Mexican Hat, Utah

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Day 2 is quickly coming to an end, even though there’s still quite a distance to go, to reach Moab, Utah.  I used the last light of day to take this picture of the rock formation that gave Mexican Hat, Utah, its name.  A turnoff allows you to get close to the base of the rock.

After this, the light was gone.  I headed to Moab in the dark, passing by unknown beauty along the way.  One thing I was able to see, one sign after another, warning me of the dangers of deer, darting into the road.  With each sign, I wondered why I didn’t buy the extra insurance on my rental car.  But, I didn’t hit one, or even see one… and finally finished the 120 or so mile journey to Moab.

Moab, UT makes a great base for exploring both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  It can be expensive on weekends, and in the height of tourist season.

Note: This trip was first published in 2004.

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