Sand’s the Enemy! Part I

Posted by on April 27, 2015 at 10:59 pm :: No Comments

Moab makes me happy. The insignificance one feels amongst its enduring landscapes is both decompressing and peaceful. Ahhh…the dramatic cure for the ego-driven modern pace. This April Jason and I kept up our biannual Moab tradition. We had a delightful trip, save the sand, but I’ll get to that shortly.

The Sovereign Singletrack offered every type of terrain.

The Sovereign Singletrack offered every type of terrain.

Who can resist posing a picture like this when such a boulder exists?

Who can resist posing a picture like this when such a boulder exists?

The vistas on Sovereign were expansive.

The vistas on Sovereign were expansive.

Our first day in Moab we biked the Sovereign Singletrack. This 10-mile expedition involved a lot of uphill grunting and technical maneuvering. It was tremendous fun until we decided, per our guidebook’s suggestion, to take a jeep road as our route back. This ATV path was practically a sand dune…and thus the villain enters my tale. (Dun, dun, duuunnnnn.) Those blasted particles slowed our movement more than molasses on an arctic expedition and I repeatedly had to dump sand piles out of my shoes that were so massive they made my sneakers two sizes too small.

Sovereign had enough slickrock to satisfy.

Sovereign had enough slickrock to satisfy.

The beauty of Moab lies not in its lushness but in its harshness.

The beauty of Moab lies not in its lushness but in its harshness.

After Sovereign, we detoured to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. We took a 1.8-mile trail to some viewpoints above Upheaval Dome, a 5-km circular impact crater of mysterious origin. This route was quick but the scenes it passed were pretty impressive.

1 setting sun + tons of blazing stone + 2 energetic rascals = this.

1 setting sun + tons of blazing stone + 2 energetic rascals = this.

The hike to Upheaval Dome's viewpoints was easy but it still had a touch of adventure.

The hike to Upheaval Dome’s viewpoints was easy but it still had a touch of adventure.

Upheaval Dome is a spherical oddity that can't be fully appreciated unless seen by the air.

Upheaval Dome is a spherical oddity that can’t be fully appreciated unless seen by the air.

And so ended our first day in Moab and the first part of my story. Next week our clash with sand continues.

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