Moab Trip #1

Oh Moab. Memorial Day came around and we couldn't let the day off go to waste! So we headed down to Moab for a nice 24 hour adventure. This time around the adventure team included James, Alyssa, and Vanessa too.

We made it in good time with enough daylight to set up camp. Problem #1 - we didn't reserve a campsite. Memorial Day Weekend deciding to go to Moab on a whim = NOTHING AVAILABLE. We knew it would be busy...but we just figured it would add to the adventure. Well, it added, that's for sure. The next two hours of searching is a story I'll reserve for another time. As we contemplated sleeping in the parking lot of a gas station, the owner told us about a HUGE music festival, Desert Rocks, going on about 20 miles up the road. Apparently, 2,000 people were in attendance and no one was reserving campsites out there in the middle of nowhere! Finally we found it and I couldn't have been more excited. There, out in the boonies was a full stage set up, tons of booths with hippies selling stickers and Bob Marley t-shirts, and a rockin' concert going on! PLUS we found the best campsite just a few miles down the road. Win.

The next day we just played around Arches National Park.

Photo cred: Jesse

Photo cred: Jesse

Photo cred: Jesse

Photo cred: Jesse

Photo cred: Vanessa Oler

Here's the gang...

Photo cred: Vanessa

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Photo cred: Vanessa

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Photo cred: Vanessa Oler

We saw way too many signs like this...

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Or ones saying "this is not a designated campground area." I guess we aren't the only ones who've been desperate for a campsite!

I think I fell on my face right after this picture.

Photo cred: Vanessa

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We wanted to hit Delicate Arch at sunset, but we also knew we'd be starving by then, so Jesse loaded his Osprey backpack with all of the essentials and we started the hike up.

Photo cred: Jesse

The wind is SUPER loud in this one so just turn down the volume...but it's worth it to watch just to see what surprises came out of Jesse's pack.

So... on top of Delicate Arch, we cooked 3 different types of soup/chili in our jet boil, roasted marshmallows, shared an entire watermelon with our new friends around us, and watched the sun set over the arch!

Photo cred: Vanessa Oler

Photo cred: Vanessa Oler

We all decided this would be the best way to cut the watermelon...

Viva Moab! We'll see you again for the Massive Moab Trip! TBC