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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Moab Featured On International Bucket List

Tropicalsky.co.uk has this interesting bucket list, featuring 101 things to do around the world. Many are quite exotic:
  • Walk with lions in Zimbabwe
  • Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Walk the length of the Great Wall of China
Some are impossible, or nearly so:
  • Become a space tourist
  • Climb one of the world’s seven summits
Number 101 on the list is right up our alley:
  • Take an active holiday in Moab, Utah
That one links to this blog post about Moab adventures, written by an Australian writer Kellie Parry. She does a pretty good job of describing the Maob scene. Here are excerpts:
Driving into Moab, Utah makes you truly feel like you are in the Wild West. Looking up at the giant rocky escarpments you half expect to see smoke signals from the army of Indians waiting to attack the cowboys meandering by below. The land is dry and the sun is hot and the red colour of the landscape is amazing. Surrounded by canyons, ridges and mind blowing rock formations, Moab is the gateway to some of Americas prettiest landscapes.

But you cannot go to Moab without visiting one of the beautiful national parks. Arches National Park is a short 8 kilometres (5 miles) from Moab and consists of over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Delicate Arch is probably the most famous natural span in the world... There’s also Landscape Arch which is the longest natural arch in the world with it’s length spanning longer than a football field.
The blog post includes some decent photos of the Moab area, plus one of Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River in Arizona, just southwest of Page.

Others of regional interest include:
  • Go horse riding in Red Rock Canyon (near Las Vegas)
  • Experience the views from the Grand Canyon Skywalk
Those are all great ideas but, in my opinion, no better than a dozen other Utah adventures. The list could easily have included canyoneering in Zion Park, wandering remote parts of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and whitewater rafting the Colorado River.

- Dave Webb

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