We arrived in Moab two days ago, having had a blessedly eventfree journey across the country. We were really fortunate with the weather, it sounds like we dodged a bunch of storms moving across the country. We had some
chilly weather at night, but that just made for better sleeping.
After being in mostly isolated areas on our trip across, Moab is a beehive of activity. May is the busiest month here and every outdoor enthusiast in the world seems to be here. There are Jeep rallys, Bronco rallys, Toyota rallys, ATV’s, redrock bicyclists, dirt bikers, cliff rappellers, freeclimbers, RV’s and tenters everywhere. Everyone is covered in red dust with big smiles on their faces. What fun!
We decided to set out on a hike yesterday afternoon. One that we thought would be relatively easy and allow us to test out our legs, camelbacks and was dog friendly – Corona Arch. Wow, it was a bit more than we expected for our first hike. Only 3 miles total, but it involved hiking up slickrock, holding onto cables, climbing moki steps (steps that have been carved into the slickrock) and climbing a ladder.
We saw many dogs on the trail but they were all big dogs, none the size of Laia. She was amazing, scrabbling up the rocks. The only thing she couldn’t do was climb the moki steps, so Leonard had to carry her up. They didn’t climb the ladder either but went a longer way around, over the slickrock. Since we’re in Indian territory we decided Laia’s Indian name should be “Red Paws”.
At one point we were sitting in the shade taking a break and a very large, happy group of people came past us. There was a woman wearing a white sundress?, someone had a ukulele in their backpack and someone else was carrying flowers. It was a wedding party! They headed up to Bow Tie Arch, which was adjacent to Corona Arch. It had amazing acoustics with echos that reverberated across the canyon. A woman sang, they had the ceremony and then we heard champagne corks and firecrackers. How lucky we were to witness that.
Amazingly, while all that was going on at nearby Corona Arch, there were guys jumping off the Arch. We don’t really know what to call what they were doing, it wasn’t a bungee cord, but a rope and they would jump off the top and swing through the Arch. We have video that we hope to have a link to eventually. It was a great day. We made it down intact with Leonard’s running shoes being the only thing that suffered from the hike. Not bad.
Today we have reservations at Arches National Park for 3 days and I don’t know if we will have cell reception. More adventures to follow.