We decided to go to Moab, skip the camping and treat ourselves to a B&B, in order to make eating/relaxing as much a priority as the adventures we were also seeking. This last minute change was also precipitated by the fact that I got really sick on Tuesday (laryngitis I think) and even though I felt better by the time we left on Friday (still was not able to talk until Saturday), the thought of camping did not sound the least bit appealing.
Friday, 03/30/12 Corona Arch
We left home on Friday around 10:15am and took our time getting there and even stopped for a hike to Hanging Lakes, which we have discussed every time we have driven through Glenwood Canyon, but have never had the time to do. We followed the signs to Hanging Lake, exiting the highway at Exit 121/Grizzly Gulch, parked at the TH and Allison got a head start up the trail while I tied my shoes. A quick glance at the signboard announced that it was not the TH to Hanging Lakes.... WTF? Serious? I guess I did not do my homework (as I had always assumed that was the exit), so we just kept rolling West on I-70.
Arrived in Moab around 4:30pm, checked into the B&B, then headed out the Potash Road, 10.1 miles to the TH for Corona Arch. It was only a few miles round trip and we took our time scampering around on the slickrock and taking many pictures, really enjoying our freedom to wander and take our time without any responsibility.
Amazing excavation of sandstone for the RR tracks
Walking above Hunter Canyon
Which way? Where is that map?
Our turnaround point was up the dirt road in the center, behind the large sandstone wall
In the afternoon, we headed over to Hunter Canyon for a 3.5 mile RT walk. Hunter Canyon is one of the few canyons with somewhat consistent water flow, tall trees and abundant vegetation.
Some rather large rocks have fallen, note Allison in the picture for scale
Cave of forgotten dreams.... This cave is MASSIVE and I tried to get up to it, but the going was a real scrubble scramble. I made it 3/4 of the way up, but opted to not push my luck, as there was too much loose rock and hangfire. I had to descend most of the upper part facing in and was a little sketched at times. With a helmet and someone like Homie, I might have made it though.