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The Full Moon Desert

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We left Boulder on a Thursday with vehicles loaded. Our destination was a nameless road in the desert. J and I were joining 8 other people on a canyoneering trip before heading to Moab for some biking.
The adventure started with the drive and our 2 car caravan. It was snowing in Boulder, so we knew it would be an interesting drive over the Rockies. Soon after Idaho Springs on I-70 we saw a sign saying that the interstate was closed from Copper to Vail Pass. We stopped in Silverthorn to get a bite to eat and figure out what to do. We decided to take Independence Pass to Leadville and down to Vail instead of waiting for the interstate to open. It was slow going but the roads weren’t too bad. Once we got back to the interstate we made a group decision to stop somewhere for the night. We camped just before the Utah boarder at a random recreation area.DSC_6716

DSC_6725The next day we continued our drive and ended up on a nameless road south of Hanksville. We were psyched for the canyoneering but didn’t have a clue what we were getting ourselves into. All I knew about canyoneering was that you rapped down into the canyon and somehow got out. We set up camp and set off for our first canyon called Arscenic. There was one long rappel at the beginning and then we spent the rest of the day making our way to the main canyon where we hiked out. The concensous after the first day was that canyoneering was awesome.

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DSC_6883The next day we did the same thing except in a different canyon, 4 rappels instead of 1, and 10 people instead of 5. We had a blast and learned that you can really rappel off a rock wedged between the canyon walls. After we hiked out and back to camp we made dinner and sat around the fire having a grand ol time.

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DSC_7056We packed up camp and headed to Moab on Sunday. We spent our first day in Moab at the Sand Flats campground. From out site we were able to scramble up a rock and take some amazing pictures of the Sand Flats area and the La Sal Mountains. Once the sun set we headed down the rock and true to Chelsey fashion I stumbled and bruised me knee really good, which made the down climb a little more difficult.

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We biked the Slickrock trail on Monday. We chose to not take my camera so all the pictures from the bike ride are from our phones. We had a blast and I was reminded of how much I love mountain biking.

We moved campsites to a BLM campground along the Colorado River. The plan was to bike the Poison Spider trail on Tuesday, but we decided that we were tired and would rather take our time packing up. We spent Monday night taking long exposure pictures and painting with light. This was the first time we had really spent any time playing with my camera at night. The results are some awesome pictures.

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Have you ever played in the desert? Did you love it or hate it?

Honeymoon – Oregon

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We continued our honeymoon roadtrip in Oregon (Part 1, Part 2). While there we went to Florence for salt water taffy, Newport for Rogue beer, Lincoln City for kites, Otis for the amazing food at the Otis Cafe, Tillamook for cheese, Cannon Beach for nasty clam chowder, and Astoria for the Columbia River Maritime Museum. I am going to just post the pictures and you can ask any questions about this part of our trip.

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Yay! Oregon

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The ocean continued to amaze us

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The beach in Lincoln City

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Eating dinner at a state park campground

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We found some sand dunes off the highway and went exploring. Decided to eat lunch by the ocean instead of taking the truck through the sand.

The beach at Oregon Dune National Recreation Area

The beach at Oregon Dune National Recreation Area

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One of the random beaches we stopped at on the way to Tillamook

One of the random beaches we stopped at on the way to Tillamook

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When I saw that Tillamook was in Oregon I decided that it was a must. They had so many yummy cheeses to try.

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We had been told by many people that the best chowder was to be found in Cannon Beach. So we made a special stop just for it. Sadly it was the nastiest chowder I have had since I bought some in the Boston airport.

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A sweet sand castle in Cannon Beach

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Trying to be cool and make a heart with our arms

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We bought a kite in Lincoln City, but it was raining so we didn’t get to fly it until Cannon Beach.

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The bridge from Astoria, OR to Washington. I love bridges so this was a highlight for me and I was excited that we got to drive over it four times.

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The Astoria-Megler Bridge from the Washington side.

Have you been to Oregon? Where is your favorite place to visit?