Whether or not you have been to Moab, Utah, try mentioning it to a few people that you know. I bet you will get a lot of "I love Moab" responses. That's all I have ever gotten. Now I know why. Moab is beautiful and fun morning, noon and night. And best of all, everyone has their dog with them. There are dogs in town, at the parks, on the trails and on the river. Moab is truly dog friendly and maybe that is why the people are so happy and friendly too.
All the people I met in Moab were smiling but I did see quite a few unhappy dogs. My guess is that they were dehydrated. I am personally shocked by how much water Wilhem, Brychwyn and Huxley have been drinking since we arrived in the desert. We went through over five gallons of drinking water in less than 48 hours. I have been offering them more water, more often and they have been gulping it down. And Leo has been enjoying spritzes from a spray bottle.
It was tough to pack up and leave Moab. Having traveled so much for so long, I know better than to swear that I will return to a place anytime soon let alone at all. Yet I am certain I will be back in Moab someday. We really did need to get on the road! Our fourth day of driving to Phoenix was a long one, through four states with one planned stop and one amazing unplanned stop.
The unplanned stop was at Wilson Arch just south of Moab. We had already passed a few touristy roadside attractions so I didn't think much of the sings for Wilson Arch. But then I saw it. Wow! So we stopped for some photographs that included a dog and cockatoo friendly hike right up into the lovely sandstone arch.
Leo was fascinated by the swallows dipping in, out and through the arch. The dogs really like hiking on rocks and soaking up the warm Utah sun. Once in the arch, the view and the smells on the breeze captivated the canines.
Our planned stop for the day was Four Corners Monument. When planning this road trip I had been back and forth about whether or not to stop here. Some friends had said it was cheesy and to skip it. Others said while nearby, check it out. The problem with my flip-flopping on visiting Four Corners Monument was that I did not end up fully researching our visit. And we arrived to learn that dogs are not allowed in the monument plaza.
It was, however, very hot. So our visit to Four Corners Monument was short. I was also thrilled to finally be working our laid back road trip on a little bit better schedule. We weren't going to arrive at the Grand Canyon nearly as late as I had feared. In fact, we got there at exactly the perfect time.
This drive through Utah, Colorado, briefly into New Mexico to Arizona not only ended at a spectacular place, but the whole day was a feast for the senses. There were colors too numerous to count. There was hot air, cool air, dry air and moist air. My favorite parts of the day was looking into the back of the van throughout the drive to see Leo, Wilhelm, Brychwyn or Huxley enjoying the sensory wonderland of our journey too. Huxley and Wilhelm were often staring our the window, watching the scenery pass. I occasionally caught Brychwyn and Leo with their heads back and their eyes closed, savoring the smells and the sounds of the highway. This is why I cannot imagine a journey without my pets. Even though we arrived at our Grand Canyon campsite when it was quite dark and I had to scramble to get everyone their dinners and settled into bed, what would I change about this day? Not a single thing. It was absolutely perfect. this drive was perhaps the most picturesque of any part of any road trip to memory. And most of those pictures were not captured digitally.