hike through the restricted Fiery Furnace area
  • Thousand year old petroglyph viewing at Newspaper Rock
  • A beautiful drive through Durango on the way home via Colorado
  • Meeting up with UNT friends Chloe & Heston for fun in New Mexico
  • A fun day in Taos and relaxing for two nights in Angel Fire, New Mexico on the way home, thanks for letting us crash Marshall!
  • Crazy allergies and elevation sickness for Matt, but he toughed it out big time - imagine tissues and cough drops just out of view in every photo
Monument Valley
     
Matt's car commercial photo / The Mittens
     
Island in the Sky @ Canyonlands
      
Aztec Butte

Mesa Arch

Arches National Park

Double Arch
     
Balanced Rock / Landscape Arch
Skull Arch
     
Fiery Furnace Ranger Tour
Needles @ Canyonlands
Newspaper Rock
Pothole Point
Confluence Overlook

2,518 miles of fun!


Animal Sightings
The high desert was a little light on animals, but we did spot a few:
Chipmunks
Prairie dogs
Blue jays
Ravens
Fairy shrimp
Geckos
Deer
Llamas

[Fairy shrimp sighting - we think]

Yay for Spring Break!
We're thinking new hikes at Big Bend again next year.

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