Melissa and I relied heavily on Grandma and Grandpa again so we could escape to Moab for a quick getaway.  Our objective was to mountain bike Steelbender in preparation for our Xterra triathlon next month.   The mountain biking was a lot of fun!  The trail had a lot of sand traps which were kind of tough, but there we also plenty of awesome spots with nice drop-offs.

However, we also timed the trip almost perfectly with the “super moon.”  We learned this week that the moon will be closer to the earth than it ever will be in our lifetime.  For that purpose, we decided to hike to delicate arch to watch the moon rise.  We weren’t the only ones there.  In fact, there was a wedding under the arch we were able to witness.

Also, there were a lot of photographers.  As I pulled out my tripod, I started talking to the guy next to me. Immediately, I knew he was Russian.  Sure enough, he and his wife were both from Russian.  Melissa and I had a good conversation in Russian for about 15 minutes.  What are the chances of having a Russian conversation at Delicate Arch?!

The super moon was awesome.  I took this picture after the sun was completely gone.  The pictures really don’t even come close to doing the moon justice!  It is remarkable that I was able to capture this much of the landscape without the sun.

We also met this really cool guy who was traveling across America as a photojournalist.  His objective was to visit all 50 states in 50 weeks.  We ended up hiking out with him.  He has a pretty cool website you should check out at photamerica.com.

As always, thanks to the grandparents for watching the kids!

We also met this really cool guy who was traveling across America as a photojournalist.  His objective was to visit all 50 states in 50 weeks.  We ended up hiking out with him.  He has a pretty cool website you should check out at photamerica.com.