Having worked six days doing warehouse duties, and driving the 15 passenger van on a course transfer on an exhausting route, and doing a WalMart/Sam’s Club run to Grand Junction, Monday was a much needed day off. I had sort of planned to do some life maintenance, but it was my friend and co-worker Mat’s last day in Moab, so obviously we were going to do some activities instead.
And activities we did. I started the morning off with an hour long trail run at Negro Bill Canyon, which was incredibly gorgeous, and shaded. When its already 90 degrees at 8 in the morning, shade is not just a nice thing to have, its a necessity. It was a pretty sandy trail, which made for some difficult running, but it was much better than running up and down Spanish Valley Road like I do every day before work.
After that, I came home and spent several hours on Craig’s List looking for fall/winter jobs in every South and Central American country and almost every city in the western United States. Unfortunately, all that effort ended in failure for now.
Around lunchtime, we rallied. Mat, myself and two other Logistics Coordinators, Amy and Kate, all headed out to boat the daily section of the Colorado River. We loaded four kayaks on top of and into one of the instructor’s tiny Subarus and headed down River Road, which runs through through the most gorgeous canyons north of Moab. I think we looked pretty ridiculous with so many boats and people in one car, but it was worth it. The daily has a few class II and III rapids and it was really nice to get out of the heat and onto the river for the afternoon. It was so much fun and the views from the river are absolutely unreal. I wish I had a picture or two, but I don’t think my camera mixes too well with kayaking adventures.
We finished around 6:30, just in time to hit up Mi Ranchito, a cheap and delicious Mexican food joint, and then head straight to pick-up ultimate frisbee at the city park. A bunch of OB people meet up with some other local people to play pick up every Monday for several hours. This Monday had a great turn out and it was a lot of fun. I hurt my knee a little and broke my sunglasses, but it was all worth it just to run around barefoot in some cool green grass with great people for a few hours.
I have the next two days off, so more adventures are sure to follow. I think I’ll spend today doing a lot of boring but necessary life maintenance though.