Moab Weekend Trip

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.

Goals

Let's talk goals. These are my main four right now. I'm hoping that getting these down in writing will hold me accountable. 

Run a full marathon. This goal only popped up a few months ago, but it's one my mind won't let go of. When I ran my first half marathon in 2014, I thought that was the furthest distance I'd ever want to race. I was wrong. The thing with running is that once you do it enough, you become addicted. You constantly crave the next challenge. I'm addicted to how happy running makes me, how it pushes me harder than I ever knew I could and the feeling every time a finish line is crossed. I signed up for the Ogden Marathon in May. I've been afraid of saying it out loud because there's always that self-doubt about whether I can actually do it or not. I just need to quit worrying and start doing. Six more months!

Visit Iceland. This has been on the tip-top of my list forever. I dream of backpacking across Iceland and witnessing firsthand the glacial landscapes, mountains, volcanoes, beaches and northern lights. It looks like the most beautiful place. I always ask myself why this hasn't happened yet. I'm committed to making this trip a reality. Other places on my to-visit list: Morocco, Japan.

Expand my line of illustrated paper goods. Once upon a time, I used to design and illustrate my own calendars. I did it for three years and it was so rewarding to know that people liked my work and wanted to display it in their homes. I haven't had the time to do a lot of personal work lately but I want to grow my brand into more than what it currently is. I'd love to get my own line of paper goods going—calendars, prints, greeting cards, journals.

Run a race in every state. Yes, this one even sounds crazy to me, but I'd like to run a half marathon distance (or further) in every state. I can't even imagine what it would be like to attempt or complete this, but the thought of seeing and experiencing a portion of every state by running with my own two feet makes me excited. I've got two states down. Only forty-eight more to go.

What are some of your goals?