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Continued…

Yi had come to Utah to visit us and we had already done so much close to our house near Salt Lake City and in Moab. If you missed it, read our last post Yi does More in Utah than any Other Visitor!

Saturday

La Sal Mountain Loop Drive

Keith and I had the La Sal Mountain Loop Drive on our list, but had not had the chance to drive it yet. Yi is a cyclist and plans to return to Utah for some long distance rides so this was one area he was interested in exploring. We decided to drive the loop in the morning and see Canyonlands National Park in the afternoon.

The scenic drive was way more beautiful than I expected!  You could see for miles and miles and you were above the town of Moab so you could really see what the landscape around the area looked like from a birds-eye view.  There were plenty of places to stop and take pictures or just take it all in.

Gorgeous landscape

Gorgeous landscape

The views along the La Sal Loop were incredible!

The views along the La Sal Loop were incredible!

tight turns on the La Sal Loop

tight turns on the La Sal Loop

Castle Valley

Castle Valley

Great place to stop for the view

Great place to stop for the view

Dinosaur Tracks

There are several areas in and around Moab where you can view dinosaur tracks!  Read more about this HERE.  We detoured about 5 miles off the La Sal Loop to visit Bull Canyon Dinosaur Tracks.

The drive ended along the Colorado River where we stopped to see the water and scope out a picnic spot.  I was thrilled as we turned back towards the car to see rock climbers.  We knew a few spots in Arches where we’ve seen climbers before and were disappointed that Yi didn’t get see any the day before.  Now we know another area to look for climbers!

Bull Canyon Overlook Dinosaur Track Site

Bull Canyon Overlook Dinosaur Track Site

Dinosaur Track!!

Dinosaur Track!!

Colorado River

Colorado River

Rock Climbers

Rock Climbers

Canyonlands National Park

Next we headed to Canyonlands. We had plenty of time since we weren’t doing any big hikes so we were able to spend quite a bit of time at each viewpoint. We also hiked/walked to the top of Whale Rock, which was a new activity for Keith and I. It was really cool to be on top of this large sandstone structure. I only wish we had someone taking our picture from the bottom!

We were at Grand View Point around sunset, relaxing with a canyon view when all of the sudden we remembered that we had skipped Mesa Arch on the way in. It was a bit comical the way we all jumped up and rushed in the opposite direction of everyone else to hop in the car and try to make it to Mesa Arch before dark. We arrived just as the sun was setting and enjoyed the colors of the daylight fade at Mesa Arch.

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Running around on Whale Rock

Running around on Whale Rock

Whale Rock is HUGE

Whale Rock is HUGE

Looking into Canyonlands from the top of Whale Rock

Looking into Canyonlands from the top of Whale Rock

We posted this pic on Instagram and learned that it's a Jersusalem Cricket!

We posted this pic on Instagram and learned that it’s a Jersusalem Cricket!

sunset at Canyonlands

sunset at Canyonlands

Relaxing and enjoying the view

Relaxing and enjoying the view

Sunset pushups with Yi!

Sunset pushups with Yi!

Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

Sometimes at sunset you get these wild layers on the horizon!

Sometimes at sunset you get these wild layers on the horizon!

What a view!

What a view!

Desert nights are the best!

Desert nights are the best!

To Be Continued… Again!

Check back this Saturday for a BONUS POST about Yi’s visit. The next post will include mountain biking in Moab, a video and more!