Wednesday morning started earlier than normal at 8 am to avoid the heat of the blistering sun at Arches National Park. It was no problem for the group as the sun rose over our east facing rooms and woke us up for a hearty and early breakfast.
Speaking of breakfast, note that this part of Utah is a “green” zone for COVID-19 with ultra low rates. As such, self serve buffet is permitted. Yet each station is monitored with a staff to assure social distancing is obeyed and masks are mandatory for every one till seated at a table. The choice was outstanding and the quality very tasty and fresh.
A short 20-minute ride along scenic Colorado River got is to Moab and on to the visitor center of Arches. A multi-stop exploration of the key sights over 3 hours gave everyone lots of opportunities to marvel at the delicate sandstone landscapes.
For lunch break, we all got 1.5 hours to roam around downtown Moab before heading to two more spectacular sights at Canyonlands National Park and Utah State Park – Dead Horse Point of “Thelma & Louise” fame. Both parks offer unique grand scale canyon vistas galore. You’ll notice the haze – courtesy of Western fire ash particles at 10’000 feet in the jet stream.
Tonight’s dinner was an included Chuck wagon cook off at our RedRiver Lodge which was tasty, fresh, and fun. We all had tables outside with views of the river.