Moab Vacation 2006
03 Nov 2006 - 05 Nov 2006
Every year we try to get up to Moab, Utah as a trip away from the kids. If
you've never been there, you've got to go. Not only is there tons of outdoors
stuff to go see and do, there's usually some event going on every weekend like
bicyclist competetions, 4x4 (vehicles and ATVs), base jumping, trial bikes
Make sure you do your homework before visiting. You'll want to see what
events are going on and how early you want to book your rooms. Depending on
the event, the rooms can fill up really fast. Also, you'll want to decide
what you want to go see. You could literally spend a week up there and not
hit a tenth of the trails and sightseeing Moab has to offer. Additionally,
double check with different on-line maps. I usually use Google Maps and those
guys were gonna run me through Durango and add an hour onto my trip. Mapquest
was better but still wasn't as good as the wife. She recommended we come back
through Farmington -> Bloomfield -> Highway 550 all the way to Bernalillo. It
cut a full hour off even Mapquest.
In terms of a place to stay, I'd recommend getting in the center of downtown.
It can be a bit of a walk to check out the nightlife otherwise. We stayed at
Canyonlands Inn on the corner of Main and Center (yep they actually named it
that! <grin>). It's also, conveniently, right across the street from
my favorite restaurant McStiffs.
All of Grand View and Dead Horse was done with a 35mm camera and everything
else was digital. You can definitely tell the difference. I'm still waiting
on development of the B/W roll I took at Goblin Valley. The film was six years
expired but it was all I had there. We'll see if I get lucky.
Goblin Valley - N38 33.838 W110 42.213
McStiffs - N38 34.352 W109 33.020
Needles Outlook - N38 15.595 W109 41.770
Newspaper Rock - N37 59.294 W109 31.092
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