Monday, June 11th
Moab is more or less nestled between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
For no particular reason, we decided to go to Arches first.
So through the gate...
...and onto the Visitors Center we went - to do our normal routine; watch the movie and get the passport stamped.
Some wildlife sculptures outside the Visitor's Center:
Arches is a mix of road-visible attractions and sights that needed to be hiked to. ....and it was getting hot very early in the day. So we had to do a little picking and choosing.
When you take the main road in, you climb a little, then are treated to some magnificent rock formations:
My favorite: the Three Gossips
More "windows" and "arches"
One of the more famous arches, that is portrayed on a lot of official Utah signs, is "Delicate Arch". To get a really good view of it, you have to hike quite a distance. We weenied out and took photos from a distance. (like I said, it was HOT)
Freeze Gopher! (I know, it's not a "gopher" - but it's hard to pass up a Caddyshack reference)
Gratuitous daughter shot
We thought this was odd looking. Couldn't really make up our minds what we thought it looked like...
It looked like a cross between a butt and and mushroom. A "buttroom"?
We had been at Arches for a couple of hours and were conserving our energy for a longer hike: to see "Landscape Arch". Apparently a large portion of it had fallen away from it a few years back, and the experts say its days are numbered.
while not long,
...and not full of elevation changes,
(HA, can you tell Christina is getting a little annoyed by 2 weeks of parental overload?)
was a little tough - as it turned to sand
But in time we got to Landscape Arch
The hike got us over-heated. So, after hiking back to the Support Vehicle, and enjoying a few more views along the way...
...we drove the short distance back to the hotel, (Where I had scored a primo covered parking spot outside the front door) ...
...had a bite to eat, and cooled off for a while.
Up next: Canyonlands