Animals Love Road Trips. At Least Our Dogs do.

 I was very happy to see the subject for our post this week – Animals.  We have traveled through a few countries,  but try to do a lot of road trips here in the US, so we can take our two little fur babies with us. Sometimes it is hard trying to find a place to stay where we can have the dogs or places where we can eat with the dogs, but it is all so worth it. We love having them with us and they love going with us.  Continue reading “Animals Love Road Trips. At Least Our Dogs do.”

Park City Utah – Venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games

2002 Olympic Winter GamesWhile in Salt Lake City, we drove up to Park City and went to Olympic Park. This is one of the cities that hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. This area served as a venue for ski jumping, nordic combined, bobsled, skeleton and luge. It also features the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which houses both the Alf Engen Ski Museum and George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Parking and admission to the museums and venue is free. It was a real thrill to be there and remember what happened. I felt like I was a small part of it. The area itself I beautiful and has the small town feel even though it has grown in the last decade or so.  Continue reading “Park City Utah – Venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games”

Beautiful Castle Creek Winery – Moab, Utah

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Castle Creek Winery – Castle Creek’s lush, green vineyards are a standout among the sapphire sky, red rocks and mesas is optimum for growing healthy grapes, excellent for producing a variety of fruit, including Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.  Continue reading “Beautiful Castle Creek Winery – Moab, Utah”

Don’t Miss Canyonlands National Park in Moab!

canyonlandsUnfortunately we did miss this park on a recent trip to Moab, Utah.  While visiting the area, we had wanted to do Arches National Park one day, and Canyonlands National Park the next day, however we quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen as Arches National Park was just too big. We were disappointed with our limited amount of time in Moab, but it did give us a great reason to come back. It will definitely be on our must see list the next time we are in the area. In the meantime, enjoy the information below about the park. Continue reading “Don’t Miss Canyonlands National Park in Moab!”

Our Incredible Meal at Sweet Cravings Bakery in Moab, Utah

Sweet CravingsWe had been seeing this charming looking restaurant all weekend called Sweet Cravings Bakery & Bistro and decided to try it for breakfast before we headed back home. Continue reading “Our Incredible Meal at Sweet Cravings Bakery in Moab, Utah”

Arches, Arches and More Arches – Moab, UT

I cannot believe all the beautiful arches at Arches National Park. Originally we had planned to do Arches on Saturday, then Canyonlands Natural Park on Sunday. Well, we quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. The park is actually 76,679 acres and has over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. There was no way we were going to be able to see everything we wanted to in one day. So we went back on Sunday and here are a few our favorites: Continue reading “Arches, Arches and More Arches – Moab, UT”

Sunday Breakfast at the Pancake Haus – Moab, UT

Pancake HausWhen we first arrived in Moab, we saw this interesting looking restaurant called the Pancake Haus. We had been driving up and down Main Street, and it caught our attention. I think it was the German spelling of House. Whatever the reason, we decided to go on Sunday morning and got there around 10:30 not thinking about the fact that it was Mother’s Day. They were slammed but we decided to wait it out. It wasn’t a real fancy place, but everyone was friendly. We had to wait about a half an hour, but we were glad we did. I just had the pancake, bacon and eggs, while Gene had the smothered burrito special on the marquee. It did take a while for us to get our order, but it was so worth it. Pancake Haus - PancakesOur server was friendly and came back a few times to make sure we were ok. I felt bad that we had to keep asking her for more soda, but they gave us the smallest little cups. I couldn’t believe it. They were smaller than the ones kids get at McDonalds or Burger King. Lol. However, we were both very pleased with our meals, and I was pleasantly surprised that the bacon was nice and crisp. Quite often restaurants will serve it raw in the middle and burnt on the ends, or vice versa. The fact that it was perfect made my morning, and definitely helped prepare us to take on another day of hiking. I would definitely suggest the Pancake Haus when in Moab. The next time we are there, I think I will try the crepes. They looked good, but since it was our first time there I had to try the pancakes. Like I said, Gene enjoyed hi meal, but thinks he will try the banana walnut pancakes the next time. Something for both of us to look forward to the next time we head out to Moab.

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Delicious Pizza at Pasta Jay’s Italian Restaurant – Moab, Utah

Pasta jay's 2While in Moab, we went to dinner at Pasta Jay’s is wonderful Italian restaurant on Main Street in downtown Moab . The place was packed, and there was no parking, always a good sign 🙂  Continue reading “Delicious Pizza at Pasta Jay’s Italian Restaurant – Moab, Utah”

Road Trip to Moab, Utah – Here We Come!!!

Moab 3Hi all, three day road trip to Moab, Utah in the morning, unless we get stuck by the darn snow in May. It is our 17th anniversary and we are looking forward to some alone time near the beautiful arches. This will be the third or fourth time we have tried to visit but it just never worked out. Hopefully we will make it there this time! For those not familiar with Moab, it is a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah,  It is the county seat and largest city in Grand County. Moab attracts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The town is a popular base for mountain bikers who ride the extensive network of trails including Slickrock Trail, and off-roaders who come for the annual Moab Jeep Safari.
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We can’t wit to see Moab, and have a huge list of things to do, but know we can only probably get to a few of them. We are going to do our best, lol Either way, here is a list of some of the things we are wanting to do while in the area.

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch 2The park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. Located just outside Moab, Utah, this park is 76,679 acres in area. Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet at the visitor center. Forty-three arches are known to have collapsed since 1977. The park receives 10 inches of rain a year on average. Administered by the National Park Service, the area was originally named a National Monument on April 12, 1929. It was re-designated as a National Park on November 12, 1971.

Canyon Lands National Park

canyonlandsThis park is located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. It preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. Legislation creating the park was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964. It is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers—the Green and Colorado—which carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character. Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse PointFeaturing a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River andCanyonlands National Park, the park covers 5,362 acres of high desert at an altitude of 5,900 feet. The park has several overlooks, a visitor center, a 21-site campground and a group campsite, one picnic area, and a 9-mile loop hiking trail with two cutovers to allow shorter trips.  Bikes in the park are allowed on paved roads, and there is a mountain bike trail called Intrepid Trail near the State Park Visitor’s Center with loops of varying levels of difficulty. Hunting is not allowed in the park. The park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by cowboys in the 19th century, where horses often died of exposure. Dead Horse Point has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.The area was also used in the final ‘Grand Canyon’ scene of the 1991 film Thelma & Louise Moab - CityHope you enjoyed our list of things to do in Moab. Please comment below if you have done some of things and let me know your experience. Happy travels.

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