From Goblins to the capital of crazy human tricks

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Where I stayed
Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground Moab
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Drive from Goblin to Moab

Flag of United States  , Utah
Monday, July 11, 2011

Got up around 8 and Quique and I took a little stroll in the Goblin Valley. Only one other couple there so it was nice and peaceful. Pretty much these Goblins look like mushroom shaped rocks jutting out from a flat floor in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Once Quique got going she was running up and down these Goblin rocks. Back at the RV we just chilled out and read for an hour in the silent campground until it was time to pack-up and head for Moab.

The drive was just over 100 miles. Just to get on a state road we had to travel on these small roads for 15 miles over the rolling landscape dotted with tall mesas and buttes. The same landscape was with us when we headed north on Utah 24 for 30 more miles until we hit the I-70. This was the first time we were on an interstate in almost a month. Not that I miss it. Getting back home we'll have to spend three straight days on the interstate so they do serve a purpose. But it is nice taking the slow road. We were only on the I-70 for 30 miles and then it was south for another 20 miles to the outdoor capital of Utah – Moab.

It is very much a tourist town. But not in a bad way. Lots of outdoor things to do here so not many lazy attractions like you find in Gatlinburg back in the Smokies. And so far no airbrush t-shirt shops. After we set up we walked to lunch at the Moab Brewery – the walk was only 5 min. The food and brew was good there. They also make their own gelato or Italian ice cream, but they did not have my two flavors of strawberry or lemon so I did not get one.

During the late afternoon we took a walk into town to see what it was like. The downtown area is just under a mile away so not a long walk. Nice little shops and restaurants for the most part. First we went into this outdoor store that had as many things as an REI but stuffed into a quarter of the area. Cool place but I’m not really needing any gear. Even though this is an outdoor Mecca, I’m mostly staying on the safe side with regular hikes and maybe a few easy bike rides. If I break something out here there is no way to get the RV back home. Soon, a regular afternoon thunderstorm came rolling through Moab so we ducked into a used book store so Pooh could find something to read. After another block the heavens were released upon us so we sought shelter at the welcome center for about 30 min. From here we walked through the downtown tourist district and went into a ton of stores selling all kinds of shirts and other tourist curios. One shop did have some good shirts on the cheap so Pooh got a few. At another outdoor shop I found some good Carhart shorts for cheap. Several good restaurants lined the area too. Looks like we’ll be eating out a few times here with all the good choices.

Back at the RV we got our grocery list and went to the store here. It is owned by Kroger so the prices were not that bad for out here. Plus I got to use my Kroger card. However, I did not have enough points to get the 10cents off a gallon so I got my diesel somewhere else. The store was very busy for a Monday night. There were these German teenagers filming themselves riding all over the store in the electric wheelchair. Kind of crazy. The one thing about this trip is there are a ton of Germans at the National Parks. Good for them –they travel well. Some of them even ship their RV’s over here.

After the store it was time to take it easy and get a nap in.
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