Easter in Utah
We took advantage of a break between Joe’s training to make an Easter road trip through Utah to visit my brother and his lovely wife.
Arches National Park
On the way to Salt Lake City, we stopped in Moab and spent a morning hiking to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. There are more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches in the park, but Delicate Arch is the most famous. It’s actually the most iconic arch in the world despite being neither the tallest or the widest.
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is beautiful, safe, and clean. Its Mormon history is apparent even from the street design. Brigham Young wanted streets wide enough to turn around a team of oxen around; most streets are 6-8 lanes wide. Street numbers originate at the Mormon Temple and are labeled by their direction and distance from the Temple (e.g., 200 S. is two blocks south of the Temple). Temple Square is gorgeous, mostly thanks to their immaculate landscaping.
Kanarra Creek Falls
On the way home we explored a slot canyon for the first time. After a two mile hike following (and crossing a few times!) a rushing creek, we reached the mouth of the canyon. The canyon is only about ten feet wide but is over 60 feet tall. We hiked through the water for the last couple hundred feet to the waterfall. The water was freezing, but it was well worth the hike!
Overall, Utah was far more scenic than we imagined. We experienced canyons, mountains, forests, desert, city life, and dozens of miles of emptiness. Here are more photos from the trip: