The morning after staying in Goblin Valley, we packed up and headed the few hours to Arches National Park and Moab in southeast Utah. Arches has made the list of my top 5 favorite national parks. The landscape is so interesting and beautiful, every time I turned around I saw something new. “Wow” is something I said A LOT.
The only hike we did that afternoon was the one to Delicate Arch. We made the 1.5 mile trek in a record time of 30 minutes. Not sure what got into me but I lead the charge up the hill. I think I was so excited to finally see it that I just went, not really thinking about how fast we were going. But no worries, since we made it up just fine.
After the arch we went up River Road to Red Cliffs Lodge to see the Castle Creek Winery, but alas, it was closed for the season. We did go in to the lodge to ask a few questions, and soon found ourselves in an obscure Moab Movie Museum. It was a commemoration of the movies and commercials made in the beautiful Utah desert, including John Wayne movies, Indiana Jones, and MacGyver.
We soon headed back toward town for dinner, then headed back up the road a few miles to a campground. Because it was so cold in Goblin Valley the night before, and Lauren's sleeping bag zipper was broken, we laid the seats flat in Dani's Honda Fit and all three of us snuggled up in the back. Snug as bugs. Though, lesson learned on not cracking a window to allow more oxygen in to the car. We all woke up the next morning short of breath and too warm.
What an adventure!