“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” -Edward Abbey.
This post has been a looooooong time coming! In March, over Spring Break, I went to both New York City (Read about that trip HERE) and Moab, UT. It was great to be able to spend a week free from the pressures of school to invest in my future career (New York City) and in my mental health. If the past couple of brutal months have taught me anything, it’s the necessity of wilderness to our human spirits.
It was a weekend of off-roading, good eats and dusty red trails. I was pleasantly surprised by how tame the hike into the world famous Delicate Arch was! This was my first time ever doing it. Can you believe that?! What a shame!
The sunset soaked the rock in a golden glow. For the first time in months, I felt that I was able to sit and not stew. I sat listening to the wind blow over the ancient sandstone. The shrieks of kids running about in excitement and foreign chitchat of expressions of wonderment soothed my over-worked mind. The red rock was the perfect reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The next morning we went on a very cool (literally) boat ride. This is the second time I’ve been out on the mighty Colorado River with Moab Jett. They’re great people and I would suggest a trip down the river with them to anyone visiting Moab!
The scenery, oh the scenery…
The off road potential in Moab, UT is limitless! I took Blaze (my lil black out jeep) out for some sunset adventuring. My mother and Aunt squirmed in their seats around every cliff side. It was the weekend of the Easter Jeep Crawl so the trails were abuzz with Jeepers. I was surrounded by the best of the best. Their passion for jeeping rubbed off on me. I’m gonna need some bigger tires and some taller trails…
Other basic Moab tips…
- Where to eat… Blu Pig BBQ for blues and BBQ or Zax’s for pizza and pasta.
- Catch a movie! There’s a darling little movie theater.
- Take the La Sal Mountain Road–gorgeous views.
- Go off season. You’ll avoid the crowds and unbearable heat.
- Get in the car and explore. Near Moab you can hit Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, or 9 Mile Canyon.
If you know of any hot springs in the Moab area, will you pass that info on? I think that’s really the only thing this weekend adventure is missing!
If you take nothing else from this blog post, I hope it’s a renewed desire to get out and take care of yourself–take care of your human spirit.
As always, happy hiking!