November 28: Corona and Bowtie Arches, Gemini Bridges (Utah)
Kimberly flew to Boise for the Holiday so it was time to go camping with Kessler and Shaylee. The plan was to leave Wednesday night for a trip into the desert, but the weather was bad so we didn’t leave until Thursday night. We ate a Thanksgiving dinner of hotdogs the night before. My two brothers, Mark and Richard joined us, plus Marks kids Matthew and Josh and my Father.
Friday morning started out rainy but cleared up and we visited the short hikes to see the dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs and then hiked to Corona and Bowtie Arch near Moab. It was a nice hike to two impressive arches.
After Corona and Bowtie Arches we drove to Gemini Bridges and visited the two arches before hiking and scrambling to various viewpoints on the Bull Canyon rim.
November 29: Pritchett Canyon and Behind the Rocks (Utah)
Today we all (see November 28 entry) hiked up Pritchett Canyon south of Moab. After following the canyon for a few miles we headed north up a side canyon and followed it to its end. Mark and the kids headed back down towards the trailhead, but Richard, Dad and I climbed to the head of the canyon and to the rim. Richard and I then climbed up some nameless domes for a fantastic viewpoint while dad waited just below the top. There was a great view of arches, fins and canyons from a different angle that not too many people see. We then returned to the trailhead.