Utah- Set Number Three

Utah- Set Number Three

We’ve been busy bottling this past weekend and I’m behind on the last set of Utah pictures.  Bottling went well and I’ll have a few updates in the next week or so.  All of our 2012’s are now in bottle and resting safely.  Everyone commented how good I’ve gotten with the forklift and I did finally fell like I knew what I was doing.

We finished up our Utah trip in Moab as a good base for Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.  We did a bunch of short 1-2 mile hikes at Island in the Sky in Canyon lands and one long hike at Devil’s Garden in Arches.  The day in Arches was our only day when it got really hot but we started early enough to avoid the worst heat.

Below is one of the ‘fins’ we hiked across at Devil’s garden.  This particular one ended up in an 8 foot jump down.
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There was lots of scrambling over rocks and following very rough trail markers to stay on path as we wound around from arch to arch.

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The arch below was at the end of the very crowded paved one mile trail from the parking lot.  To continue on though you had to climb up about 70 feet of rock at a 45 degree angle.  I called it the separator and traffic on the trail dropped 95%+ after that point.

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The views in Canyonlands were fantastic and I used the wide angle on the phone camera a lot to get panoramas.

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We spent two nights in Moab and the second night we spotted a sitting area above the drive port at the hotel with a couple people drinking beer.  Finding somewhere to drink in Utah is always a challenge.  We told them we were crashing their party and went back to our room for my mobile cocktail case and a couple of bottles of wine.  It turned out that they were a group of neuroscientist working on an article for the National Geographic.  Hopefully there will be a mention of us in the article that comes out next year 🙂  We ended up having dinner with the group of 6 scientist and artist friend they were hiking with and the reporter for the Nation Geographic.  We picked a good group to crash a party with.

I learned a lot about how the brain works over the few hours we hung out.  Did you know there is something called ‘Cultural Stimulation Threshold”?  Basically if you come from a place with a lot of noise and find yourself in somewhere quiet you create enough noise to feel comfortable.  I also learned you should get outside at least once a week and do something different from routine to keep your brain working at its best.
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The desert was in bloom for our visit and I took lots of flower pictures.  This was a favorite.
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We stopped in Ogden and then Reno on the way home.  The final trip picture:
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