Before moving to Colorado I didn’t know too much about the slice of heaven that is Moab, Utah. Or really the desert, in general. Hah.

I had seen pictures of the Delicate Arch and watched videos of beautiful models crack climbing in Indian Creek. But the likelihood of death by snakes and/or dehydration kept me away for a while.

Then some nursing school friends wanted to go out for a long weekend. Somewhere between hiking in Arches National Park and climbing the seemingly endless sandstone, I become a convert. When can I move there?

Arches National Park
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park.

So in between then and now, we have gone to Moab three more times.

There are so many desert activities to choose from!!

We have gone climbing in Indian Creek.

Indian Creek Climbing
Dan+Argus+Me
Indian Creek Climbing
“Crack climbing” – ie, I can’t crack climb…

We have hiked in Canyonlands National Park.

Big Spring and Elephant Canyons Loop:

Canyonlands National Park Big Spring and Elephant Canyons Loop
Canyonlands Nation Park – Needles District.
Canyonlands National Park Big Spring and Elephant Canyons Loop
Neat-o rock formation.
Elephant and Big Spring Canyon Canyonlands National Park
We have matching hats.
Elephant and Big Spring Canyon Canyonlands National Park
My hat in another pose.
Elephant and Big Spring Canyon Canyonlands National Park
Elephant and Big Spring Canyon Loop trail.

“We” “mountain biked” the Slick Rock Trail. I walked my bike about 70% of the day. Not the right trail for the first time mountain biking, oops..

Slick Rock Trail Mountain Biking Utah
Lookit those mountains.
Slick Rock Trail Utah
Contemplating how to walk as much as possible.
Slick Rock Trail Utah
Someone actually mountain biking.

We went canyoneering in Granary Canyon.

Desert gear
We need more helmets/stuff.
Granary Canyon Utah
Rappelling pic #1.
Granary Canyon Utah
Rappelling pic #2.

On our last trip we went with some friends to Robber’s Roost. Roadtrip Ryan’s site provided some good info.

There was canyoneering in White Roost. And there was canyoneering in the North Fork of Robber’s Roost.

White Roost Canyoneering Utah
Tight squeeze.
Canyoneering Robbers Roost Moab Utah
Every piece of soft gear/clothing got shredded. Lesson learned: bring only crappy or re-inforced gear into a canyon like this.

One of those canyons involved rappelling into a cold, murky water pit that produced a lot of good shrieking/wailing.

Robbers Roost Canyoneering Utah
That’s some murky water to jump into…

We usually get out of tight section and it opens up and we eat and rejoice in living to see another day. IT’S THAT EXTREME.

Robbers Roost Canyoneering Utah
Relief that we out smarted the swamp monster.
Robbers Roost Canyoneering Utah
Out of the canyon.

Basically the Moab area is a gigantic desert playground and I look forward to moving there forever.

The end.

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