Utah is absolutely amazing! I used my GoPro Hero2 and made a few small time-lapse movies in some of the parks we visited. This is a quick stitch of the movies.
In this video you see Grand Canyon (1st shot is from Grand Viewpoint, 2nd is from Angles Landing trail head), Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon, The Wave (this is in Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument; we were lucky to win the lottery for a walk in permit the day before our planned hike) and finally Monument Valley National Park (technically this is the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and is in Arizona but the features are in Utah).
It has never occurred to me that the desert is a place I want to be. Moab and the surrounding area of Utah has definitely changed my mind. The town is in the middle of national and state parks and offers hiking, climbing, biking, and rafting/canoeing. Moab also offers great local restaurants and cafes and a fun local NPR station (90.1). 90.1 played a ton of new-to-me music. One of the songs I was digging was Breezeblocks by Alt J.
George was excited to do some mountain biking. I bit the bullet and we headed to Dead Horse Point State Park. George was busy setting up jumps and shooting video while I went from hating it, to sort of liking it, to wishing the ride was over for the sake of my behind. I definitely recommend the park though, beautiful. We spent the next couple of days hiking in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Great time of year to visit: few people and perfect sunny yet crisp weather.