Valley of the Gods: Day 2

We awoke to cloudy skies in Moab. After breakfast, we decided to try again to get some decent photos at Arches National Park. As we drove toward the park entrance, we saw the command center still set-up for the search for that person that shot the park ranger. Must not have caught the guy yet.

Arches National Park

It was cold and windy as we drove into Arches, but the sun was slowly starting to appear. We did a quick walk down the Park Avenue trail, then drove to the Windows viewpoint for more photos. By this time, the sun was out and the temperatures were starting to warm up. Before heading out-of-town, we did a side trip up to Deadhorse Point for some more photos. Afterwards, we headed back down to Moab and got on the road to Valley of the Gods. We arrived at the bed and breakfast just before sunset.

The Valley of the Gods Bed and Breakfast is a restored ranch house that sits at the base of Cedar Mesa with an absolutely spectacular view of the valley. The location is ideal for getting away from civilization for a couple of days while still having all the comforts of home. We chose to stay in the separate outbuilding that is actually a converted root cellar. The top floor has a living room and bathroom, and the bedroom is on the bottom floor. The two levels are connected by a small spiral staircase, which works great as long as you’re not trying to drag your luggage though it. After settling into our room, we drove a short ways down the valley road to try to get some sunset photos of the peaks. Should have just stayed at the B&B as it was higher and offered better opportunity for photos. Oh well.

Sunset in Valley of the Gods

One of the disadvantages of staying in an isolated location like Valley of the Gods is there’s isn’t a lot of choices for dining. The B&B only serves breakfast, so dinner requires a trip to Mexican Hat, about 10 miles away. This tiny hamlet along the San Juan River is pretty much shut down in November with only a gas station/minimart and a hotel open this time of year. Fortunately, the San Juan Trading Post Hotel has a small café  that was open for dinner.

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About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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