Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Even More Fun in Moab!

I've been to Moab close to 20 times in the last 20 years, and there is always something new to do.

Upheaval Dome is in the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands near the hike in the last post. This crater-like depression is more than 2 miles wide. Geologists argue about where it came from. The biggest theories are that it's from the impact of a huge meteorite, or that it's a big salt dome.


The next day, Bill and Bertie took us on a back roads trip to 2 different areas. First we went into Arches National Park and drove the Willow Flats road. It wasn't too difficult, and I couldn't help but notice you could get into the park for free by taking this road if you didn't have a pass. (Of course, I would never do such a thing...)


Along the road are some unique petrified dinosaur tracks, made about 165 million years ago by a three-toed human-sized therapods. Over 2500 dinosaur tracks have been found in the Moab area.


After we got back to the main highway, we went back to town and out Kane Creek Drive.


Right along the road is a huge boulder with petroglyphs on all 4 sides. The figures range from 200 to 2000 years old. The most famous is this "birthing scene."


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Farther on, the road goes through the creek, then through a valley, then up to Hurrah Pass.


Hurrah! We made it!


There are some unique rock formations at the pass, and all along the road.


The view from the pass looking back down the valley.


After that exhausting trip (ha!), we had to stop at the Moab Diner for banana splits. We were told to ask for Brittany to make them, because she was the best. But she was off! So Diana (nice name) made them instead. She felt obliged to outdo Brittany, and she did! This is about 3 time bigger than it's supposed to be.

9 comments:

Ted and Mary Ellen said...

Boy, I'm ordering one the next time I'm in Moab. Looks fabulous!

squawmama said...

Hi Diane, We've been in the woods with no interent for the last 3 weeks so I am happy to say we are now back into civilization... And I am so glad to be able to visit with my friends again... Did you take the back roads yourself or were yoou on a 4-wheel adventure tour? Looks like you had a grand time and WOW look at that sundae... YUMO!!!

Have fun & travel safe my friend!
Donna

Barbara and Ron said...

Wow! Who took that great picture of you with the banana split?

Great pictures of the 4-wheel trip.

ourZbiz said...

Hurray for you Diana...great job!!! and the banana split??? YUM!!!

Lynn said...

I loved loved looking at the pics of the dinosaur tracks and the pics on the rock thingy, that is just so cool. That banana split is looking mighty good too!!!

PS, I have included you in a blog award if you want to take a look.

Dixxe's Doodles said...

Isn't Moab the most perfect town? I love it there and wanted to move in right away on my first visit. Your photos are awesome, and what fun to go off road in that area. We didnt do much offroading since we were driving a rental car..with low clearance! I love the rock art it was the art that originally drew me to Moab--that and the arches, canyons, the big blue skies and the nice folks! Safe travels!

sally said...

The banana split was my favorite part of your visit to Moab.

Anonymous said...

great trip and scenes, but the vehicle looks a mite overloaded at the hitch w/ the camper. how does it pull (handle) and slow down on the up and down driving?

LJH in Austin tx

Diana said...

I think it was just the way it was parked. It has an equalizing hitch that keeps it level.