10.21.2012

October Moab Trip

Another Bi-yearly trip to Moab is under our belt.

This trip we tons of fun and a little different from the usual excursions.

First, we didn't take the jeep. *GASP* WHAT?!?! I know, I know. We didn't really like it either. I was actually kind of excited not to at first but once we got down there and saw the other rigs I was sad :(. But it's not like we're never going back. The "second wife" as I've come to call it needs repairs and we just don't care to fix it right now haha. We would have, had there been enough jeeps to take people on trails but the people to jeep ratio was highly unbalanced. So we left it at home and our car finally got to experience red dirt. The ride down was much quieter and comfortable. And dare I say much faster? We left Thursday afternoon and arrived down in Moab just before 8:00 p.m. Kennedy was not a gem on the way down but I guess it could have been worse.
 I had to get creative to keep Kennedy from crying.

 The ugly scenery and the sunset totally made it look like we were on Mars.



Friday I got a 5:30 a.m. wakeup call from the little monster. So not cool. Many hours later we had breakfast in our tummies and were on our way to hike Delicate Arch. Natalie had never seen it before. It's such a great hike. We even saw several people from home! Kennedy did awesome on the way up but not so great on the way down. It took some creative thinking from Cory to keep her from crying in her backpack. But she wasn't too bad.
Balanced Rock (from the car)













 We wore her out


After hiking we went back to camp and had an amazing dinner that my uncle made for us. So delicious!! And it was even better topped off with cobbler and s'mores.

Saturday we headed over to hike Corona Arch. You may recognize this arch from all the YouTube videos. This is the one where people jump off the top and rope swing under neath. The hike itself was way cool and adventurous. I forgot to take pictures of some of the things we had to go up and down. But we watched a few people jump off. I didn't expect the arch to be that big and before seeing it, I always thought trying to jump would be fun. Not anymore. It looked painful! Not to mention reckless. Some people didn't get enough swing and when the rope caught them it was quite the snap. I think I'll be passing on this thrill ride. But I would definitely hike it again!
The trail crossed the train tracks. What a scenic route!!








After the hike we went climbing! We started out on some easy stuff then tried this crack that was pretty tough. It was tons of fun, as always. Collin tried the easier stuff and had everyone laughing at his humor. He's a funny guy!








We got back to camp after dark and had chili dogs and then Kennedy and I hit the hay early. We were POOPED! I slept pretty good that night except I kept dreaming about working at the deli I worked at in high school and Alex Karev was my co-worker. He's even a jerk in my dreams :)

Sunday we went back into Arches and hiked down Park Avenue.







 Kennedy was pretty done with hiking at this point and it was windy and the wind kept blowing sand in our faces. She HATED that! So we had lunch at the big park in Moab and then headed home. Kennedy slept almost the entire way home!! Way more fun than the way down.


Overall it was a great trip. We had lots of fun, no one was injured, Kennedy slept really well, and we were sad to leave. See you in 5-6 more months, Moab!

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