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Old 07-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #94
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Day 12

Monday, June 11th
Mileage: ?

Moab is more or less nestled between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.



For no particular reason, we decided to go to Arches first.

http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm










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"












"Balanced Rock"



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"?








"Fiery Furnace"



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.

The trail...




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

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