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Day 3 - Island in the Sky


Mostly a driving day stopping at various overlooks and a light hike to Mesa Arch...  

          

           
Ran in to Bob Wallace at Mesa Arch.  Bob is a full time Interpretive Ranger for the Park service...

                                

                     



Day 4 - Hidden Valley


Most of the locals say that some of the best hiking around Moab is outside of the parks... If Hidden Valley is an example I would have to agree.  It starts in a parking lot just outside Moab and a un-marked trail leads up to some pretty interesting Petroglyphs.   Round trip including Jon's added loop around the Mesa was approximately 7 miles...

          

      

       

All the images or "rock art" that we viewed were carved or "pecked" in the stone probably using a rock tool.  Although it is referred to as art it seems unlikely that these represent art as we understand it today. Road signs, signatures, religious symbols, territory markings, possibly cartoons or maybe even early mathematics is more likely the case.  If you look closely there are actually layers of older carvings; the same spots being used for a long time.  How long and the real meanings behind them is still being studied and debated.  Some of the images are pretty easy to figure out, such as the animals but some are pretty strange.  Is the image above on the left a person in a space suit ? or... a symbol for a pregnant women?  One thing is for sure... It would be interesting to get inside the head of these "artists" to really know.  


The drive home...


We hit the road Friday morning for the trip home...
                          

Stopped for fuel in Roy Utah around noon.  Ask just about anyone in Roy where's a good place to get a quick lunch and they will say "the Burger Bar" which of course is "Home of the Big Ben".  And it was... Great burgers and home made onion rings.  After several days of hiking it tasted pretty good.  



We spent Friday night in Baker City Oregon.  The best bet for lodging there is the Geiser Grand Hotel. First opened in 1889, the hotel was closed for almost 30 years before being restored and re-opened in 1997.   No town is complete without a brewpub... and we had a great dinner at Barley Brown's.

Saturday was an easy drive home with a quick stop in Ellensburg for dinner with Max. Caught the 8:00 ferry back to Whidbey.  

Round trip to Moab and back was around 2,250 miles.  

There is so much to do around Moab and there's a number of things we would still like to see so we plan to go back again soon...

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