It is slightly sad that winter in Utah this year has been relatively snow-free. I'm not suffering by it, because we all know I highly dislike driving in snow (although now that i work at home, what difference does it really make?). However, if weather here had been a little more "normal", we wouldn't have made the drive and wouldn't have had the chance to explore and enjoy the beautiful and simply amazing creations there are in this "little" corner of the world. So, thanks, Utah, for not snowing as much.
- Free-entrance days at national parks and gift cards, which helped keep the trip on the cheap.
- Glen calling Balanced Rock "Gearshift Rock" . . . I didn't have the heart to correct him, but the signs on the road did.
- The hike to Delicate Arch . . . next-to-no-shade, which was good for us brave souls going there in January. And the view there. Made the whole thing worth it. (fortunately, the rest of the weekend wasn't a bust, either.)
- Being in Moab in the off-season; kind of weird, and plenty of stores/restaurants were closed until February or March, but it was nice not feeling like you were stepping on other people.
- Pasta Jay's . . . excellent garlic bread.
- Stopping to skip rocks and Glen lamenting that he didn't collect rocks from the Oregon coast when we were there on our honeymoon. Not many great specimens to choose from along the Colorado River.
- Fisher Towers -- the view was fantastic, and being there later in the afternoon cast a great light on the rocks.
- Laughing at our wind-blown hair on Monday when the temperature took a dip and we still ventured outside.
- The Green River Overlook in Canyonlands. Sooooo amazing.
-Glen being a goof in both the Arches and Canyonlands visitor's centers -- admiring the animal puppets and trying on skulls as hats.
- The great big enormous bird that was hanging out with our car at Grand View Point and Glen deciding to chase after it.
- Having a husband to drive through Price and Spanish Fork canyons in snowy conditions. I could have done it just fine (and it really wasn't that bad, anyway), but I'm glad I didn't have to.
- Coming home, unpacking, and savoring a weekend well-spent.
"No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one." -Edward Hubbard