Canyon Lands near Moab, UT
Milo was so excited as we started our walk this morning. It has been 5 days since we took our morning walk together. Milo was so excited he "bounced" down the driveway. After we raised the flag and started toward the fork in the road, he told me he wanted to hear about the trip to Moab, Utah. Moab is a special place for us. It seems to have a connection to Boulder. Moab is surrounded by things that we love to do. There is rafting down the Colorado or Green rivers, cycling, hiking and camping. It is also a great place to take some fantastic photos. Moab is also the home of our friends, Bob and Bebe. People from Boulder are always going to Moab, a short six hours to the west.
300 million years ago, much of what is now the great American west was under an inland ocean and was located near the equator. Over time, the mountains pushed up and the plates shifted causing the ocean to dry. These events caused the ocean floor tobe exposed, leaving the now visible sedimentary rock. Wind and rain have eroded the rock giving us the beautiful views we have today.
We usually spend the summer solstice with Bob and Bebe's daughter, Terry and her husband, Dale at Hog Hollow in the northern Colorado Rockies. This year, Hog Hollow is under major reconstruction so our Sunshine Canyon Summer Solstice YaYa Sisterhood Reunion took place in Moab. We usually camp out so we were lucky we could participate in the Great American Backyard Campout at the same time. The tempature was around 100 each day but it cooled off at night. Sleeping under the stars was great. We watched the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle fly over in the evening, and counted satellites as we watched the stars. We had about 18 people attend.
The drive west on Interstate 70 took us through the Eisenhower Tunnel, which is the continental divide and down past Dillon, Colorado, and continued to Vail. We stopped in Glenwood Springs, Colorado for lunch and the drove on to Moab. Each community is a vacation destination on it's own.
Be safe and remember, never kick a fresh cow chip on a hot day.