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A day of driving

Christmas Eve - day 11

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Today is the first day of our much-anticipated round trip to Arches National Park, Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks, Canyonlands National Park and Steamboat Ski field. Today we would be driving down to a town called Moab, which is just outside Arches National Park. We had a nice slow morning. Thomas cooked us a nice fancy breakfast, consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, avocado and mushrooms all on a toasted brioche bun!! It was very tasty!! We then cleaned up all our stuff and packed the car, ready to head off. It as about a 4.5-hour drive to Moab. On the way we drove past Vail ski resort. It is by far the biggest ski resort I have every seen. It is also very fancy and expensive, so I doubt I will ever ski there!! ☺
We then drove through some huge canyons!! The roads through them were really amazing.
Almost as soon as we left the mountains we were in the desert. It was quite amazing to see the terrain change s quickly!
As we approached Moab, the terrain changed again, and these huge red rock mountains started appearing.
It was about 4:30pm by the time we arrived in Moab. We went and bought supplies for the next two days, as tomorrow is Christmas day, the shops will be closed. We then drove out to our campsite, the big bend campsite. It is a state run site with basic facilities, but is in a fantastic spot right on the river, below the cliffs. It was a real pity that it was just after 6pm when we arrived here, and thus was already dark. We set up our tents and cooked some spag bol for dinner. We were going to get up pretty early in the morning, so we had a fairly early night.

Posted by vansantjordan 12:38 Archived in USA Tagged colorado utah holiday usa roadtrip moab

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