In early April, my husband and I spent a weekend without kids at the upscale Sorrel River Ranch outside of Moab. The only must-do on our agenda was to hike the Devils Garden loop trail in Arches National Park — a 7.2-mile, moderate trail that we had last completed together 16 years ago, when my then-boyfriend, now-husband first introduced me to the otherworldly desert landscapes in and around the national park.
I wrote about falling in love that weekend (not only with Quent and the wild rock formations) in my April travel column in the Denver Post. Go ahead, scoot on over there and read that first then come back; that piece is one of my favorite essays ever written and might help set some context for the photos below!
I was hoping my editor would have room in the paper to run some of the vintage photos I’d sent her from our 1997 visit to Moab. But, alas, she ran just one of us trying to recreate a shot we’d taken in Arches 16 years prior. It makes so much more sense when run next to the old photo — where my prematurely grey husband has much more dark hair. And I have some pretty dreadful looking bangs….
In searching my scrapbook for those 1997 pictures, I found we’d taken a selfie back in the day! Though at that time, I’m pretty sure I rested my film camera on a ledge, hit the auto-timer, and then ran back to stand next to Quent in front of the camera:
Today’s digital selfies are much more close-up affairs:
Here are some more shots from our 4-hour hike in Arches National Park:
In my column, I talked about Quent’s romantic morning gesture during our 1997 weekend in Moab — pulling out his camp stove and making me pancakes by our rustic Colorado River campsite:
On our 2013 visit to Moab, we enjoyed much more luxurious digs at Sorrel River Ranch, also by the Colorado River, but featuring plush beds, kitchenettes and sweet porch swings. A working ranch, the chef grows his own herbs and produce on site, and horses are on hand for horseback riding on nearby trails:
Just a three-hour drive from our house, Moab is a favorite romantic getaway for me and my husband. I know we’ll be back for more rest, relaxation and romance soon!