We loaded the car with me, Abby and the Chihuahuas Max and Sierra, and all our stuff, and headed west to Farmington, New Mexico. It was a fairly routine drive, with a couple of thunderstorms on our route, and a wildly windy eastern New Mexico. We are retracing the wedding trip of three years ago.
• Farmington to Moab, Utah; Fisher Towers
We got up in Farmington to a beautiful sun in a bright blue sky. We had a big breakfast, then headed north through the Four Corners region to a regular stop for us, Blanding, Utah, for our bags of fun free stuff from their welcome center.
We drove up U.S. 191 through Monticello, where we stayed twice last year. It’s a lovely small town, and we might have stayed with them again this time, but hunters occupy the Abajo Mountains hunting deer this time of year, and there was no room in the inn.
We got to Moab, Utah, by midday, got a bite of lunch, then drove up the Castle Valley highway to Fisher Towers. The trail and scenery were nothing short of spectacular.
Abby and Sierra weren’t up for hiking as far as I was, so the ladies found a nice spot to rest and enjoy the sunshine, and I took Max on down the trail another mile or so.
After returning to the car and driving a couple of miles, we stopped to photograph an excellent golden hour scene of the La Sal Mountains viewed through a canyon with slickrock formations in the foreground.
• Delicate Arch and Morning Glory Natural Bridge
Abby and I hiked to Delicate Arch, where we got married three years before.
It was a perfectly beautiful day, just like the day when we wed. There seemed to be more people there than three years ago, but not so many as to spoil our time. It was a wonderful experience to take Abby back to this place we both love and is so meaningful to us.
After lunch, Abby stayed in and I hiked Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Bridge, which is the sixth longest natural span in the world. It was an excellent hike, and I timed it perfectly, such that I was back at the trailhead right before dark.
• Driving East Toward Home
We drove at our usually leisurely pace, stopping to photograph a thing or two, the dogs in the back seat or in our laps. We spent the night in Tucumcari, then enjoyed an easy drive the next day to our home in Byng, Oklahoma.