I just got home a few hours ago after having a great extended weekend and a wonderfully fun time in Moab, Utah.
And Day 4 was no different... The plan was to work on the Daily Scoop while having breakfast and then head out to Dead Horse State Park (which is gorgeous!)
But what a name. Right?!
So how did Dead Horse State Park get its name??? Well, according to legend, before the turn of the 19th century the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs that once roamed the mesa. The point provided a natural corral into which the horses were driven into and rounded by cowboys. The only escape was through a narrow, 30-yard neck of land controlled by fencing made of branches and brush. Mustangs were then roped and broken, with the better ones being kept for personal use or sold. The rest were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below. Pretty darn awful if you ask me!
We were heading for the very scenic Intrepid Trails, which the trailhead is located just opposite the Visitors Center. And just the drive up alone on highway 313 is beautiful and dotted with several view points to check out - one where we decided to stop at and take pictures was the Monitor and Merrimac viewing area.
These prominent land forms tower 600 feet above their Navajo sandstone base. The Monitor and Merrimac Buttes were named after the Civil War ironclad ships of the same names. If you look at a likeness of the old ships, their shapes and sizes bear a striking resemblance to these two buttes. The Merrimac (the larger of the two rocks) was the Confederate ship, called the "Virginia" by the southern forces. The Monitor was the Union ship sent to destroy the Merrimac. The resulting sea battle changed maritime warfare forever. Long after both ships lie on the sea bottom, their rock counterparts remain locked in perpetual battle.
Next up was the trailhead and another great workout amongst some absolutely amazing scenery!
I tell ya the one thing that is for sure is the huffing and puffing on these rides. And then another thing that happens on some of them is where I find myself holding my breath!
After thinking about it, it got me wondering if I am doing it because of the adrenaline that is pumping through my blood or is it because there are some spots that I could definitely get intimidated by...
I mean even walking/hiking down some of these stair steppy huge (IMO) rock formations would be trying enough, but then to think about cranking the pedals up them, only to hang for dear life on for the bumpy ride down as the tires bounce and roll is just plain madness! So I can definitely see why I must be holding my breath at times out there...
Anyhow the ride was really great, although I have to admit that on occasion yesterday I could feel that my knees were getting a bit tired.
I guess it was only to be expected after mountain biking for 3 consecutive days in Moab, where the trails are notably more technically demanding than most other locations (and for me not doing any mountain biking since the Spring of 2015). So, I suggested that we opt for today to be a non-biking day and a day of physical recovery - which not surprisingly happened to be the plan all along. And then there was just one last stop in town before heading out and driving back home through the amazing geology that Utah has to offer.
We also caught an outstanding glow in the sky as the sun had set to the west.
Until next time Moab, until next time!
Now the countdown for my next trip has been reset and I have 10 days before heading back out again!
And today will be a fairly mellow day of catching up with the family and taking Dominic to his classes later this evening.
Be sure to check out Elisa's Top 5 picks for Travel in April!
And we'll be backatcha tomorrow for another fun W2GW edition of Travelin' Cousins.
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April Travel Destinations
Hope your week is going well! My week certainly is!!
First of all, getting back to school yesterday went off without a hitch! And to boot, the kids did NOT get much homework. (Yay!)
Additionally, I had it on my calendar that tomorrow was a court date (for my divorce) - well, as it turns out it was rescheduled to May! I feel like I just gained a day this week. Not to mention, the alleviation of emotional stress. whew!!
April is a great month to travel! Last year, all the cousins ventured out to Wyoming and Montana for a road trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks. (CLICK HERE to check out our itinerary!)
Why not consider planning a spontaneous trip this year (or set your sights for next year) to one of these FIVE notoriously "Spring" destinations:
Paris Remember the song "I love Paris in the Springtime?" Well, nothing is more lovely than the beauty of springtime at Les Tuileries Gardens in front of the Louvre.
New York City With the snow melted and the flowers in bloom in Central Park, (as well as all the newest Broadways shows opening it's the perfect time for a visit The Big Apple.
Vatican City Although Easter time is very crowded, it is also one of the most amazing experiences in Vatican City. Standing in Vatican Square to hear the Pope's Easter address is wonderful but if the crowds are not your thing, tickets are available to secure to the Holy Week Masses.
Las Vegas The final game of the March Madness college basketball tournament takes place in April. For sports lovers, this is the place to be! Not to mention all the great shows and eating you can do while in Vegas!
Washington, D.C. A gift to the United States from Toyko - the cherry blossom trees - all 30,000 of which are in bloom in April! More than a million people come to the nation’s capital to see the floral display, which peaks with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April.
Don't forget to read all about Tanya's 4th Day in Moab, Utah! She had quite an adventure to tell about yesterday!! Let's see what today brings!
Back here tomorrow with some interesting stuff about my upcoming tours in and around the NYC area!