Due to a little unintended negotiating in the way the work schedules worked themselves out (if you know what I mean), I was left with a bunch of free time before Amy and I left for Ghana. So on the Monday before, we drove to one of the great places of the world, Moab, to do a bit of exploring. We at least wanted to see Morning Glory Natural Bridge (the fifth-largest rockspan/arch in the world, for what good that information's worth).
dinnertime at Eddie McStiff's!
We picked the Landmark Inn after much calling around and trying to weasel out the cheapest rate. It ended up being a great deal--and we got hooked up anyway (probably helped that it was a Monday night). We played in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub and waterslide until past 11:00.
nightswimming deserves a Moab night
By the look on my face you'd think we had amazing speed here. We didn't.
Jarom loved blocking the flow of water
a tasty continental breakfast-in-bedroom can't be beat
early morning out on the trail
negro bill creek
Basking in the sun. The day was mostly overcast, so we rejoiced whenever his holiness the sun came out.
we were subject to some pretty little flowers
Jarom needed a break
Little hiker. I think he's holding a stick "sword." More on that later.
up the rocks
our desert is so beautiful
a sandgame before arriving
there it is! Morning Glory Natural Bridge (though it's really an arch). It's huge, looming overhead. Some canyoneering folk were rappelling down it when we arrived.
the closest we got to a family pose by the arch
Oey shenanigans, with stick and branch weapons
Headed back now. You can see Morning Glory way back there.
Indian paintbrushes! Family favorite.
You can almost even make out some clouds here above Bella.
See this snake? It raced right across the trail as we were hauling down a hill, and nearly caused the whole family to fall, a chain reaction.
eyeing the wilderness
More sun! Like a lizard, Jarom finds a cave.
Then we went out to Mill Canyon, first stopping at this old stage station that used to service passengers traveling between the railroad stops at Moab and Thompson.
We trekked the short Mill Canyon trail to see fossilized dinosaur bones in situ. That's right people, where they lay. Though that's the kind of thing you see in Utah, I guess.
All that's left of an old smelter
this guy popped up from nowhere, above the smelter
HDR image, showing the contrasts
We walked back to the car and headed home. The end of our little excursion.