we started the morning with a hike in colorado national monument. turns out every 4th of july a group of marines climbs independence rock and hoists the american flag. it was pretty awesome to happen upon. after the hike, in the heat of the day we found a place to get in the river, then decided to go even deeper into the desert. we headed to moab, got a camp site and inter tubes, floated down the colorado and caught the fireworks in the park.