I spent the past weekend down in Moab, Utah for one last little vacation before the stress of the holidays hits. Moab is a four hour drive away and it's so interesting to see the whole landscape change on the way there. It goes from cities with snowy mountains to the most gigantic red-hued formations and canyons. Geof kept saying how "outrageous" the scenery was. The colors and scale of the landforms were pretty incredible.
We visited Arches National Park on Saturday and decided to trail run to Double O Arch and Delicate Arch (we walked the scary parts or when we got tired). This was such a fun way to experience the surroundings and allowed us to hit more arches on our list than we normally would have! The air was crisp and chilly and I definitely didn't pack enough layers (luckily, running warms you up pretty quickly). Since it's November, there were way less tourists than there would have been in the summer season. I liked that. We sometimes had the longest stretches of the hike to ourselves.
We also stopped to see Sand Dune Arch and Balanced Rock. This was my third time down at Arches and I'll never get used to how pretty it is. When we headed back downtown that night, I really craved a giant bowl of pasta. We had dinner at Pasta Jay's on Main Street. I ordered the Pasta Noto and it was delicious (artichokes + mushrooms + tomato cream sauce + garlic bread = amazing).
On Sunday, we made a stop at Dead Horse Point State Park on the way home. We took the walking trail around the whole area and just couldn't stop taking photos. Dead Horse Point overlooks the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park and there was the most beautiful scenery in every direction, as far as you could see. It really felt like you were on top of the world.
Every time I explore Utah, I'm amazed at what a unique place it is. There's so much variety and it's seriously the best state for anyone who loves the outdoors. Utah really is one of a kind.