Moab, Utah

I really, really love Utah. That’s probably not a cool thing to say. People love to love cool places like New York or California but not Utah. Well whatever. I love Utah, so to say I was excited to be heading back to southern Utah/northern Arizona is probably an understatement. I saw all the big names in the area when I was there five years ago with my good friend Kate so I knew what to expect. Plus I was excited to show one of my favourite places in the world to someone I love (ew, gross).

Moab is the closest town to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park and after a few wrong turns exiting the freeway we made there and it to our campsite. The next morning we rallied kind of early to hit Arches before the heat.

Arches is best known for Delicate Arch, the large rock feature that takes pride of place on Utah license plates, but the whole park is spectacular, including the drive in:

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A tour bus load of people are standing behind me at this moment

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Apparently the park is home to over 2,000 natural arches. Do one thing and do it well I say, and Arches clearly nails it.  We stopped by to check out Balancing Rock:

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Known as the egg

And visited plenty of other arches too.

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Can you spot me?!

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After getting almost arched out we left the park to return later that evening for a hike.

With hiking boots strapped on we headed up the 2.5km trail to Delicate Arch with hundreds of our closest friends.

Up this path:

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Around this bend:

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And bam!

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There she is

It was heartening to see people from all over the world form an orderly line to have their photo taken under the mighty arch. It was less heartening to see some people cut the line and then pretend they hadn’t seen it. But it was downright disheartening when the sun came out and people started yelling and screaming at those who had waited patiently for their turn under the arch to get out of the way so they could take a million photos. Serious angry mob behaviour.

Some people turn into total jerks upon entering National Parks, stopping their cars anywhere, feeding the wildlife, walking on delicate ground. It irritates me to no end.

Anyway. Sitting near Delicate Arch made for excellent people watching. One guy even proposed to his girlfriend underneath the monolith. I’m not sure how I feel about public proposals, you?

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During the aforementioned sunny period

We had our turn:

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Look how tiny we are!

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Still a complete failure at GoPro selfies:

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Also why is the colour so dull?!

The next day it was on to Canyonlands. It looks very Wild West.

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I can see John Wayne here.

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Switchbacks

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Like Arches, Canyonlands has a famous arch. One that you might recognise as a Windows screen saver.

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Mesa Arch

Know the one?

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Just as we left Mesa Arch a huge rain storm rolled in. So we jumped in the car (cursing ourselves for having not yet replaced the windscreen wiper blades) and went to one last view point:

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Is this even real?

An excellent start to the Utah/Arizona onslaught. Still to come: Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Phew!

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8 Responses to Moab, Utah

  1. Bec J. H. says:

    I had no idea the arch was so big until I saw the photo with you standing under it! Wow!

  2. That arch is HUGE! I have never been to Utah but it looks so gorgeous.

    Also, I told Travis that I did not like public proposals and then a week later he proposed in front of the entire 4th grade and a whole lotta teachers. He said he was freaking out whenever I said that because he already had the whole thing planned. It ended up being perfect but I would not want a bunch of people I didn’t know at all there.

    • Bec says:

      Oh my gosh poor Travis!! He must have been freaking out majorly! Thank goodness it all worked out in the end 🙂 His proposal sounds so sweet.

  3. Patrick Caruana says:

    Bec, what an amazing landscape. I don’t know if its the right region of the U.S. but I was looking for the Road Runner and Wily E Coyote in these photos.

  4. Gabrielle says:

    I’m now dying to visit Utah! Keep the photos coming xx

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