At long last, we departed for Moab, Utah on the morning of Saturday September 17, 2011. We headed there for a week of exploration and adventure to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Our flight left PDX bright and early at 6:30 am. We flew to Boise and had a two-hour layover, then we were off to Salt Lake City.
After landing in Salt Lake City around noon, we grabbed our rental car for the week. Budget was out of the 4WD SUV we had ordered, so they upgraded us to a 4WD crew cab pick-up. Score! We were set for whatever adventures the next week would bring.
The 230-mile drive south to Moab took us through lots of beautiful country and changing scenery. As we left Salt Lake, we saw the Wasatch mountains to the east.
After an hour or two, the scenery changed to rock cliffs alongside the highway.
Eventually we hit the wide open desert.
As we approached Moab, the scenery changed drastically to red rock formations of all types.
By 6 pm, we were checked in our room and set about exploring the small town of Moab. We were happy to find that it had all sorts of wonderful restaurants, shopping, and other entertainment.
At the end of the evening, we had a last drink at the Slick Rock Cafe and enjoyed some live music from Lost Buffalo, a local group. Their rock/country/blues fit right into the desert surroundings. The lead singer, Doc Kota, has the coolest guitar with desert needle rock formations airbrushed onto it. At the time of this writing, you can download two free songs from their facebook page. I highly recommend Put Out Fire.