The trail ends at Tower Arch and provides complete isolation.
Our farewell note (for now) to Moab
We have successfully visited many sights, Arches, bridges, canyons, parks, and more (including a visit to Eddie McStiff's on Main street in Moab for a beer in downtown Moab; thanks Rob for good beer guidance here) ...as we ventured far off the beaten path every day, we ended up in spots to be all alone in the beauty of the United States. In fact, for each of the last five days here in the Moab area, we found ourselves putting the Jeep into 4 Wheel drive to get to where we wanted to be and sometimes into 4 Low for rock crawling climbs and long steep declines, putting us in the middle of no where, but also in the middle of it all.
Along the way we have crossed paths with an incredible array of people, from family in Utah, to mountain bikers headed out into the wilderness of Thompson Canyon; we graciously refilled the three of them with ice cold water from the jugs in our cooler and wished them well on their journey. We also helped a guy get back to his feet after crashing his motorcycle on a rural road just moments before our arrival (which reminds me that I need a much more extensive first aid kit in the Jeep).
We will be heading out from the Red Cliffs Lodge (just outside of Moab, it's awesome, come here someday if you can) on Sunday; our route will not be defined until we are on the road, but with ambitions to visit Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion (yes, ambitious). We will likely take all back roads to soak up as much scenery as possible along the way. So, stand by for one more "Jeep photo of the day", however, I won't be able to guarantee that the Jeep will be sitting in dirt (it's most favorite place of all; mine too), but there's a good chance we will have a rear window open or the top flipped open as we see the earth from as many points of view as possible.
I suspect we will eventually land on highway 15 at some point and arrive back in San Diego on Monday.
We have many awesome memories from this epic exploration of the Moab area, including the most amazing shooting star I can ever recall seeing, which Kathy claimed to be a meteor crashing to earth (when was the last time you saw a shooting star?).
In the meantime, turn off your TV (we did five years ago) and get out there. We are inspired to return to Moab soon with plans to run the White Rim trail with other Jeepers (it's an epic multi-day trip around the sandstone layer of the canyon); we will also plan to run Elephant Hill to see the awe inspiring coming together of the Green River and the Colorado River at Confluence Point (only reached by Jeep of course).
While earlier today we ran Gemini Bridges trail in the Jeep; an epic sight of two bridges that we walked across, I decided to share instead this simple sight of the Jeep at Fisher Towers (rock towers created by fissures) as the sun was going down today.
Until next time, keep all four on the floor and the shiny side up.