Kim Johnson - Leaving my comfort zone in Moab

Kim Johnson - Leaving my comfort zone in Moab

This week I went to Moab for my first time with a big to-do list and came back with an even longer one. This place is awesome! We had only three days so I barely scratched the surface.
This week I went to Moab for my first time with a big to-do list and came back with an even longer one. This place is awesome! We had only three days so I barely scratched the surface.

Day one: The 3.5 hour drive ate away our morning, but it was a pretty fall drive through the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. We got there just in time for lunch and at the suggestion of many we ate at “Eddie McStiff’s”. We were there during the day but this seems like a great place to go for some night life. The drink menu is huge! We spent the afternoon bumming around quaint Main Street and meeting several outfitters. Rafting, mountain biking, four-wheeling, climbing which one to do? I’ve had an itch to try something new and so canyoneering it was. We booked it for Tuesday. We camped that night just outside of Deadhorse Point and had an awesome view of the sunset.

Day two: We woke up early with an idea to watch the sunrise over Deadhorse Point. A 5:40 a.m. wake-up proved to be worth every bit. I’ve never seen so many pretty colors. Our canyoneering adventure began at noon. There are not a lot of canyons in the Midwest so I had no idea what to expect. But our adventure had it all—climbing, rappelling and swimming in freezing cold water that never sees the sun. It was thrilling. I definitely had to step out of my comfort zone taking that first step off a 90-foot cliff and trusting the rope between my fingers. Fittingly, camp that night was also in a canyon right next to the Colorado River.

Day three: ARCHES! Do you remember your first time seeing Arches National Park? Words can't describe the extraordinary rock formations. We picked a great time of year to visit. We were working up a sweat even in October hiking to and from different arches. I can’t imagine what it’d be like during the summer.

I can’t wait to go back. I definitely need to raft in the spring when the water is higher and mountain bike the Slick Rock Trail. A backpacking trip into Canyonlands is also a must-do for me. What do you love about Moab?
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