MD COVID-19 UPDATE: On Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Hogan issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state of Maryland as COVID-19 cases has surpassed 1,400. Anyone caught violating the order will be guilty of a misdemeanor that carries a possible sentence of up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. I think we really need this because in the past two weeks of shelter-in-place, I still see groups of stubborn people playing basketball at the park. What can I say, people love their freedom.
This is our third week working from home, and we're making the most of it.
For this post, I'd like to share my travel photos from Utah. In July of 2019, I traveled to Salt Lake City to attend a committee meeting. This was my first trip to Utah, and since my meeting was on a Thursday, I extended my stay through the weekend. It's one of the best decisions I've made in my life.
|The view from my meeting room. I was more excited to go out rather than being stuck in a meeting room. I know, please don't tell my employer.|
|My meeting venue was just across the famous Salt Lake Temple. This is one massive, beautiful temple.|
Lo and behold, right after my meeting, I rushed out to pick up my rental car and drove for three hours straight to Moab. All my research about exploring the Arches National Park points to Moab as a great place to base yourself. There are lots of hotels there. It was around 5 pm when I reached my first unplanned stop - Dead Horse Point State Park.
|Here you can see from afar the potash evaporation ponds, where they harvest potassium chloride.|
I waited for sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park. There were only a few people there, so it was very peaceful. With a beautiful view and the wind cooling my face, I felt relaxed and free. It was bliss. The next day, I joined an a tour company that specializes on off roading adventure to the Canyonlands. The beauty about off roading is to simply enjoy the humps and jostles of the ride. Of course, there are the occasional screams of fear when you car almost falls off the cliff, but that's why you sign a liability release document before taking the tour.
|The peak known as Big Chief.|
|I was amazed at how much this vehicle can handle.|
|Our driver told us this is where they filmed the last part of the movie "Thelma and Louise."|
|Let me know if you see the arch.|
|The fascinating beautiful Juniper tree.|
|I can't put into words the excitement and awe seeing these rock formations.|
|If I am not mistaken, this is the Delicate Arch.|
|Fans of the Indiana Jones movies should recognize this site.|
|Arches National Park|
|We caught up with this off roader.|
I only had three days to explore Moab and the national parks. Kepi was so jealous when he saw my photos, so when we can travel again, we're definitely planning a trip back to Utah and perhaps spend a week or two just exploring the national parks.