Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Day 9, Moab Utah
Here we are in Moab after another full (& hot) day on the road. We left early without breakfast and took a look at the Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park - river meanders entrenched in a deep canyon. Then we climbed the side of a high mesa using the Moki Dugway, a set of gravel switchbacks, and went on to Natural Bridges National Monument. Lots of nice views, but little contrast in rock colors.
We hit Blanding about 10:30, so visited Edge of the Cedars State Park - one room displayed horse pictures by a couple of sisters, another had photos of various rock art around the region - with stories of each. Upstairs showed artifacts as well as historic interpretation. They had panels describing how local people had made outstanding finds and had reported them for preservation instead of looting (Hillerman book, A Thief of Time). Then we had lunch.
Drove on to the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park. It's a long drive into the park, but the route takes you by Newspaper Rock, a panel full of rock art (the pictures is a small portion). More red rock. Sandra "rescued" a lady left at the visitor center (with two lapdogs) by her husband who was helping someone who got stuck in sand. The rescue? Giving her a cigarette.
Got into Moab about 4:30 (early for us) and had a good Mexican dinner. Then caught up pictures and the blog, and get ready for tomorrow - Arches NP, and drive on to Pagosa Springs CO.