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 Peak(s):  Druid Arch - 5,740 feet
 Post Date:  03/22/2010
 Date Climbed:   03/16/2010
 Posted By:  JB99

 Spontaneous Spring Break in Moab   

Life is all about the choices we make and the memories these choices lead to. We stress over money, time, school, work, family, bills, health… we put off the fun things we wish we could afford or had the time to do and eventually it's December 31st again, or another birthday and we promise ourselves that we'll find more time and money next year to make some memories. Sometimes it's best to just ignore your responsibilities and go. Buy the plane ticket, gas up the ride and start driving, whatever it is. This Spring Break came up on us kind of quick and all the wedding planning, school and other bits of life (especially money) kept us from planning any kind of trip. Then Spring Break was here and the proposition of spending the week at home catching up on all the BS we are supposed to be doing sounded terrible to me. So I looked up our balance on our rarely used credit card and we decided Moab it is. We had company coming later in the week so we only had a few days...

Shortly after getting into Utah we pulled over to take a few pictures

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After some quick investigating to find something fun and new we decided Canyonlands and a hike to Druid Arch plus some 4 wheeling and camping would be a good way to spend a few days. We left Sunday and drove through a snowy I-70 until we reached Glenwood Springs and stopped for lunch. Since I read this trip report; http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=6897&parmpeak=Pyramid+Peak&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include last August I bookmarked it in my phone so we could stop at the taco stand mentioned (La Glorietta) the next time we were in Glenwood. I am so glad I did, it's easy to find, take the Glenwood Springs west exit and go to the gas station straight north from it, inside you will find the most delightful tacos this side of Mexico. Thanks for the tip Sean and Scott! A few tips for food in Moab; Pasta Jays is delicious Italian food and if you see the street vendor set up making pizza stop and get one, in fact that's a good rule of travel anywhere, if you see a street vendor stop and have a look.

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A Pizza Named Bianca


We spent the next few days enjoying Utah, Monday we drove around to the Island in the Sky part of Canyonlands and took a few pictures before heading toward the Needles area to find a campsite. On the way to the Needles entrance there is a pull off for "Newspaper Rock" and it's worth stopping. There are hundreds of ancient paintings to look at and it's fun to make up stories for what they might mean. Eventually we set up just a few miles outside of the gate at an undeveloped but established free site that was beautiful. If you ask at the entry to the park they will give you a handout with directions to free camping close by.

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Our Campsite





Tuesday we hiked Druid Arch, a very beautiful hike but lacking any real excitement if you're looking for a scramble. After the hike we got back to our campsite and I decided I'd rather drive through the night and be home Wednesday so we packed up and got on our way. Driving through the night has advantages like no traffic so we made it home pretty quick and climbed into bed by 4AM Wednesday morning.

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Jessica looks up at Druid Arch


I have friends that see me do stuff like this and say how lucky I am. That's true, I am lucky in a lot of ways but trips like these don't happen because of luck. You have to decide to go. Sometimes that means maxing out a credit card or putting work off for a few days but in my experience it's always worth it. The only trip I regret is one that I didn't take because I didn't think we'd have enough money for it. The money we would have spent on the trip came and went and I can't tell you where it's gone to. I am sure that if I had bought those tickets I would remember where the money went though, and I would have pretty quickly gotten over paying a few bills late.

Here are some reasons to visit Moab;


An attempt at a panoramic shot from early on in the hike to Druid Arch

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Near the end of the hike to Druid Arch


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Looking down on one of the canyons you take to get to Druid Arch


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Druid Arch


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Sunset from near our campsite


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Wooden Shoe Arch


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For even more pictures from this trip see my photobucket page HERE.


Thanks for reading/looking!



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  • Comments or Questions (4)
Ridge runner


memories     2011-02-04 17:22:16
Great write-up and pictures! I did a similar trip like this two years ago doing the ”Big Needles Loop”, something suggested from Presto. I actually ran into Brian (lordhelmut) while I was out there, kinda in the middle of nowhere really. But this trip was one of the bests trips I have taken and since then I‘ve wanted to go back out there and explore more. Congrats on setting aside life‘s obligations for a while and enjoying what it has to offer.


Presto


Salivating ...     2010-03-23 08:41:54
We‘re there in a month (after tax season). This report makes we look forward to the trip even more ... we‘re taking a friend and doing the Druid Arch loop (and Angel Arch). I concur that making time for things like this is mandatory (at least for my mental well being). Thanks for posting, Jesse. Take care and happy trails!


JB99


Thanks...     2010-11-30 10:28:50
Have a great trip Presto, that area is beautiful even relative to its' surrounding. Also Druid was a good hike, we barely saw anyone else the whole day.

Huskers, I bet that was a New Years you won't soon forget. There was some snow around this trip and it definitely adds another cool layer of color to the already awesome range. I bet winter was a really nice time to be there.


LongLiveTheHuskers


I agree     2010-03-22 20:31:37
..with your philosophy. You can always earn more money, but these kind of things are priceless. We spent New Years Eve of 2008 camped in the Needles District...brings back the memories. It‘s another world.

Thanks for posting.



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