23.04.2011 - 23.04.2011 13 °C
Moab rocked our socks off. The 4X4 drive-off this morning was way cool with the added bonus that it happened only a couple of minutes walk from our motel. We didn't count the number of vehicles but suffice to say that there were lots, the main drag was closed for 20 minutes while it happened. When it was all over the town was still packed to the gunnels with off-roaders. If you want to see why they come here then check this out:
We spent the majority of today at Arches NP (and no, there are no McDonald's Golden Arches there). Arches is simply stunning - have posted some photos but, as per normal, they do not do justice.
Tonight we are staying in Cortez,CO (where it is 6,000 feet above sea level. Cortez is close to Mesa Verde, quote: 'Spanish for green table, which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States'.
We are relatively close to The Four Corners - the only point where four US states intersect (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) we'll check that out tomorrow before heading through Monument Valley, the quintessential locale for filming western movies. Sounds like a bit of the good, bad and ugly.