This last week my family and I headed down to Moab. We were heading down to the Utah Geocachers Association fall meeting, and to spend some time in a place I have never been.
Ok, I have to take the time to admit to the world that I am from Southern Utah. I grew up two hours from Bryce Canyon national park, and I was only two and a half hours from Arches national park. My high school used to compete with Moab in many sports.
Yet in all my life (well that I can recall) I have never been to Moab. We got close, every year we went to Lake Powell. Also I saw a lot of red sandstone at my home. So it was just never on my list of things to do. As I got older, I just found other places to visit, many people took trips down there and I never did. So it was about time.
I was exited when Moab came up as an option and I pushed for it for two reasons. The first was the chance for me to go there, and the second was that UTAG had never had a meeting there. It was time to go see another place.
I thought for a while I might be going alone, there was some waffling on the part of me and my family. In the end we decided to go. Actually it was pretty late, two days before we committed to go. That also meant that we needed to reserve a room.
Gah, just for your information, do not try and get an inexpensive hotel room in a tourist town a few days before you plan on going. So we found a place an hour away in Green River.
We headed down to Green River Friday night and crashed at the motel. The kids went to the swimming pool and I crashed. :P Long day, a few hour drive, some people love those things, i don't.
Goal #1 - Dino Tracks
I did not want to spend the entire day driving, so I tried to schedule things with a stop here and a stop there. The geocaching event/lunch was not until noon, so we had some time.
The first stop on the adventure was to the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracks. This was actually one of the early Earthcaches that were published in Utah. I had seen it on a map for a number of weeks, and it was on my list. Isn't a dinosaur track one of things every kid wants to see?
Well this was one that I was sure the kids would like. We left the highway and headed off road to the cache site. We were in the car and it took a little bit of work to drive around the ruts in the sand from the recent rains, but we made our way to the trailhead. The hike up to the cache site was pretty easy to make.
The kids got exited when we got to the site. You could find the actual tracks pretty simply. People had taken small stones and surrounded the actual tracks. They spent a lot of time poking around, and we walked a bit up the trail until we got the nice sign saying "Stay out of old mines, they are radioactive". So we headed back. It was a nice start to the day.
Goal #2 San Juan County
San Juan county of course. Actually not just the county but I needed to grab Wilsons Arch. The arch is right by the side of the road. Of course the trip to Moab from Green River is normally 45 Minutes. We turned it into a three and half hour drive with the few stops. This was the first arch that we saw for the day, but it would not be the last of them. I took a walk up into the hill nearby, then took a moment to snap some photos. the light was not actually very good, but I got the information that I needed.
Goal #3 Virtual and a Traditional
Yep I had to grab another cache while on the day. Actually a few caches. The first was at a home that had been carved out of the canyon side. At first I thought it would be stupid to build a home in the stone, until I thought how it may always keep it a little cooler than a house. So to each their own. The cache was called Holes N the Ground. Then around the hill to a traditional cache. That one did not turn out as well as I thought. The walk was a ways through the weeds and I found the wrong way.
Goal #4 - Event
My favorite part of most caching days is the event. I am a social person that drives my kids nuts. I took all the coins that I had mine and many that lyonden_ut had given me a while back.
He gave me many of his coins on the condition that I made sure that I take them to events and share them with other people. So here they came. There were about 15 that were given to me from him, and I have about 150 to 180 coins by now, and I have a bunch of pathtags. I seem to get one or two every month on average. I need more containers to share them with, I have a few books that make them easy to share, they are far easier than the plastic sheets. I used them and I seem to drop them all over and loose them. So I moved to the other books, they hold them better.
That is it for the morning. I will write up my arches trip all by itself.