Posted by: Bethany Davis | March 30, 2012

Arches National Park, Moab

Is it really the end of March?! This month has flown by and our blog posts have been few and far between. We’ve been busy living life and exploring Utah. Most recently, we went on a quick trip to Moab. The town is an adventure-seekers paradise – there are 3 massive national parks nearby. With a baby in tow and only 36 hours in town, we packed as much as we could into our trip.

We stayed at the Desert Hills Bed and Breakfast – one of the few B&B’s that allowed children. They even had a pack-n-play ready for us when we arrived. Our monitor reached outside to the patio, so we could enjoy some hot tub time after Vera went to bed. It’s rare you can combine a family trip and romantic getaway, but we made it work!

Old City Park Disc Golf

The first night we played disc golf at a course a few miles from our B&B. I’ve never played in red sand with cacti lining the path before. We got in a few prickly situations with some stray discs (imagine that!), but had a great time. And, Brian still beat me — even with a baby on him!

Day two we lathered up in sun screen, loaded up with water, and hit the trails at Arches National Park. Pictures cannot do this place justice — the panoramic views of red rock are incredible.

We made a quick stop at WabiSabi Thrift Store for a few items — hats, sunglasses, and a backpack carrier (for $8!). It’s a non-profit that lets you vote for which organizations they should donate their proceeds to for that month. Our vote went to Seek Haven – assistance for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Working around Vera’s naps and feeding schedules, we decided on Sandstone Arch, Landscape Arch, Balance Rock, and a view of the Delicate Arch from the parking lot. She was a trooper, and enjoying the 2.2 mile hike to Landscape Arch. (In case you are wondering about the bonnet… I wasn’t going for the pilgrim look intentionally, it was one of the only sun hats she will tolerate and not rip off her head!)

The Sandstone Arch was perfect for Vera. It was a short walk and the sand was soft and cool. She has never been to the beach before or played in a sandbox, so this was her first experience with sand. I can only imagine what that must have been like to touch and feel for the first time! And, she threw a little tantrum when it was time to go.

Late afternoon, we did some geocaches and went in a few downtown shops. Around 7pm, we decided it was time to head back to Midvale. It was a four hour trip, and thankfully, Vera slept almost the whole time. By 11:30pm we were in bed, and pretty impressed that we conquered Moab in a day and half. 🙂

the sunset while we drove home




  1. LOVE the family picture of you three with the mountains in the back…it’s wonderful! What a memorable trip this must have been for you. Glad you got some disc golf in, too…funny that Brian beat you even with Vera in tow.

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