Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Travel Tales: Akron to LA 2014 - Day 3

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We left a very cold Farmington and drove west to Shiprock. A snow storm was swirling around the rock, but fortunately we had to turn north. We could see various patches of snow coming down on the desolate area. It was incredibly beautiful. We were lucky that we missed every single storm. We had one area where snow was on the road, but Utah's plows dealt with the accumulation immediately.

We arrived in Moab that morning and decided to drive through Arches National Park. We had a perfect day for visiting the park which had just a few dozen visitors. The sky was blue with a few clouds and the La Sal Mountains had snow on them. I have visited Arches in the summer, so I had never seen this aspect of the park. We were bundled up for the cold and made wise choices in regard to what we would and would not do. We hiked the short trails, but we did not consider it safe to travel trails with ledges on the mountain sides. The wind was just too intense.

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After spending the entire afternoon at the park, we decided to leave to travel to our hotel while it was still daylight because that drive was going to be amazing. We wanted to do something different with our two nights of accommodations in Moab, so we decided to stay at the Red Cliffs Lodge. To get there we had to drive Scenic Byway 128. Between two sets of towering red cliffs were the Colorado River and Scenic Byway 128. At mile marker 14 was the lodge which looked like a ranch and was located on the edge of the river.  A winery was also located on the property. Horses grazed in the pasture and a creek ran through the land to the river. The area was amazing.

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