Well, we’ve lived in Moab for a month now and I thought I’d give you all a little update on what life in the desert is like.
First of all, we are right smack dab in the middle of so much fun, which is awesome. Moab is surrounded by two national parks, the Colorado river, and hundreds of miles of gorgeous desert wilderness. Adventure is only a few minutes away from our front door and we’re making the most of it. We’ve spent every weekend out and about visiting favorite spots and discovering new ones, and I live for that time together. It’s on those days that I love living here.
Living in a tourist town like Moab definitely has its perks. For example, I never have to dress up, ever. A t-shirt and jeans is the norm, and even in that I’m often far fancier than the people coming to town for a beer and a shower after a week on the trail. People watching here provides constant entertainment.
But there are some downsides too. Groceries are expensive, and meat and produce are not always the freshest. Restaurants are most of all mediocre (I miss my SLC spots like crazy) and yet it’s nearly impossible to get a table anywhere during the weekends. And the dust— oh the dust!— the amount of dirt and sand I sweep out of my house every week is appalling.
It’s finally starting to feel a little like home here, but I’m not going to lie, it’s been a hard transition and there have been plenty of lonely days for me. Thankfully Steve still loves his new job and John has taken all of the change in stride, so I’m learning to be strong and grateful.
Thank goodness for sunshine, red rocks, and bright blue skies. If ever I’m down, all I have to do is walk outside and it just sort of melts away.
Now to gear up for triple digit temperatures. Eeek! We’ll see how fit I am for real desert life soon enough.