I woke just as the sun was hitting the horizon. Not really knowing what kinds of views to expect, I got out of the KJ, grabbed the camera, and wandered out to the previously forbidden area to see what dangers awaited us in the dark the night before.
In addition to the
rather impressive drop-off that we were now camped on top of, I could
also catch the first rays of the morning sun. It made for some stellar
The scene back at camp...
Aaron joins me for the view.
grabbing a quick bite to eat and packing up a few things, we head out
to find the trails. The idea was to keep the trails pretty tame as we
had a long drive ahead of us... not only to finish driving the rest of
the way to Santa Monica, but the whole trip back to Chicago as well. So
we collective decided that some light wheeling out to Mussleman Arch by
way of Shaffer Trail and White Rim Trail would be the way to go.
Views from the top near the Island in the Sky visitor center.
And the view from the bottom of Shaffer Trail, looking back up to the top... where we had just come from.
JL and Aaron at Mussleman Arch.
Just dig these surroundings!
They're kind of a big deal...
Heading back into Moab proper, we took the Potash Road... also leading us past some pretty sweet scenes.
We spent some time in town, grabbed some coffee, re-fueled and took the Long Canyon route back up to our camp.
The famous rock...
hoping for a great sunset, but again, was greeted with overcast-ness.
This second night at "The Spot" was significantly colder and more windy
than the night before. We corralled the KJ and the Runner to try to
block the wind to prevent an erratic campfire, and we were all forced
into our warmer gear. I remember waking up early, early in the morning
to the sound of rain... though it had stopped once we got up the next