First of all, we should probably start by saying sorry we have not posted anything in a while. We took a little hiatus to regroup and figure out where we wanted to take things. With that being said, the holiday season is upon us, which means we will probably be posting a lot over the next month or so.
But before we get to that, we wanted to do a little throw back post to about a month ago when Alex’s parents came to town! Alex was pretty excited about her parents coming to Utah, so planning had been going on for a quite a while leading up to the big weekend. That amount of intensive planning meant we were heading out of town down to Moab for most of the weekend.
Luckily, both of her parents had been to Salt Lake City in the past, so getting out to South Utah meant a little more adventure. It is important to note here, Alex’s dad is REALLY good at mountain biking, but you’ll see why this is important later…
So, back to the weekend! They got in on Friday afternoon, and as we do with most visitors, Alex shuttled them to our favorite tacos in town down at Blue Poblano. I managed to sneak out of the office a few hours early, picked them up and off we went.
Somehow, on our way down to Moab, we managed to turn a 4 hour trip into about 5 1/2 hours. How did this happen you ask? Well, somewhere along the way between myself and my fearless navigator (Alex) we missed a critical turn that put us very far out of the way. Luckily, we got back on the right track, took a little detour down the Colorado river and ended up in Moab in time for a late dinner at Moab Brewery.
One of the best parts of our trip was actually our hotel. Our last Moab trip we camped, which was great! But, with Alex’s parents in town we thought we would class it up some. So we checked into the Best Western Canyonlands. Here is a little insider secret for anyone traveling to a Utah National Park sometime soon: The hotel chains in National Parks are SUPER NICE! Normally, I would not think of a Best Western as the nicest hotel to choose from, but in Moab it can’t be beat.
Obviously with our detour, we didn’t have much time that night in town, so we hurried off to bed so we could get up early and do a little downtown investigation before the real adventure. The next morning we grabbed a quick breakfast and then headed out onto Main where there are dozens of locally owned shops to peruse. Some of our favorites are Triassic, with a great collection of wood and stone items for your home, and Indigo Alley, which has some cool women’s clothes.
That afternoon, we made our way down to Poison Spider Bike Shop to make the trek out to Slick Rock for an afternoon of riding. Remember when I said Alex’s dad is really good at biking? Well, this is when that comes into play. He made riding slick rock seem pretty easy. I am by no means a pro biker, so I would not say it was as easy. Not only is Alex’s dad a great biker, but her mom is also a great biker too! Needless to say, we got our butts kicked, but it was great to see them in action.
Slick Rock was one of the coolest biking experiences I have ever had though. The terrain is nothing like anywhere else and the views out onto the desert are almost surreal. Just make sure you have your helmet on tight and are wearing gloves for when you need to…gracefully lay your bike down.
On Saturday night, we made reservations Miguel’s Baja Grill. This is sort of our staple in Moab. Granted it has only been twice, but Miguel’s seems to be the perfect end to a strenuous day hiking or biking.
Sadly, Sunday meant it was time to head home, but we didn’t think we could leave Moab without showing her parent’s Arches National Park. While hiking may not be biking, it is impossible not to be amazed by the arches once you are in the park. We did a rapid tour of three different trails and then had to hit the road back to Salt Lake City.
Luckily, we didn’t take a wrong turn on the way back.