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Trip Report Utah and Photos

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I normally like to spend more time in each spot, but this was a short weekend trip to fill in a few gaps of some places that we had missed on previous trips.

We started out in Arches at 6:00am. My daughter and I had been before, but this was my wife first visit. I decided to see Delicate Arch in the morning rather than at sunset. This turned out to be great. Just us and 2 other families at the top. This allowed us to stand under that arch as long as we wanted to. Plus, it gave us a cool start on the incline. It was my wifes favorite hike of the trip. We also saw Double Arch, The Windows, Turret Arch, Balanced Rock, and Landscape Arch. We were eating lunch in Moab by 12:30 at The Love Muffin. Good sandwiches and salads, but some a/c would have been nice.

We were then off to Little Wildhorse Canyon. We all enjoyed it. This was my 2nd time there, but my wife and daughter hadn't been before. We didn't hike as far as I would have liked because it was pretty deep with water. We did get to see the most narrow portion of it though. We then headed off to Goblin Valley. This might be my favorite area in Utah. Again, it was wife and daughters first visit there. We had burgers and a shake at Stan's Burger Shack in Hanksville which was decent. We then spent the night @ Austin's Chuckwagon in Torrey. That was a lot for one day so we didn't have any problem sleeping.

Day 2 --Drove through Capitol Reef which was extra green and pretty. Had pie at The Gifford House/orchard area under the trees. Dutch Apple and Strawberry/Rhubarb. One pie is enough for two people. Just saw a few deer, not many. We didn't do any hiking at all in Cap Reef.

We then headed down Hwy 12 to Devils Garden in Escalante. The Hogsback will get your attention. The Devils Garden turned out to be a little better than I thought it might be. Very Nice!! Calf Creek Falls was a nice hike. I thought the water was around 75 degrees, so I was suprised that it was in the 40 degrees when we were there. Very Very cold, but I did manage for a short swim in it. We had peanut butter and jelly sandwichess for a picnic at the falls. Man did they taste good after that hike. It was an easy hike, but a little more than what I had expected it to be. We had chicken strips, etc at Ruby's for dinner that evening and got checked into our cabin at Bryce Lodge. We were close to the rim and we did walk a little from Sunrise to Sunset points that eveing. We did run into a bit of snow on HWY 12 a couple of times. Just a few flakes. Very awesome drive!!

Day 3- I was the only one up and going with energy this morning. Sunrise turned out to be very very overcast, so it wasn't a good one at all. I decided to do the "all day" horse ride. This is basically Peek a Boo Loop. It was supposed to last 4.5 hours but really was only about 3 hours. It was good and I was a little sore from the riding, so probably best that it didn't last any longer than it did. My wife and daughter slept in. That afternoon we hiked Navajo Loop and Queens Garden. A very pretty hike!!!! Out of energy, we drove to the end of the park and stopped at several of the overlook areas. Had a nice dinner at the Lodge. Our room had a fireplace and was about a 2 minute walk to the rim, very nice!!

Day 4- Had breakfast at the lodge. Huevos Ranchero for me and wife had oatmeal. Both were good. My daughter just wanted coffee. She is 17 and I would guess that the guy that waited our table was about 20. He went all out with his flirting. He told her that he just couldn't understand why she wanted just coffee. Anyway, he brought the coffee out with piles and piles of whipped cream around the plate and lots of fruits sprinkled on the plate and the cup of coffee in the middle. We all laughed about it, including the waiter. I had hoped to see Cedar Breaks, but it was closed due to the record snow. We did hike Mossy Cave. The cave wasn't really much, but I thought the waterfall was a decent one. We then headed towards St. George to catch our late afternoon flight home. Daughter had to be back for a couple of summer college courses she is taking this summer. We did drive the scenic route(Cedar Breaks road). Lots of trees down from damage as a result of heavy snowfall, I am guessing. We also drove along the road to Kolob Canyon section of Zion. I had no idea it was just 10 minutes from the hwy like that.

A very short but rewarding trip. None of us had seen Bryce before and it certainly is a very pretty place.

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