I left Zion around 9am to make the 6 hour drive to Moab outside of Arches National Park. The drive on I-15 and I-70 was gorgeous. It was nothing like I expected. I was blow away by the visuals of the sculptured rocks and sights along the highway. I must admit that Utah is much more beautiful than I could have imagined. I checked into my hotel just in time to catch the sunset over the mountains out my window.

I got a late start Wednesday and spent the whole day hiking in Arches National Park. I really liked how accessible Arches was. I spent the day driving from arch to arch. Some of the hikes to see arches were only a short walk. Others ranged from half a mile to 3 mile round trips on out and back trails.

The day was cool with a high of 38 degrees and cloudy. I rained on and off at the earlier part of the day, but I wore my rain gear so I didn’t mind at all. I had underestimated how beautiful this park would be and it exceeded my wildest expectations. The rock formations along with varying arches are a sight to see.

I lost count of how many arches and formations I saw at the park and really enjoyed it. I also got to thinking that this might be my last hike before returning to Madison and as the day went on I was reflecting about this trip and how grateful I was to have taken it. I have a feeling ill be remembering and reflecting on it for the rest of my life. I am glad I took the time to take all the pictures I did and capture some of my thoughts in this blog so I never forget. It might seem like you would never forget something like this, but with all the places I have seen its hard to keep it all straight.

I finished my last hike right as the sun was going down and stopped to watch with a view over the prairie and some rock formations. I must admit I was feeling a little melancholy watching the sun set knowing my trip was coming to and end. I sat for 15 minutes watching the sun slowly disappear reflecting more on the last 3 and a half months and all I have seen and done.

It was only about 10 months ago that my life was forever changed by the house fire and I was sitting in a hospital bed after having lost everything. I was to overwhelmed by everything at the time to think about what tomorrow would bring much less where I would be in 10 months. If you had told me then that id come out on top of this with a 3 month trip of a lifetime and in the most positive place I had been in my life I would have called you crazy.

I will be eternally grateful for all positive things this fire brought to my life, even if I had to lose everything and endure the most physically painful time in my life to get here. Its amazing how something so devastating can bring about such a positive change to one’s life. It would not have been possible with all the love and support I had from everyone at work and in my personal life. I will be eternally grateful for you all for that. Id write more about this but I am going to enjoy the hot tub at my resort and have a beverage after a long day.

I plan on being back in Madison on December 14th. I am driving to Denver tomorrow to spend some time with family before I start my 2 day trip back next Monday.

I look forward to seeing everyone and eventually moving into a new house. Hopefully it will be ready in the next 2 months, finger crossed.

I-15 and I-70 Zion to Moab – Photos https://photos.app.goo.gl/XryHxPnpMnQ2jW1q8

Arches National Park and Moab – https://photos.app.goo.gl/K1Qyx7cRbQpSY7eT6

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