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Vacation Day 71/90 - Last Hike in Moab

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We have enjoyed our time here; we are 10 minutes outside of Arches National Park and about an hour away from Canyonlands National Park. We have hiked both parks pretty extensively and enjoyed them immensely. As we wind our way from one national park/national monument to another, I truly understand why these areas have been set aside for the enjoyment of all. They are beautiful and unique. I am so grateful for these national treasures.

Yesterday, on an impulse, we turned down a road that had a sign for "Castle Valley". As it turned out, it was the "Colorado Riverway", a scenic byway that meanders next to the Colorado River. The sheer rock walls soar up hundreds of feet. To think that this river, over the course of millions of years, carved out the canyon is just impossible to really grasp. The power of water!

We discovered a trail and got up early this morning to hike it. It was called the Negro Bill Canyon Trail. It was so lovely! A large portion of it was in the shade because of the narrow canyon, and also because there is a lot of vegetation -- it follows a stream. In fact, we crossed the stream 11 times!

The really cool part is the Morning Glory Bridge at the end of the trail. It is the 6th largest arch in the world! (At least that's what the sign said.)

And, the big payoff was watching a group of young people rappelling off the arch!

Tomorrow morning we leave for Salt Lake City. We are scheduled to be there four nights, and the highlight for me will be seeing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the Sunday morning service. This may be the end of the line for the vacation, but that's not decided yet. It's supposed to be super-hot in SLC but then our next move would be north, to Grand Teton National Park, and it's a lot cooler in Wyoming. So we shall see!

Have a great day, Sparkfans!
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