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Bill & Elise
MAY 28th, 2017

HOW WE MET

Sarah
Elise and Bill met at a climbing gym in Durango many, many years ago. There were several years of feeling shy and lots of prodding by mutual friends. They finally started dating in 2014, after Bill got a swift kick in the butt to call Elise. They’ve been together ever since.

Wedding

CEREMONY

Gold Bar Campground Site C
Moab, Utah
Sunday, May 28, 2017
4:00 p.m.

Gold Bar Campground has *NO* cell service. Please plan accordingly!


Reception to follow, catered by Sheri Griffith Expeditions
checklistTaco Bar Dinner: Southwest salad, Spanish rice, beans, ground beef, chicken, pork or vegetarian option
checklist Water + Lemonade
checklist Beer + wine
checklist *Dessert and possibly dancing*

OTHER EVENTS

Informal Family Gathering

Saturday, May 27, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Peace Tree Juice Cafe
20 South Main Street
Moab, UT 84532
(Not a formal rehearsal dinner & separate checks will be provided)

Accomodations

WHERE TO STAY

Gold Bar Campground, Site C
(on location)

    10.2 miles from the junction of Hwy 191
    Moab, UT 84532
    *Bathrooms present but no water or electricity (common for the area).
    Friday, May 26th: $20/adult
    Saturday, May 27th & Sunday, May 28th: FREE
    Check-in/out: 12PM
    Gold Bar Campground has *NO* cell service. Please plan accordingly!
    *If you plan to camp in Site C on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, please let us know when you RSVP due to limited space.*
    Need a shower or free Wi-Fi? Head over to Moab Recreation & Aquatic Center
    $5/person; towels, shampoo, body wash, lotion and other products available for purchase
    HOURS:
    Monday-Friday 530AM-730PM
    Saturday 9AM-730PM
    Sunday 11AM-4PM
    *MEMORIAL DAY: 130PM-7PM*
    (435) 259-8226

The Virginian Motel

    70 East 200 South
    Moab, Utah 84532 USA
    MoabVirginian@gmail.com
    (435) 259-5951
    6 minute walk from the Moab Information Center
    $150 incl. tax for Saturday, May 27th and Sunday May 28th.
    A block of rooms is set aside for our guests; please call them directly and say you're with the Thatcher-Grasse wedding.

There are many other lodging options in Moab from hotels to bed & breakfast spots to VRBO/Airbnb rentals.
Be sure to make your reservations soon- Memorial Day weekend can be quite busy!

Other campsites in the area:

GETTING THERE

    The nearest airports to Moab are:

    Directions to Campground/Ceremony from:

      Moab (14.2 miles)
      checklist Head west on E Center St toward N Main St
      checklist Turn right onto US-191 N/N Main St
      checklist Continue to follow US-191 N
      checklist Turn left onto UT-279 S
      checklist Gold Bar Campground will be on the left

      Grand Junction (119 miles, ~2 hours drive)

      Salt Lake City (234 miles, 4.5+ hours drive)

      Denver (354 miles, 5+ hours drive)

PACKING LIST

    checklist Dressy casual outfit and comfortable shoes or sandals for the ceremony and reception
    checklist We will have lemonade, wine, and beer (and water) for the reception. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage!
    checklist Sunblock
    checklist Tent, sleeping bag and other camping accessories if you're staying in the campground
    checklist Shorts and t-shirts for daytime and light pants and jackets for the evening

WEATHER

    May in Moab has an average high of 83°F and low of 50°F.

KIDS

    Children are welcome and we aim to make the weekend as family-friendly as possible.

DOGS

    We ask that you please leave your furry friend(s) at home.

ACTIVITIES

We're getting married near Moab because we have so many fond memories there. We're excited to share this place with you! Below are several activities we recommend and links to help you make plans.

Moab Information Center
GearHeads Outdoor Store

    **Please bring lots of water and food with you, regardless of what you end up doing. At 4,000 feet, it may be hotter, drier,
    and higher elevation than you're used to.**

HIKING

Right next to our ceremony/campground is the Corona Arch hike.
Arches and Canyonlands National Park are close by and offer amazing views. Since this is a holiday weekend, we suggest heading out early in the morning or midafternoon to avoid traffic and crowds. Admission: $25/car (free with a national recreation pass). Click here to buy a mult-park pass.
More hiking options in the area

RIVER RAFTING

Moab in May can be hot, so getting in the river is a great way to stay cool. Here are some companies that run guided trips. Half day options are available.
Moab Adventure Center
Red River Adventures
Sheri Griffith Expeditions

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Trails in Moab tend to be rocky and challenging, so expect an adventurous day. There are a bazillion classic trails. Go here for a good overview, but we strongly recommend checking in with a local mountain bike shop about trail conditions. Good options are Poison Spider and Chile Pepper Bike Shop.

JEEPING/4 WHEELING/ATVs

Moab is a 4 wheeling paradise. Check out this page for a wealth of information.

ROCK CLIMBING

This is a favorite for us! Please give us a call/email/text if you need pointers.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

    Road biking
    Golf
    Horseback riding
    Skydiving
    Also going on in Moab:
      Moab Arts Festival
      Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th
      25th Annual Moab Arts Festival with Beer and Wine Garden
      Free admission, live music
      Wine & Beer Garden
      Saturday 10am-7pm
      Sunday 10am-6pm
      moabartsfestival.org
      Moab Music Festival presents Time For Three
      Saturday 27th
      *Previously featured on the NPR Tiny Desk concert series*
      Tf3 transcends traditional classification
      Classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own.
      After the Moab Arts Festival closes for the day, wander up Center Street to Star Hall and catch this high energy trio!
      7:30pm
      $25 adults, $5 (0-18)
      http://moabmusicfest.org/calendar/time-three
    Click here for more ideas.

If you want to make this wedding part of a larger trip...

Moab is a key stop for popular road trips to see Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Click here to see some itineraries to plan your trip. Buying a multi-park pass will save you some cash.

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Registry

Click below to contribute to the van, household items, or our honeymoon in Barcelona:



Reach us via snail mail at:

Bill Grasse & Elise Thatcher
PO Box 9505
Aspen, CO 81612

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