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Friday, February 12, 2010

Honolulu's Star Bulletin Touts Moab Adventure

The Star Bulletin newspaper in Honolulu has this interesting article recommending travel to and adventure in Moab, Utah. Below are excerpts.

Moab delivers adventure

Beauty surrounds this rustic Utah town, which deserves to be at the top of more travel wish lists

Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are short drives from the center of Moab. Each one features breathtaking red rock formations that virtually glow in the fading light of sunset.

From Las Vegas we rented a car and drove to Moab, covering nearly 1,200 miles on the entire trip...

Several hours later, hungry and growing fatigued from watching for random deer and cows wandering onto the road through the inky blackness, we stumbled across Hell's Backbone Grill (www.hellsbackbonegrill.com, 435-335-7464) in Boulder, Utah, a tiny town (population 180!) that feels like it's in the middle of nowhere (maybe because it is?). Expecting mediocre food, we were thrilled to discover a restaurant with mouth-watering dishes accented with herbs and vegetables from the restaurant's organic farm and on-site gardens...

The highlight of our adventure was undoubtedly Slickrock, the area's iconic ride. It's full of steep climbs and descents reserved for only the most skilled riders, dramatic drops into canyons, soaring views of the Colorado River, and stunning smooth rock that has an unexpected and comforting grip on mountain bike tires. Every minute of our 3 1/2 hours on the course exhilarated us.

Several days in the area left us yearning for more. A camping trip under the luminous stars, perhaps. Or mountain biking and hiking on trails we didn't even find. With all that we experienced, we knew there was so much we missed. And that's why Moab remains at the top of our vacation wish list.

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