Day 12-15 Moab, Utah   Leave a comment

Just outside of Torrey, we came across a little stone building, called the Behunin Cabin, built in 1882, where the Behunin family of 10 lived for a brief time when the rising river washed out their crops. Behunin was one of the first settlers in the area.

The father, mother, and two smallest children slept in the cabin. The older boys slept in the little dugout holes in the cliff behind the house. The girls made a bed in an old wagon box.

Further down the road, we stopped at the Wolverton Mill which was built by Edwin Thatcher Wolverton, who came from Maine to look for gold. He built a mill to crush gold ore in 1921 didn’t discover very much gold. In 2003, a wildfire raged through the area of Straight Creek, where the Wolverton Mill originally stood, so it was relocated by the government to its present location in Richfield, Utah.

We stopped at the Powell River History Museum.

 

John Wesley Powell was an amazing person. He explored the Green and Colorado River in the late 1800s, which was a feat in itself. But he did it with ONE ARM!

We arrived at the campground in time to get ready for Canyonlands Dutch Oven Dinner & boat ride with light and sound show. The ride was up the Colorado River and we were surprised to find that it was only waist deep water. At dark the light and sound show was VERY unique. There is a road that runs alongside the river. They run a truck on the road with a huge light system, which shines lights on the rocks while the music and narration is done in the boat. We are all wondering how in the world this guy is allowed to run a truck down this road shining bright lights! He’s been in business since 1965 so I guess he knows the right people.

Our first day in Moab was spent at Arches National Park. Water and ice, extreme temperatures, and underground salt movement are responsible for the sculptured rock scenery of Arches National Park. There are over 2,000 arches and we only saw about a dozen of them! Today, new arches are being formed and old ones destroyed.

 

Landscape Arch measures 306 feet base to base. In 1991 a rock slab 60 feet long, 11 feet thick fell from the underside, leaving behind a thinner ribbon of rock 6 feet thick

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Probably the most unique arch is Delicate Arch, but we found out that Landscape Arch was really supposed to be named Delicate Arch, but when the signs were put up, they were put up incorrectly and wasn’t discovered until they had been displayed for quite some time, so they just stuck with the incorrect names. So, really the arch above, called Landscape, is really Delicate.

My favorite was the double arch. They call it the North and South Window.

Once you hike up to it, you can sit under it in the shade & there’s a really nice breeze and a beautiful view.

 

We headed out early in the morning on the motorcycle.

We even caught a rainbow over Moab.

Canyonland National Park is the largest national park in the state of Utah. It is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers (Colorado and Green) themselves. We only visited the Island in the Sky area, which sits atop a massive 1500 foot mesa. What beautiful views!

We found a pretty cool arch in Canyonland. We checked it out and found that it had a crack between the cliff and the arch. We were not sure how it was being held up, but somebody actually got up on top of it while we were there!

Dead Horse Point was once used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming on the mesa. It was a narrow neck of land surrounded by cliffs, a 2,000 foot drop down to the Colorado River.

Cowboys chose the horses they wanted and for some reason left the other horses to die of thirst.

The view from Dead Horse Point is the most photographed view in the world.

We decided to take the motorcycle out on the dirt road, which is mostly for trailbikes or 4 wheelers.

It was great until it started to rain and the road was getting more like sand. TIME TO TURN AROUND. We certainly didn’t want to get stuck down in the canyon!

We ended our stay in Moab with a rafting trip down the Colorado River and a pulled pork barbecue dinner.

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