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Day One Moab
Today we found ourselves in Moab Utah. The adventure sports capital of the world. I could get into a lot of trouble here. We arrived late in the afternoon and did a quickie tour of Arches National Park. Really awe inspiring stuff. I will let some of the pictures tell the story. Tomorrow we are doing some serious off roading in Mommy’s new jeep and some kayaking in the afternoon. Today was 100, but it is a dry heat. lol
 
Day Two Moab

Today was our first 4 wheel drive adventure. I made the mistake of asking some locals for some advice on a first time beginner trail. They  took one look at my New York license plate and promptly suggested “Hell’s Revenge”   Being Naive, I kindly thanked them and headed out with the family to the beginner trail named Hell’s Revenge.  Funny how the trail map rated this as a 4 out of 4 for difficulty and dangerousness. Ah well, the locals would not steer me wrong. Right??? Wrong!!! Hell’s revenge is the perfect name for the gut busting, metal smashing, 10 miles of pure Hell. Kristi had a full blown nervous break down and Colby kept screaming that we were going to die. I actually had to drag them back into the jeep when they tried to walk home in the 105 degree Utah sun. There were sincere tears and screams throughout the day. 2000 ft. drop offs in all direction while balancing the jeep on a 6 foot precipice. Very gnarly. We lived to tell the tale, but I am certainly headed toward divorce court.

 
Day Three Moab
 

Today was a more laid back and relaxing one than some of our other hectic days. Kristi and the kids slept in while I went off roading in the jeep. I found a really cool cave that went straight through a mountain. I made it about 100 yards in and then convinced myself that I heard a rattle snake and booked ass outta there. We had  a rafting trip for the afternoon with a local outfitter. It was a blast. Not too extreme, but the guide did say that “an older gentleman who was overweight” died on this trip 3 weeks ago.  He later said that the older gentleman was about 40!  Well, that little comment cost the nice river guide 50% of the tip that I was planning. lol The trip included lunch. The guides pulled us into a small alcove and promptly set up a make shift kitchen. All sorts of fresh ingredients were being sliced and diced. Before we knew it they were serving this fantastic medley of beans, sour cream, guacamole, olives, cheese, onions etc served in a rolled up tortilla. It looked like an ice cream cone stuffed withe Mexican food.

 
 
They called it a mexi-cone. After having a great lunch on the banks f the Colorado River, we continued our afternoon paddle through some mild rapids. Fantastic scenery, met some good people and had a really good day.

Here is the mexi cone recipe for anyone feeling hungry.

Mexican Salad

(To serve 6)

1 can kidney beans
1/2 can black olives sliced
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 lb grated cheddar cheese
10 oz sour cream
10 oz salsa
2 diced tomatoes
1 diced avocado
some diced green onion

Mix all together.
Add broken corn tortilla chips just before serving (or they go all soggy).
Serve in flour tortilla cones.

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Day Four

Our day started out bright and early at Arches National Park. We did our hiking early and beat the mid day heat.  Arches is really  a special place. From there we headed out to Dead Horse State Park which is right outside the entrance to Canylonlands National Park.  The view from Dead Horse P0int was bar none the best view I had ever seen. It was a mini grand canyon. Big enough to inspire awe and still small enough to maintain a perspective. Canyonlands was our last stop of the day and honestly it was a little bit of a let down. It simply did not compare to Arches.