Trip to Moab

So there we were, it was Thanksgiving vacation time, I had a four day weekend, and we thought, “let’s get out of Logan (22 degrees) and head down to Moab UT”  Best choice ever.  Not only was it much warmer, but the town had a 10th of the people you will see there during the summer riding motocross and bikes on Slickrock and visiting Arches National Park, but apparently Moab is one of the places to be if you want to hang out with the “Cool” kids.

“Cool kids”!  “Did he just say that?”  Yes.  The hotel we were staying in had a great party in the meeting rooms downstairs that must have turned into a party upstairs.  People were lining up at the door a couple doors down from our room, guess we weren’t invited.  The college age kids there were wearing their beanies and  granola outfits talking up a storm while my family and I were in our room planning our adventures for the next day.

One of the “coolest” sites I saw was when I decided to go down to the lobby area to micro some popcorn, and I happened to see three parachutes laid out in the hallway as the base jumpers were loading them and checking the lines.  I mean you know the type of adventurers that like to jump off 3000 ft cliffs, facing danger and wind just for the adrenaline rush.  I asked one of the guys “getting ready for some base jumping tomorrow aye?” he replied “you know it!” Well, I didn’t know if I said it right or if there some other word that base jumpers say, but it made me feel “cool” just to have him answer me, and wow, you could feel the energy in the halls.

The next day my family and I visited Arches National Park and I made this “cool” video with my iPhone 6S plus, which rocks by the way.  Arches was amazing and our hike out to delicate arch was much shorter than I remember it being when I was younger.  You should check it out if you get the chance.  Arches took most of the day and then we went out to eat and back for a sit in the hot tub.  While we were there, we met a couple of Aussies who had come to Moab, again for the base jumping and we listened to them talk share their stories about skydiving and base jumping in several countries. You just never know who you’re going to meet in Moab.

On Friday we took our kids to Slickrock and then went to Raven’ Rim Zip Line.  Our Kids loved it, like talked about it for days after and if you are going to visit Moab, I’d make sure you put that on your to do list.  You’ll see in my “cool” video I made a little of the zip line footage, but you have to experience it to really experience it.

Next time you want to visit some “cool” places, meet some “cool” kids and have a awesomely “cool” weekend, you need to head to Moab.  Winter or summer, it’s a great place to visit so check it out. You’ll be glad you did!



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About Rob Ratliff

I created this website to be a place where I could share my travel experiences in Utah. From the time I was a little boy, I’ve been able to travel all over the world, and Utah is one of the most beautiful and diverse places you will find. I hope that you will share your Utah travel experiences with us too.