We had an off-road adventure near Canyonlands National Park in Moab, Utah last week. However, that wasn't the crazy part. We almost always have an off-road adventure when we travel - driving in Central America can be a bumpy, insane roller coaster ride. Years ago, on the recommendation of a non-English speaking gas station attendant, we took a short cut to Montezuma, Costa Rica. The cut took us over a mountain range, on a glorified cow path. There were no other cars. (or bridges for that matter) There was barely a dirt road. We wondered, what's going to happen to us? But, do you know what? We made it!
Years later, we were warned to avoid driving in Managua, Nicaragua, for fear of the bus drivers that don't stop for man nor beast. Somehow, we avoided the shakedowns from local cops too.
The only planned off road driving we've done, was on the Big island of Hawaii. We rented a jeep and drove over fields of black lava. Now, that's just a normal day, on a normal road in those parts!
The crazy part of the drive was that we took it with friends! We're solo travelers, so we were happy to discover that our friends, Karen and John, were staying in Marco, right by us in Naples, Florida last March. And wouldn't you know it, those same friends were traveling to Moab for the summer. We already had our Moab trip booked too. So, we hooked up again. Great minds think alike!
They took us to a Gooseneck over the Green River. The view was spectacular. It took awhile to find the perfect location - parking and peering over the canyon, looking for the sweet spot.
I love this candid photo.
Plus, they packed a delicious picnic. (not to mention the use of one of their vehicles) They even packed, local, Outlaw Rum, just because they knew we liked it!
I had to take a shadow shot.
The Green River before it takes a big loop to the Left.
We were sipping a Mai Tai when the sun set over the canyon.
Red Rock Heaven.
The night was perfectly imperfect. At first, the wind almost blew us off the butte. And a storm threatened to rain on our feast. But, then a rainbow smeared across the Eastern sky. The sizzling temperature trickled down the thermometer to a perfect 82 as the sun sank into the horizon. We noshed until dark. Then, we had to pick our way around the rocks, back to civilization. Obviously, it was beautiful.
It was a night to remember.
Thanks Karen and Johnny!
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