Jordan and I really didn’t want to chance any international travel with the Zika virus going around, so for our baby moon, we planned a long weekend getaway down to Moab, Utah!
I was 31 weeks along at the time, and honestly, if we would have done it any later, I don’t think I could have managed, hah! I still felt pretty good physically, and we were able to find plenty of short, easy hikes that I could handle. It really was the best weekend, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat!
We kicked off the weekend by checking out Arches National Park. Most of the hikes in this park are under 3 miles roundtrip, and you can see a lot of the arches from the road.
The one hike we opted out of was the hike to Delicate Arch. We’ve both done that hike a couple times before, and it’s one of the busiest. Instead, we drove to an alternate trail that was less crowded, and hiked to this look-out point:
Pretty much the same, right? Hah. Kidding. If you’ve never been to Arches, you can’t miss Delicate Arch. Just try and hike it during the off-season, or off-peak hours to avoid annoying-sized crowds.
Once we finished in Arches, we took off toward Canyonlands. My favorite hike of the trip was definitely Corona Arch, just outside of the Canyonlands National Park. It is about a 3-mile round trip hike, similar to Delicate Arch. But this arch tends to be a bit less crowded. We also hiked at dusk, so that may have had a bit to do with the smaller crowds.
We watched the sun set, and for the most part, it was pretty peaceful. There was just a few photographers set up around the arch, capturing time-lapses. Plus! Since it’s outside of national park territory, it’s dog-friendly!! Next time, Kiko :)
We finished the trip with a sunrise hike to Mesa Arch, in Canyonlands. This is another popular spot, especially at sunrise. It’s relatively close to the road, and the sun hits the arch perfectly when it rises. So don’t be surprised to see 50+ other eager photogs, trying to shoot the sunrise. But we managed to cheat around the crowds a bit for some photos.
We drove around Canyonlands for the rest of the morning, stopping at lookouts here and there. We talked about what it’ll be like when we take our own kids down here. I have a feeling I’ll be a bit protective around stuff like this:
Last, but not least, we stayed at this awesome campground just outside of downtown Moab (Moab Under Canvas). The tents are fully furnished, and include a small bathroom with running water. Perfect conditions for camping in your third trimester ;) Plus, the tents face Arches National Park, and you get some killer views when the sun comes up!
(Photo cred: my duffel on the bed + camera timer).
10/10, Moab. I guess this baby can come now. :)