We’re having a much needed morning of doing absolutely nothing. Nothing active, anyway.

Jon’s been catching up on a little work and I’ve been watching the news and we’ve just been enjoying a morning with no pressure – nowhere to be, no plans, etc.

So, Arches National Park. I think that’s where I left off.

We got up super early that day and packed lunches and headed out. It was raining a little (but no thunder or lightning), so that made the morning hike AWESOME. Not too hot, no sun, etc.

(Those mountains in the background are where our cabin was located.)

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We hiked several trails – all fairly short ones – and had a really good time.

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It’s just gorgeous out there.

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We’d hiked about 6 miles by noon, so we stopped for lunch and a short break. The picnic areas were pretty full, so we just ate in our car.

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We did a little more looking around after lunch and hiked a couple more miles, but we headed to Dead Horse Point State Park at some point mid/late afternoon.

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We decided to hike around the rim vs. doing the drive to the overlook, so that tacked 4 more miles on for the day. I was pretty tired and it was blazing hot, but I’m SO GLAD we did it.

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The view was outstanding.

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By the end of the day, my garmin said we’d hiked 12 miles.

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We drank TONS of water and were constantly coated in sunscreen, so we fared pretty well.

Really fun day.

The next day, we went out to breakfast in Moab before heading to Canyonlands National Park.

(ginger pancakes with apple butter – SO GOOD)

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We didn’t have plans to hike as much, so we just drove around and did some small walks to overlooks and stuff like that.

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We probably walked a few miles, but nothing major.

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We drove back to Moab for lunch and went to the only brewery in town. It wasn’t super great, but I guess we also could have chosen better options.

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We headed back to our cabin by late afternoon and just hung out reading. It was MUCH cooler in the mountains, so we were able to have our windows open and were able to sit outside. Jon grilled dinner for us again, though I don’t recall eating much since my stomach was killing me from the kinda junky day.

Really glad we chose to stay up there vs. in Moab. It was a great escape from the crazy heat.

We got up and ate a huge breakfast (trying to finish up the eggs and yogurt) before heading out of town yesterday morning.

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We took a scenic route (Hwy 12 Scenic Byway) from Moab to our current town. I’d read about it online and we almost didn’t do it because it added some time to the drive – but I’m really glad we went for it.

Pictures just don’t do this place justice.

(especially when I take them from the car window as we’re driving)

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It was – indeed – a very scenic drive, which made the time fly by.

We talked and listened to podcasts and stopped here and there.

It was great.

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We wound up going through Capitol Reef National Park, making it our 3rd national park of the trip.

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We stopped there and had lunch from the cooler.

(leftover pork chops & corn on the cob & cherries)

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Really gorgeous place.

Picnic time. 🌳☀️👍

The drive took us through so many different landscapes. It was crazy.

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Everything is just SO beautiful.

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This is basically what we’ve done so far:

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We got to our new cabin around 445 yesterday and checked it out before heading to Cedar City to grab dinner and do some grocery shopping.

We rented this cabin via vrbo.com and I’m super happy with it. It’s way bigger than we need, but it’s super comfortable and is a nice change of pace (meaning we have a bedroom and a huge tv – two things we didn’t have in the tiny one-room cabin). No hot tub, though – which is too bad.

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We’re in the middle of nowhere, so it took about an hour to get to Cedar City last night – which meant we got home super late. For us. I think it was after 10.

55 degrees up here with no sun.

It was 55 degrees outside when we got home.

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That just seems CRAZY given how hot it is during the day.

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We’re right between Bryce and Zion, so we’re planning trips to both, of course. We’re also planning to make it to the Grand Canyon. Temps over 100 are expected this weekend, so we’re planning to get everywhere super early.

Just not today.

Today … I don’t know. Maybe nothing. We were up at 530 again this morning which means we’ve already had a solid 4 and a half hours of lounging – but neither of us are super motivated to do much – so we’ll see.

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