Saturday, October 22, 2016

Our Last Trip Into Arches National Park for this Trip!

The 4 of us left the CG at 7:45 and dropped off Ernie and Noela's truck at the Ford Dealer in Moab for a transmission fluid change.  They told them they would work on it right away and will probably be finished in about 1 1/2 hours.  So we all went to get a few groceries and then returned to the CG to await a call when the truck was ready to go.  We did a few things to get prepared for our departure tomorrow.

By 10 it was finished being serviced so we left the truck at a parking lot and the 4 of us went in the CRV to Arches National Park.  Again, it was a very busy day at the Park.  Ken wanted to hike to about 4 or 5 arches today, ones we hadn't seen before on this visit.  It was good we got to the NP later today, because it was only in the low 40's early this morning, but got to almost 80 degrees by mid afternoon.

Our 1st stop was in a large area where you could take relatively short hikes to 4 different arches.  All of them were spectacular!

1st view was of North Window Arch -

North Window Arch - you could go under it!

Next to South Window Arch -

A great view of North and South Window Arches -

Time to build another cairn!

And on to Turret Arch -

Mama and Baby Arch!

Then we walked across the parking lot and took the hike to Double Arch.  This is an amazing one and you can get up close and personal -

One arch behind another!

Ken took this photo while sitting high up in the arch! 
I wanted to climb up to Ken and Ernie, but I thought that
might not be a good choice.  I didn't need another back spasm!

This one is so unique!

Then it was time to eat our packed lunches and we have eaten at the same place the 3 days we picnicked in the park - love the backdrop!

After lunch we circled around the back of the park and started driving to the Visitors Center.  But, we had to make 2 more stops on the way.  

Skyline Arch was interesting because of the huge "chunk" that had broken off of it in 1940.  It was a very high arch, one that was not able to be climbed.

Almost a perfectly squared corner where the boulder fell!

This arch has some height!

What are you doing up there????

Walking back from the Skyline Arch!

Our last stop was at Sand Dune Arch and it is the favorite of young children. You go through a narrow crevice, but then enter into a huge "sandbox".  In the summer it is a great hike when it is a very hot day for it is mostly in the shade and a very protected area.  It was so full in that area and the children were having such a good time.  What a sight for our last stop in Arches.

A rather narrow crevice to go through!

Quite a sandbox!!

Looks like a bird's beak and a dog smooching!!

All the children were having a great time!

Just a view sights from inside Arches while we were hiking or driving -

Okay, you have to admit this really looks like a person with a
sock type knit hat!

Just some unusual rock formations!

We did stop at the Visitors Center on our way out so Ken could buy a T-Shirt with Delicate Arch on the front and a list of the major arches in the NP on the back.

We returned to the CG by 4:15 and it was time to pack up for tomorrow's trip to Zion NP, about a 330 mile driving day!

We skyped with all of our granddaughters, Lanie, Bob, and Jamie.  So good to see and talk to them.  Everyone seems to be doing very well.

We had a late dinner, chatted with Ernie and Noela about tomorrow's trip, and then spent the evening downloading photos and working on the blog.  Also watched some of the Penn State/Ohio State football game. 

We have certainly enjoyed our time in Moab, Canyonlands NP, Dead Horse Point State Park, and especially Arches National Park.  It is such a wonderful area. Now we are looking forward to camping in Hurricane, Utah and visiting Zion and Bryce National Parks.  We are certainly Celebrating Life Daily!

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