Long Canyon
      Moab, Utah
      April 27, 2010

      I spent the last four days on a camping trip in Moab with Mike and our friend Betty. As I mentioned in my last post, Betty’s beloved dog, Idgi, is suffering from lymphoma and doesn’t have much longer to live. Last weekend the three of us decided to take Idgi on an adventure this week, which could be her last. Then on Sunday morning, we packed up Mike’s Jeep with three people, two dogs, and camping gear, and headed west. Eight hours later, we were in a vast desert wilderness with towering red rock cliffs.

      We set up camp next to the Colorado river, and spent our days hiking, 4-wheeling, and sightseeing. The dogs loved it, of course, and we loved making them happy. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time to spend in Moab. We’ll definitely be back.

      Road trip with dogs
      Somehow we managed to fit in the Jeep. You can see that Ally and Idgi were as excited as we were to set out on a road trip.

      Betty and Mike in a cool tunnel leading from our campsite to a hiking trail.

      We spent several hours on Tuesday hiking Negro Bill trail just east of Moab.

      The trail followed a stream the whole way, which was great for the dogs.

      I love this time of year, when the trees are budding with fresh new leaves.

      Negro Bill hiking trail in Moab
      Me, Betty, and the dogs

      Negro Bill hiking trail in Moab

      Ally got herself nice and mucky, just the way she likes it.

      Indian paintbrush
      The Indian paintbrush wildflowers were starting to bloom.

      I like this picture of Mike and me.

      Border collie on hiking trail

      Blue and purple wildflowers

      Granstaff campground in Moab, Utah
      Our view from Granstaff Campground.

      A tree in Dead Horse State Park
      A tree in Dead Horse State Park

      Dead Horse State Park
      Ally and me, enjoying the views from Dead Horse State Park

      Long Canyon Road near Moab, Utah
      We drove back to Moab along Long Canyon Road, which descends steeply into the canyon.

      Long Canyon Road near Moab
      I was very glad we weren’t around whenever this rock fell.

      Long Canyon Road near Moab
      Long Canyon Road

      Betty and Mike

      Mike and me in Long Canyon

      Betty and Idgi

      Arches National Park
      We went to Arches National Park late in the day, when it wasn’t too hot for the dogs to stay in the car. The park doesn’t allow dogs on the trails, boo!

      Arches National Park
      Mike in Arches National Park

      Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
      Delicate Arch

      Upper Delicate Arch viewing area

      Upper Delicate Arch viewing area

      Arches National Park

      Arches National Park

      Arches National Park

      Arches National Park


      Utah is so pretty. I love the picture of the mountains, redrock and shrub desert. The colors that contrast across the landscape are amazing.

      Very nice pictures! We’re getting ready to go back to Moab this month..this gets me excited. I wish I could take pictures like these!!

      Sorry for not commenting in a while, but I love these. I love the simplicity and elegance of it all. I like the dress very much, but I think the crown of flowers is an especially nice touch!

      So beautiful there. Looks like you guys had a fantastic vacation.

      This is just gorgeous. I love the idea of taking Idgi on an adventure.


      These are gorgeous. I love the pictures of the wet dogs – they’re obviously having a great time – and all of those landscape pictures are beautiful.

      Gorgeous photos! I need to visit Moab someday…

      Also, it’s so great that you all took Idgi on one last journey, those photos and memories will be cherished by all of you I’m sure.


      Ah! These are great – I so want to be back – I went at the end of March and it was SO cold there – I love the photos of the flowers. I loved the town of Moab and will def. go back. Thanks for sharing!

      wow amazing! I really need to get out west to see some of the natural beauty out there. which camera did you use for these?

      What a blast! I’m dying to go to Moab. Good for you for getting out and making the most of spring before wedding season arrives!

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