I had originally hoped that we'd leave early enough on Friday to get there and set up camp while it was still light out. However, that did not happen. I'm not complaining though. As hard as it is to set up camp in the dark with two little kids, the reward of waking up to the Red Rock surrounding you is completely awe inspiring. I've been to Moab many times, but it never ceases to amaze me.
If you've been on the internet in the last few months you've most likely seen this video for the World's Largest Rope Swing. This was filmed in Moab, UT and since the kids first seen this video they wanted to go see this arch (they actually wanted to go swing off it, but we compromised and just hiked out to see it instead). Corona Arch is a beautiful arch about 15 minutes away from town of Moab. It's a 3 mile round trip hike, which was the perfect distance for my kiddos.
Baby Cairn (Wilderness Crafts w/ the Kiddos!)
Taking a rest :)
Climbing up the trail
Taking a rest w/ Corona Arch in the background.
The kiddos and I
If I poke a cactus will it hurt?
Lizard #6 of the day (we were counting, lol)!
The trail was perfect for the kiddos. There were 2 places along the trail that were protected by cables. The first, I'm still not sure why... But the second was almost necessary for the kids. There was also a part where you had to climb up a ladder, again I didn't feel it was necessary, but the kids thought that was pretty neat. So someone has obviously went out of their way to make the trail super accessible for everyone.
After our hike, the kids were pretty beat from the heat and crashed in the car, I just drove around for a few hours so they could sleep in the AC instead of taking them back to a hot tent. When we got back to our campsite, we had an awesome dinner of hot dogs (for them), corn on the cob and roasted potatoes cooked over the campfire. I had a few drinks and just relaxed. It was an absolutely gorgeous evening and was exactly what the kiddos and I needed. Perfect belated birthday celebration.
Watch for Part 2 - Faux Falls.