Develed Eggs Secret, Moab, Utah

Tired of eating the same trail foods on your Moab, Utah, day adventures? Try this, Deviled Eggs are delicious and healthy made our way. Here is the way.

Boil 6 eggs (pasteur raised, organic) for 10 minutes. Cool in cold water. Pop out the yolks. Mix yolks with extra virgin olive oil, EVOO, (1T), organic sour cream (1T), salt & pepper and now the secret ingredient—aged balsamic vinegar to taste. Only aged balsamic vinegar adds a deep & sweet depth of flavor. Next time, I plan to drizzle soak the whites in aged balsamic over night. Use as much EVOO to make it moist—(1T) is a guesstimate! Sour cream is optional. Also try cream cheese instead of sour cream—um good too!

Develed eggs fill your tummy full-up on the trail. Healthy too! Pasteur raised eggs are a good source of protein, fat and nutrients a mile long http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=60.

And why is EVOO so healthy? If you are not in the know, go to http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=132#healthbenefits.

Aged balsamic, secret ingredient in develed eggs

Aged balsamic, secret ingredient in develed eggs

Develed eggs on the trail

Develed eggs on the trail

So, we hiked a trail near Moab out to a water falls surrounded by red rock. Picturesque! We saw so many varieties of wildflowers under a wondrous sky of white and blue that we like to run past you. Like the flowers? Like the hike? We are keeping this hike a secret (Ingrid knows this place for sure). If you want to know too, just post a comment and I may tell you.

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Juniper

Juniper berries in abundance

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Indian paint brush

Indian paint brush

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Prickly pear variety

Prickly pear variety

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I call it dinky sunflower

I call it dinky sunflower

Storm after storm after storm rolled though Moab on Saturday. And it got a bit chilly. Good thing I did not try to mountain bike. After 5 days in Moab we are moving over to Capitol Reef National Park.

We plan are coming back to Moab again—so much here to see and do!

“Jaw-Dropper,” Arches National Park, Utah

We hiked 3 miles round trip up and back down a gigantic sandstone slab out to Delicate Arch, the most popular in Arches National Park. Wait your turn to stand under the arch for a photo. There is no other arch of the marque one’s that comes close to its configuration. It stands alone with no supporting rock bridge—looks like a giant horseshoe standing on a cliff with a view.

Gail's arms swinging hiking on a narrow trail with steep drop off!

Gail’s arms swinging hiking on a narrow trail to with steep drop off—Delicate Arch around the corner!

Delicate Arch

Here it is—the Delicate Arch standing alone, no support from any Rock!

See me (Roger) under the arch

See me (Roger) under the arch?

My short moment under the arch is over. Next!

My short moment under the arch is over. Next!

Petroglyphs!

Petroglyphs on way to Delicate Arch!

We also walked 5 miles out and back through the Devils Garden out to Double Arch on a toe-pinching, knee and hip-jerking trail following carins through occasional deep sand and over waves of undulating sandstone monuments. Past sandstone monoliths under blue sky filled with white fluffy clouds. Good day in the high 60’s for hiking and pictures in the Devil’s jaw-dropping garden. Panoramic views in every direction. Junipers, wildflowers and hight dessert bush. The last 3/4 mile out to the Double Arch is more technical with deeper rock sliding surfaces to get up, over and down—a few scary sections.

Then bingo, suddenly there is a massive canyon with more waves of sheer jagged red cliffs one after the other to further amaze me. The Double Arch pales in comparison. Gotta admit, I haven’t seen anything like it—but it seems to be the case anywhere we go in Utah.

Let's hike Devils Garden!

Let’s hike Devils Garden!

Hole!

Hole!

Spectacular!

Spectacular!

La Sal Moutains far away!

La Sal Moutains far away!

Clarets!

Clarets!

Gail on the hike!

Gail on the hike!

Panoramic terrain!

Panoramic terrain!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Rocking out on the Rock!

Rocking out on the Rock! I see the Double Arch!

More canyon!

More deep jagged canyon!

Double Arch. See bottom left, tree, is the 2nd arch!

Double Arch. See bottom left, tree, is the 2nd arch!

See both arches in the "Double!"

See both arches in the “Double!”

Along the way the Landscape Arch, which part of its arch caved in (1991) probably due to water saturation, is most impressive in its long narrow span. Overall, Arches is a spectacular park to stamp-off in our National Parks passport. There are not enough hikes like Canyonlands has bunches!

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch!

Don’t forget the blog a few days back with the Windows Arches which were my favorites and a nice hike, but short! Lots arches!

Last, last night and so far today (Saturday) rain has shut down my plans to mountain bike Klondike Bluffs! Love rain in our Airstream by the way!

Salsa Spearfish Slick-Time on Slickrock Trail in Moab, Utah

Pedaling conservatively conserving energy onto the Moab “Mecca of Red Rock,” I rolled. Good stick on the slick surface too. But I remember the get-up steep climbs and roll as fast as you trust your skills flying down. Figuratively speaking, pissed my breeches as I started. Mister Scaredy-Cat ripped, fat tire gripped, into the flow over a few enormous slick slabs—youi know, let go, because it’s all about that flow, that flow! Felt good again! Like I remember 4 years ago riding with Tony, Laurens, Greg and pals. In the back of my mind I also remember one slick spill! Forget that! So the fear bug kept me on the white dashed lines showing the best line to ride the trail.

Along the way, I hooked up early on with Cameron from Denver. He was cranking big thighs on a Salsa Spearfish too. What’s the chance? Salsa Spearfishes, mine green and Cam’s black, slamming Slickrock having a slick-time! And OMG! Sights—an endless view of rolling red rock and the Colorado river too. We did one loop. It’s a grinding workout on ups and a tense drop down—all a blast and why we love it! I know riding “buds,” Amazing Amy and Gonzo Greg would say, “one loop, let’s do it in reverse now.” Now now, I am sitting in the Airstream cranking the keyboard savoring my Salsa Spearfish Slickrock slick-time! Feeling good, outta here!

Moab Mecca of Rock & Roll

Moab Mecca of Rock & Roll

Follow the white lines!

Follow the white lines! Watch out for that gulch below!

Smell the roses!

Smell the roses!

Salsa Spearfish hook-up

Salsa Spearfish hook-up

Get on it Cam!

Get on it Cam from Denver! Looking good on the climb!

Cam powers the Spearfish up the rock

Cam powers the Spearfish up the rock! Nice pedal power!

Happy Salsa-Time stayed upright all day!

Happy Salsa-Time! I stayed upright all day! Still a few Hurricane scars when I wasn’t upright a few weeks ago.

Colorado River over there!

Colorado River over there! Look real hard! Gotta be here to believe it is real!

Rock City Skyscrapers, Window Arches, Moab, Canyonlands: Go-By Utah!

Rock City, matchless wonder! Walk through the desert and gaze up at sheer, red rock skyscrapers, as towering as any city, like Los Angeles—taller than the 42 story “Big Pink” (U.S. Bancorp Bldg.) in Portland, OR.—its color fits in Arches National Park too! A sunny, 70° day chased by a rush of wind with gray clouds spilling rain on us for a short time. Kept hiking with our $1.99 plastic panchos we keep in our carry packs.

Rock City Skyscrappers

Rock City Skyscrapers

Skyscrappers

Skyscrappers

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Balanced rock

Balanced rock

Gail's fashion tip! Keep the $1.99 plastic with you at all times. Rain comes. Put on. Rain over, fold it back up and  stuff in zip-lock sandwich bag for next cloud burst!

Gail’s fashion tip! Keep the $1.99 plastic with you at all times. Rain comes. Put on. Rain over, fold it back up and stuff in zip-lock sandwich bag for next cloud burst! Get your money’s worth, stay dry and look cool!

Wet rock looking pretty

Wet rock looking pretty

Desert Wild Rose blooming all over and smelling so wonderful!

Desert Wild Rose blooming all over and smelling so wonderful!

We walked up to three unbelievable expansive rock Window Arches surrounded by mountains and rock in all directions. So stunning! Stupefied and flummoxed by the massiveness and magnificence—boy was I ever! We’ll explore some more incredible arches on another day in Arches. There are approximately 2000 arches—“holey-moley”—in Arches! Can’t wait but today I’m riding the Mecca of Fat Tire Rock, Slickrock! I rode it once 4 years ago with Tony, Laurens and Greg.

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After one day of driving our rig around Moab up-down the Colorado River and up-down Sand Flats (made me dizzy) looking for a BLM campsite. To the rescue Ingrid, blogger-RV pal at http://livelaughrv.net tipped us to try Ken’s Lake south of Moab. Sweet! Did it! Love it there! We were stuck in a Moab so so RV park—not our cup of tea—but just 1 night (thanks Ingrid).

Ken’s Lake is serene. Big spaces for big rigs or little spaces for tenters. Its beautiful surrounded by mountains and red “Moab” rocks. Snow cap mountains fill the distant blue sky, ‘cept there were clouds and an electrical storm that amazed us while we barbecued. Beats the crowed Moab crush! Here’s Ken’s Lake!

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We also spent one night in Canyonlands, Needles area. Awesome campground. All hikes originate from camp—really dig that. But only 26 “1st come 1st serve” sites so very hard to nail one down. The Ranger allowed us into a group site, since it was not booked. Spectacular camp view of rocks and canyons. Canyonlands is more crazy rock formations everywhere you look. Rock crazy invigorating climbing rock! Head up—from the 191 turnoff about 20 miles from Monticello, it’s 35 miles to Neddles on rough patched-paved road with 16 rough cattle guard crossings. Take it slow if you don’t want the rivets popping out of your airstream skin or stripped laminate where screws hold your cabinets together. Utah is a barrel of fun and adventure!

DSC_0060 DSC_0052 DSC_0020 DSC_0001It’s a big post, I know. We were so blown away by the pageantry of our natural world, I could not stop with the pics. Let me know if it’s too much for a post. I like your feedback or you want more, I got more more more pics! We both go crazy snapping pics!

MOAB IS THE GATEWAY TO  THESE NATIONAL PARK TREASURES!