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Traveling to Moab, Utah 2018

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We traveled to Moab, Utah for 2 days.  A couple of my friends decided they wanted to run the half marathon in Moab, Utah.  We had planned a trip around them running this as a part going away trip for my friend Brittany.  May I just tell you, this was one of the best trips I’ve taken.  The scenery was majestic and the company was even better.

We decided after looking at hotels (considerably pricey) to forgo that and rent an Airbnb. The house was a condo they frequently rent out and it was fabulous. It went for about $150 a night and that between 7 people goes a long way, plus we could all be together and not in separate rooms.  It was like a giant sleepover.

Here is what we did in our 2 days in Moab:

DAY 1:

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At the Arches National Park sign

We arrived late Friday night so we just slept once arriving. We got up early Saturday morning, a couple of the girls went to run the marathon while the rest of us went to Arches National Park.  The fee per car at this National Park was $25 to drive in, good for 7 days.  The Utah State Parks charge $15 per car, just a FYI.  While driving to the Delicate Arch we saw many other famous rocks.

First we saw Balancing Rock.

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Balancing Rock

We then drove past the Window. From there we drove directly to the Delicate Arch. The hike was listed as Moderate. It was mostly flat, with a few areas you had to step up onto rocks, as well as a few steep inclines. It was very doable. The total hike was 3 miles round trip. It takes roughly 2.5 hours, however once we were at the Delicate Arch we sat and just took it in for a few hours. While hiking we found another window. From this arch (window) you can see the main Delicate Arch.

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From inside the Window Arch looking towards Delicate Arch

This window is a steep incline to get into, just a heads up. TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Next the Delicate Arche is just around the corner from here. About a 5 minute walk.

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An Arch at the Arch

There was about 100 people waiting for their picture at the Arch so you basically have to wait in line or just jump in where you can.

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ALO Yoga Attire with Nikes

Later that day we went to eat after the girls finished their marathon at a place called Peace Tree Cafe.  The food was made fresh and was delicious, they even stamped their logo on the hamburger buns, it was cute.  Brit wanted to go see the Dead Horse Point at sunset so we jumped in the car. I’d say its 30-45 min away from the Arches National Park entrance.  We didn’t do a hike, we just went the scenic route on this one. There was 2 lookout points we made a stop at.

The first one:

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Second stop further up the canyon: Dead Horse Point

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Dead Horse Point

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Let me just say these pictures didn’t do it justice. (swoon)

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Day 2:

We woke up to a lovely brunch cooked by Nicole. We had planned a day full of hikes, however the weather decided differently on our plans. It was quite a snow storm when we woke up so we waited some of it out before ultimately deciding to go to a hiking/lookout point to see if it was worth the hike.

We drove back to Canyonlands National Park to see the Mesa Arch.  The hike was ranked ‘Easy’ and it about .6 miles round trip. We can all thank Caitlin for all of her extra clothes she randomly had in her car. We had not planned for a winter hike, but apparently she had.  I borrowed her boots and thank goodness I did!!  This could have been a cake walk hike minus the snow that made things a little slippery.

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MESA Arch

 

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After this shot we hiked back out and headed home. This was a short trip, but filled with so many magnificent views and memories.  Thanks for reading! Please like and follow my blog for more adventures to come! XO-G.

We took a Go Pro with us to capture the memories. Thanks to Nicole for filming and Jeremy for editing. Check it out!

Video of us dancing at Mesa Arch:

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