Time Off

I've been missing in action this summer because we have been so busy! I really thought I'd have loads of time to blog and catch up on a few projects, but with an international move, the selling of our US home, the emptying out of our storage unit and then visiting every last bit of our extended family, I've hardly had a moment to surf the internet. But, we've loved every moment of it!

Now our time in the USA is winding down and the time for goodbyes is near. Yesterday we moved my daughter into her dorm. How fun it was to unpack and organize her things. It was interesting to see what nick-nacks she brought to remind her of home and make her setting comfortable. With seemingly endless trips to Target/Walmart/Ikea, I am exhausted and my wallet is significantly lighter!

Saturday Eden and I will leave for Saudi Arabia. We will begin a new adventure and I am hoping upon hope that I will finally have the time to catch up on all our summer travel and even a few trips we took in the Spring before leaving Germany.

By the way, have you noticed the blog's new look? This is the work of my eldest, she has been a super helpful! I've also changed my url to www.outandaboutglobal.com. Come back to follow our adventures in Saudi Arabia! 

Silent Sunday

It pays to get up early--We caught this area of Arches National Park around 7am and had the canyon to ourselves for about 30 minutes.

Silent Sunday

There is something so stunning in this barren desert scene. We took a river rafting trip on that river below which, ironically, is called the Green River.

Arches National Park

There are few things in this world as beautiful as the earth itself.  The US National Parks are charged with preserving the unspoiled beauty of these fantastic natural landscapes and this week my family spent some time exploring one of the most unique and beautiful ones; Arches National Park in Eastern Utah.

The draw to this rocky wonderland is the landscape carved by millennia. Erosion has eaten away at the rock leaving behind delicate arches, chimneys and balancing rocks. Add to that the red color against green desert flora and you've got a photographers dream--not to mention endless hikes, bike trails and swimming opps.

My kids like to tease me by saying, "mom, is it amazing, incredible and unbelievable?" It totally is. The geology is so interesting, you really can see the laying of the ages and park signs do a good job explaining how all these shapes happened.

The Details
Address: 4 miles North of Moab, Utah
Cost: $10/vehicle good for 7 days
Hours: Park is open 24 hours a day.
Parking: All the hot spots on the trail map have parking, but spaces do fill up.  Go early in the day.
Tips:  I think I say this quite often, but you really do need proper shoes. I am amazed at how many people I saw trying to make some of the hikes in platform flipflops.  TENNIS SHOES OR HIKING BOOTS, PEOPLE! Strappy sandals such as Tevas are a good option as well.

It is essential to take lots of water and begin early--we were finished with the most strenuous hike by10:30am and the sun was already blazing by then.  The park provides you with a good map indicating location and distance of hikes. Many are very simple and family friendly, but a few are a bit longer and one requires a reservation.

Bob and I loved Arches. The girls enjoyed it and were impressed with the scenery, but they only had about half as much interest as we did in hiking. Luckily for us, they are old enough to stay behind while Bob and I went back for bit more more.


Silent Sunday

Have I mentioned how much I love cemeteries? Well, I do and on our recent trip back to Kentucky we took an hour to stop by the historic Lexington cemetery. 


Our Western Adventure

I am not blogging much this week because we are enjoying our last week together as a family before Bob leaves for Saudi and Eliza for college. We are driving through the desert of Utah and this sage brush is about the extent of the foliage in these parts. We are having a nice time though and I am excited to edit my photos and get them posted.

Silent Sunday