Sunday, February 16, 2020

Landscape Arch and Others at Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

After finishing the Delicate Arch hike, we had a picnic, then explored other arches including Landscape Arch, the Window Arches, and Balanced Rock. 

By the end of the day, Carson's FitBit showed we had hiked for 11.5 miles (25,000 steps).  We were exhausted.

Landscape Arch

Our picnic table.

The hike to Landscape Arch starts with this huge rock wall.

The trail was slushy and muddy.

The Landscape Arch was incredible.  Snow on the top was melting into drops glistening in the sun.

Taking a break.

Pine Tree Arch

The Window Arches (viewed from another arch).

Balanced Rock.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, UT

We had a great time with Phil and his kids at a condo that we rented in Moab, UT.

We started by hiking to the iconic Delicate Arch.  It is 3 mile round trip hike, uphill most of the way there.  Unfortunately, the last stretch of the hike is cut into a rock cliff and partially covered with ice and snow. 

The view at the top was well worth the hike.

The trail up to the arch:

Hanging out at the condo:

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park is in the middle of Utah, which also happens to be the middle of nowhere, but it is well worth the drive.  This is the most fun nature park our kids have been to and was just as incredible for the adults.

Years of erosion left this valley entirely filled with sandstone 'goblins'.  Each goblin is unique and interesting to see.  But the best part about it is that the state doesn't force to you keep your distance.  You are allowed to get up close and personal with the goblins, climbing in, over and through them.  

We found a narrow cave, that after crawling about 30 feet, it opened to this small room.

Some areas were a little tricky to navigate.

But some were just so inviting to relax.

Carson and Jace testing how much they can scare their parents by standing so close to the edge.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Capitol Reef National Park is filled with incredibly dramatic red rock cliffs.  While we've seen many of them throughout Utah and Arizona, these were still impressive.

When the family started feeling a little road sick from the windy road, we pulled over for a little while and Tucker found this great climbing tree.

Butch Cassidy Childhood Home, Garfield County, Utah

Since moving near Butch Cassidy's old stompin' grounds, we've been reading more about him and were able to visit his childhood home.  It was a very nicely restored cabin with signs explaining a little bit about him.