Sarah Barstow

Sarah Barstow

– As reported to Meredith Mirrington

Originally from Connecticut, Sarah Barstow came to Moab in 1997 to hike and never went home. Today, she still loves to hike and when not spending quality time with her family, she’d surely enjoy a dinner party with Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Read on to learn more about Sarah.


1)      What initially brought you to Moab?

I came out to just hike and explore in 1997 – fell in love – and never went back home.


2)      What do you love most about living in Moab?

The landscape – the ability to soak up so much beauty effortlessly and continually – the community and the lack of big box stores.


3)      What do you dislike about living in Moab? 

That my family doesn’t live here, the trucks and traffic flowing through downtown and, as of late, the wind.


4)      What is your occupation? 

Mother. And owner of The Rave’N Image boutique.


5)      If you could have any job in the world, what would you most like to do? 

In the here and now, I honestly don’t have any desire to do anything different.


6)      Describe a typical day in your life. 

If I’m not working, I spend most of my hours spending quality time with my family, hiking, reading and feeling grateful.


7)      Some people have bumper stickers on their car that reads: I’d Rather be Sailing. What would your bumper sticker read? I’d Rather Be… 



8)      Tell us one thing people don’t usually know about you. 

I have one of the COOLEST kids around. Actually, I think a lot of people do know that!


9)      In high school, you would have been considered the person most likely to…

…Make you laugh.


10)  What is your favorite Moab activity? 

Soaking up beauty while getting exercise on a stellar hike.


11)  Tell us your favorite non-Moab place to visit. 

I love to travel to new places and try to get out of the country once a year. Going to Hartford, Conn., where I grew up, is pretty special, too.


12)  What do you consider your greatest achievement in life? 

Being a Mom! Every day brings new opportunities to learn from challenges, re-write the rules and experience infinite love.


13)  If you were president, what’s the first thing you’d do to make life better in America? 

I’d even out the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots and put a stop to all prejudice, discrimination and racism.


14)  What superhero power would you most like to have? 

The ability to make the answer to question number 13 possible and to prevent wars.


15)  If you could be an animal, what would it be? Why? 

I would love to be a bird for a day and get a whole different perspective on things.


16)  What is your all-time favorite movie? 

Can’t say that I have one. Two decades ago, I probably would have said “The Princess Bride.”


17)  And your all-time favorite book?  

I read a lot of phenomenal books, but to this day my favorites are two that touched me deeply as a child: “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Bridge To Terabithia.”


18)  If you were stranded on a desert island, which three CDs would want to have with you?

Thievery Corporation’s “Mirror Conspiracy,” Bob Marley’s “Talking Blues” and any one of the mix CDs I’ve made for my boyfriend.


19)  If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Why? 

I bet a dinner party with Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart would be pretty awesome.


20)  What is your life philosophy? 

Spread as much love as possible – start with yourself.


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