I planned a special trip to this place called Moab, Utah. A place I had never heard of. A place with beautiful national parks filled with stunning scenery. It is no wonder, that many movies were filmed here, and that artists and filmmakers are drawn here. The visions of this delicate landscape before me are strong and warm.
The warmth comes from the people of Moab and their kindness. I was always welcomed warmly and had great conversations about their lifestyles. Moab is a place where people work hard, respect the town they call home, and are friendly.
It’s a small town with a big heart, and amazing sites. I was hooked, and fell in love.
The Moab Visitor Center was more than helpful. The staff provided great day trips information, sound advice, and I began to wonder how could I see all of this during my trip. After taking a deep breath walking outside, I decided to venture towards Arches National Park. I was astounded by this magical and inspiring landscape. After the second day, I wanted to see everything, I couldn’t get enough of this very special place. Arches National Park, was visited every day. I traveled all around Moab including the desert. When arriving back to Moab, I thought, this is home.
A typical Moab day for me was waking up early, having a cup of coffee at Dave’s and talking with the locals. Smiles are everywhere here, and the supply of conversations never runs out. Then I was off to City Market to purchase healthy snacks and plenty of water to last throughout the day. On to the national parks — as I was here as a photographer, this was my playground. Then back home to rest during the day, have a swim at the new community pool, or take in the local sights with a cool drink at Peace Tree Juice Cafe, or a delicious butterscotch shake at Milt’s. By the time I left, I had visited Milt’s four times, and by that time, the staff and I were all friends. Then back to the desert for more photographs, before heading into town to shop to bring home some gifts and treats.
After a delicious meal at one of the numerous great local restaurants, the night settled in and the highlights of the day awaited me. Reflecting on all the sites I had seen, listening to the night sounds outside, I suddenly looked up. What was above me was truly astounding. The black-ink sky with millions of visible stars was a planetarium right outside. And this time this one is real. There were colorful stars, and the Milky Way was moving and breathing, glowing softly in the night. How small I felt. This is something I will never get tired of, or never take for granted.
I spent the rest of the time in the town of Moab, looking at everything. In awe of how different we all live, yet how similar. We work, we have families and responsibilities.
I have never been to a town like Moab. I’m truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of this town and our country. I respect this beautiful place and the very special people who live here. I hope I am fortunate one day, to call Moab my home.
Jackie Stevens is a professional photographer based out of Long Island, and New York City. Her work can be viewed at www.jackiestevens.zenfolio.com. She misses Moab and wants to travel back in the winter for more exploring, and a great shake at Milt’s.