Why go to Utah?

Trip Start Jul 20, 2011
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Arches National Park

Flag of United States  , Utah
Friday, July 22, 2011

Before going on this trip I mentioned to quite a few people that I would be traveling cross-country and that the goal destination was Utah. "Why are you going to Utah?" people would cry in distress. Because Utah is freakin' gorgeous, that's why. Now there may be political and religious reasons to avoid this state, but if you want to see some beautiful rocks... come on down, Utah is the place to be.
We woke up late this morning and headed out of Colorado and drove the short trip across the border into Utah. Almost immediately the scenery changed from the purple mountains of Colorado and into the dry rusty peaks of Utah. It took almost no time to find Arches National Park and we cruised right in. Arches is breath taking. Seriously. It's. Gore. Jus.
We were able to drive through most of the park and then stop here and there to take pictures and explore, which is good because today was sweltering and the sun was high in the sky. The overall feeling of Arches is a series of piles of deep burgundy rocks that look as if they have been stacked and leaned precariously together and then forgotten about. Near the top are rounded, sand scraped knobs that appear about to fall. The foundation is curved layers of ridges that look as if they have been left by a brush in thick oil paint. Breath taking, all of it.
Finally we found the arches and it was worth the search. The arches that are the visual representation of Utah (if you don't count Mormons) were just as amazing as the postcards that line metal racks in every nearby gas station. We hiked up the parched, rough stone path and curved around a massive outcrop of rocks to find them there, looking so perfectly constructed. It is amazing to think that these were carved from stone by blowing gusts of sandy wind until they were whittled away to these skeletal arches. After a few dozen more pictures we were ready to head back in to town.
After a morning of driving and hiking Luke and I were both famished. We drove into Moab, the nearest town to see what we could find. Moab is a tourist town and like all tourist towns it means a lot of overly priced food. We did a bit of searching but couldn't find anything better than $17 pasta dishes. Um? No. Finally, frustrated we turned to Eddie McStiff's for food. Seriously. Thankfully the food was pretty tasty and despite the fact that they served bar food they pressed their own Miso (as in the soup) and made a french fry dipping sauce (you can't make this stuff up) that was super tasty. Good enough for me.
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering through Moab, trying to dodge the heat and the glaring sun. Unfortunately along with the over priced food, most of this little tourist town is full of over priced, cheap knick-knack stuffs and even more over priced "art" inspired by the nearby rock formations. While this may be interesting to paw through for a while it isn't worth more than an afternoon's worth of time. Yep, that's right. Tomorrow we move on.

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Luke on

They really should re-name the town "Kokopelli Kitsch" for all the supposed "art" they are foisting on innocent tourists. And just about every other person on the street there seemed to be speaking German or Swedish...makes me wonder how much art deco gecko things are sitting on European mantles.

beckiablaze on

We go there and bring things here, they come here and bring things back there. At least the trivia folks loved their resin scorpion and who doesn't love the stink bugs... I mean snake mugs.

Jacob on

I live hear it is the best if you go hear go to lake powell or Moab just go south.

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