Desert Trip

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Last weekend was our first camping trip of the year. We packed up the truck and headed to Moab, UT.

We were seeking warmer weather, and for the most part, we got it. After arriving at our windy campsite near Deadhorse Point State Park after dark, we quickly set up camp, sat around a fire for a bit, then called it a night. The next morning was a bit chilly and breezy, so we ate a quick breakfast and headed out to do some hiking.

Our first hike was to Corona Arch (pictured above), just a quick 1.5 mile jaunt with minimal elevation gain. This is the second time I’ve done this hike, and it’s one of my favorites, there aren’t many short mellow hikes with such a great view. After the hike we had a quick lunch and headed toward our second hike of the day, Fisher Towers.

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This is a 2.2 mile hike one-way with awesome views of red rock cliffs along the way. This is the second time I’ve done this hike as well. I came here last year with Troy shortly after we started dating, and this was our first hike together. We even brought our dog, Rafa, he was also with us when we did this last year. It was fun to come back and reminisce.

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With two hikes done, we called it a day. By the time we got back to camp, the wind had died down and it was quite pleasant by the fire. After a delicious dinner and some imbibing we called it a night.

The next morning was still a bit chilly, but the wind had died down, so it felt warmer. I had a 10 mile run on the calendar today, so I joined S on a trail in Deadhorse Point State Park called the Big Chief Trail. This trail goes along the rim of the canyon for several miles, I ran out for five and then back. There were some hills and some technical parts, so my pace was more of a run/hike than a total run. It felt great to be out, and I was even comfortable in my shorts and tank top!

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It was a great kick off for our camping season, and I’m looking forward to more weekend trips in the future.

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