desert trip : moab, utah
I love a good beach or big city trip, but there's nothing as refreshing as being forced to totally unplug - which was the case a few weeks ago while in Utah. Indian Creek and Moab are two of Pete's most favorite places in the whole world, and I hadn't ever been. A few trip highlights are recapped here - but for a real true nitty gritty climbers / campers guide...you'd have to ask my fiancé!
-We camped every night. Comfy sleeping pads, soft pillows, great sleeping bags, and falling asleep to the sounds of nature (or sometimes, dead silence in the desert) truly make for a restful nights sleep.
-We spent a few nights camping at Indian Creek Super Bowl and then moved up to the Fisher Towers. The chilly mornings turned out to be one of my favorite parts of each day - bundling up in a puffer jacket and hat, crawling out of the tent, and sipping hot coffee while Pete would make a big hot breakfast of eggs and oatmeal over the campfire stove.
See + Visit:
-Upon arriving into the town of Moab, I checked out the cool little shops and restaurants, and we had the best breakfast at Eklecticafe. Throughout the next few days, we packed in a lot...
-We climbed up Looking Glass Rock and took the biggest ever rope swing down.
-Drove to Newspaper Rock to check out the petroglyphs.
-Drove through Arches National Park and parked alongside of the road to go canyoneering - where you basically repel your way down into what feels like another planet, then later we drove on to get a peek at the famous (aka tourist attraction) Delicate Arch - it's what's pictured on every Utah license plate.
-Stopped at road side stands to buy some super fresh + local fruit.
-On our way to Fisher Towers we dropped into Castle Creek Winery to pick up some good red + white, and cheese + crackers to enjoy around the campfire. (Although I can rough it, I can also appreciate some good food + wine at the same time!)
-We hiked up the Fisher Towers (and if you have a serious climber with you like I did, go for it and work your way up the most incredible + scary + exhilarating climb up Ancient Art.)
-Fly straight into Moab via Boutique Air out of Denver - they make you feel like you're on a private jet, and it's the most scenic flight ever. Although I flew out, Pete had driven out several days beforehand to get some big climbs in and bring all the necessary camping + climbing gear.
-Pack warm clothes for cold nights, and cooler clothing for warmer days.
-Prepare to unplug big time - we literally didn't have any cell service for 48 hours. Enjoy being completely disconnected from the rest of the world!
(after a climb up + rope swing down at looking glass)
(our campsite view at fisher towers)
(hiking up fisher towers before climbing up ancient art)
(petroglyphs at newspaper rock)
(canyoneering down 200 ft into another world)
(woke up to this view at indian creek)
(on the summit of ancient art!)
(pete climbing in indian creek)