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Jeff and I arrived home on Friday evening.  That day was such a blur that I’m not sure what time we got home… perhaps 7 PM?  It rained all day while we were on the road.  After a month in the desert, I had forgotten what rain was like. 

We made two stops along the way on Friday.  We paid a surprise visit to Eric at Atlantic British.  I had never been there… it was cool to finally see AB, and it was great to have a chance to catch up with Eric.  I really wish that we could see more of him, but he and Carlane live far enough away that it is tough for us to get together nearly as often as we’d like.  We also dropped off FINSUP at Cityside on the way home.  Her front differential did not survive the trails of Moab.    

We were exhausted when we got home, so we pretty much just went to bed after dinner and some quality time with the kitties.  Max and Scout seemed stunned to see us… I think they had given up hope that we would ever return!

BTW, thanks for leaving us a yummy homemade spinach lasagna for dinner, Mom.  It really hit the spot!

We set an early alarm for Saturday morning so that we could get to MIT by sunrise for the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.  Usually I’m there to help with setup for the sale on Friday, but because we were still on the way home, I had to settle for volunteering on Saturday only.  Jeff and I were pretty glazed over and tired, but I’m really glad we made it to the sale.  The sale is the one time of the year that the extended Glass Lab community gets together.

Today was a day of recovery and reorganization.  We took it pretty easy, unloaded a bunch of stuff from the RoVerhauler and started doing load after load of laundry.  Tomorrow I go back to work.  That is going to feel pretty strange after six weeks away.  I am looking forward to getting back to my normal routine, but I could use a couple more days of rest and recovery.  Why do I always feel like I need a vacation to recover from my vacations?  One of these days, I’m going to take some time off to just do nothing and go nowhere.

We are in Moab right now at the Canyonlands RV Park, which is conveniently located across the street from the Moab Brewery. We arrived here after the long drive from Zion on Friday, and we ate dinner at the brewery that evening.

We spent most of Saturday setting up camp, cleaning and organizing the RoVerhauler and exploring some of the charming shops in the town of Moab. We did a self-guided petroglyph tour in the afternoon, using information from a flier that we picked up at the Moab Visitor’s Center, and we had dinner at a great Mexican restaurant, Miguel’s Baja Grill. We happened to be here on the first evening of the 2008 Moab Art Walk, so we hit all nine sites on the art walk after dinner. I managed to restrain myself and only bought one piece, a lovely bracelet. It is made of silver metal and blue and green dichroic glass, and it was quite modestly priced.

On Sunday, we rode a local mountain bike trail in the morning and into the early afternoon, and then we bought tickets for a Colorado River Cruise for the evening, which included dinner. We road the classic Moab beginner’s trail, the Bar M loop. The dinner cruise was nice, but somewhat touristy. The food was hearty and tasty (mmmmm, spicy BBQ pork!), and we met a nice couple from Indiana over dinner. The cruise was very pleasant. The scenery was wonderful, and the view from the river was great. The “sound and light” show was a bit over the top, but interesting and informative nonetheless. The light show might have been a bit more spectacular if not for the brightness of the almost full moon last night, but the moonglow added a beauty of its own to the scenery.

Today, we started exploring Arches National Park. What spectacular scenery! And so accessible too! The roads are great, there are lots of pull-offs for photo opportunities, and numerous trails for those who want to get up close. We visited Balanced Rock, the North and South Window Arches, Double Arch and Delicate Arch. We skipped the Garden of Eden and the Devil’s Garden because we were sun-weary and hungry. I really hope that we will be able to make the time to visit those spots before we must head home. We met a nice couple, Lynn and Allison from North Carolina, on the trail to Delicate Arch. I hope that they will be in touch… they are planning to visit Zion next year, and we have some tips for them.

Registration for the Land Rover National Rally begins tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM. Rover people have been trickling into town over the past couple of days. Jeff has run into several people that he knows from other rallies, and we have met many new people as well.

In the morning, before rally registration opens, Jeff and I are planning to launch the kayak in the Colorado River. We spotted a public boat launch from the river cruise last night. We dragged the kayak and associated gear all the way here from MA, so we want to use it. We found the perfect spot from which to launch the kayak near Zion, but unfortunately, it was already late in the afternoon on the day before we were planning an early morning departure, so we’ll have to leave that spot for our next trip out.