Erica was the first Minnesota friend to come visit me and go South. We went to Moab together over the past weekend to do some desert camping and visit Arches National Park. Just Erica and I, a girls trip. I really like camping in the desert and finally got to show it off to a Minnesotan who had no idea how different it could be!! I’m pretty sure she had a good time.
We woke up early on Friday morning and left Park City to try to get to Moab in time to find a good campsite before all those people who worked a 1/2 day or weren’t able to leave as early. We got to Moab around noon and it wasn’t early enough – we searched over 2 hours for a site! I’m not telling anyone where our site was, but you can see what it looks like from the photo above. Not bad huh? I was doing some ipod yoga.
For those of you that don’t know.. most of the camping in Moab is on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and it’s first come, first served. There’s official camping areas and sites, but only a limited number of sites per area.
Another view of our campsite.. Not too bad at all!
After we got our site all set up, we went for an 8 mile run – I’m starting my summer of training a little early and Erica’s still trained from the 1/2 marathon she did in March, so we took advantage of the situation and went on a trail run by our campsite. It was pretty hot! It was probably in the 80’s with no shade and not enough water. We got back to the campsite and drank a ton of water before starting dinner. Here’s a photo of Erica cooking dinner. We had pasta.. it was delicious!
On Saturday we went to Arches National Park and did a lot of hiking. Erica’s headed up to Dark Angel – this is about 3 miles of hiking worth into the park.
We saw Double O Arch, which is named that because there’s actually an arch on top of it. Erica and I are standing below another arch.
This is the top part of the Double O Arch.
Erica was so amazed how different the desert is, she loved all the rock formations and kept referring to them as something else. I believe there is a “fin” behind her and even further behind, I think she called it “movie theatre seats”. Her descriptions are not at all like what I think of.
Wee! I found a “waterslide”
After almost 6 miles of hiking we got back to the car and I wanted just one more hike, something like a mile or so. Erica was too tired so I went to see The Windows Arch by myself.
The Windows Arches. The one on the right is North Window and the left is South Window.
On the way back to the campsite, we got some fountain soda with a lot of ice and went back to the site and had margaritas with our fajitas. After a long day hiking in the sun, it was perfect!