Wednesday - November 19, 2008

Today was another beautiful day in Moab with clear, sunny skies. We did a mountain loop tour today so it was a bit cooler in the mountains with temperatures in the low 50’s so we don’t know what the high here in Moab was, but all in all it was a nice day.

Today we did the Colorado Riverway and La Sal Mountain Loop Road, we probably did it backwards from what the guide book says but we were closer to the La Sal Mountain Road to start than the Colorado Riverway. It was a beautiful drive through the mountains, at one point we were high enough to find a bit of snow on the road and a couple of icy patches, fortunately it wasn’t much as the road was very twisty and turny with VERY steep drop offs and no shoulders or guard rails. Needless to say I was holding on tightly for a fair bit of the drive – now what good would that do if we did go over the edge–LOL!!!! The scenery was beautiful and when we came down along the Colorado River we were in beautiful Castle Valley surrounded by mountains.

La Sal Mountains and Views from Mountain Drive

We pulled off at one overlook and they had a big board up showing where a huge forest fire had decimated a large are of the La Sal Mountains in August of this year, shortly after we came across an area where all the trees were blackened skeletons due to the fire. Yesterday the fellow at the Visitor Centre mentioned that the Dewey Bridge, which was one of the scenic spots listed on this particular tour, was no longer there as it had burned this summer, guess it was one of the casualties in this large forest fire.

At the end of the loop there is a new walking bridge over the Colorado River which opened in May of this year, we stopped and walked about ¾ of the way across and got some pictures of the river.

On the way through town, heading home, we stopped at the Post Office and the Kokapelli Gallery, which had some beautiful Indian jewelry, pottery etc., then did a quick run into the grocery store.

And so ends a great gift of a day and we are looking forward to tomorrow and another day of beautiful sights, do join us again to see what the day unfolded.

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