After our nine day stay in little Torrey, Utah (population 171, with that many again in the surrounding area), Moab (population 5,100) seems like a bustling metropolis! Every morning, at appears that the residents fling open their doors, jump on their bikes or into their muddy, tricked-out 4 x 4’s and take off into the great outdoors. Hikers, mountain bikers, walkers and joggers jostle for space with road bikes, monster trucks, jeeps and motorcycles.
Of course, the ranks of the full-time residents are augmented by active visitors. Campgrounds, RV parks and motels are full, with their occupants adding to the crazy activity level we see every day.
This is our third trip to Moab and Arches National Park, and the first time the weather has cooperated perfectly, with highs around 70 degrees and unlimited sunshine. We’ve hiked in the national park three times, and outside the park once. The big difference? The other people on the trail in Arches National Park speak a multitude of languages, including several we couldn’t place, LOTS of foreign visitors; on the Corona Arch hike outside the park, we joined local families on what obviously is a favorite “local” hike.
No hiking for us today: Odel is on the golf course and I’m about to head out to explore “downtown”. More to come but, for now, the sunny blue skies are calling me. :)