Moab, Arches National Park

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch

Day two in Moab and the weather is continuing to cooperate (FINALLY!!!!). We spent the day together exploring the Devils Garden area of Arches National Park. Steph picked the 7.2 mile loop with a smile and that’s pretty much what we did the whole way.  The rock formations, arches, and spires were awesome.  This was the 3rd arch on the trail but one of the most impressive due to its size.  In 1991, a 60 foot chunk broke off the right side while visitors captured the moment on film.  Glad we weren’t under it then 🙂  As we pushed on, we passed the remains of Wall Arch, another popular arch on the trail. Wall arch fell to the ground just last year.  It’s amazing to think a major geologic feature, that has been around for so long, actually bit the dust during our lifetime.

Partition Arch

Partition Arch

The next set of arches were slightly off the trail about a mile up.  Partition arch had a great view of the expansive valley below.  We stopped here to take a brief rest and have a snack.

Navajo Arch

Navajo Arch

Navajo Arch offered yet another perspective on the arch theme, tucked into the hills and rock.

Kim and Steph on the trail in Devil's Garden

Kim and Steph on the trail in Devil's Garden

The trail offered a wide range of conditions. We were met with sand, slickrock climbs, walks along thin rock formations, some ledges, and dry streambed or wash crossings. No matter where we were, those beautiful La Sal Mountains were watching us.

Double O Arch

Double O Arch

Midway through our day we happened upon Double O Arch.  This was quite impressive.  Try as we might we couldn’t figure out how to get on the upper part of the arch. 

After this, we checked out Dark Angel then continued on the Primitive Loop Trail. We stopped one last time for a break and snacks at Private Arch, which  actually was  pretty private. We were the only ones there for at least 20 minutes.  We cranked out the last few miles and our water ran out as we got back to civilization.  Over 8 miles in the sand and ups/downs was a fun, full day so we decided to head home and have a quiet evening.  We spent the evening checking pictures, working on a post, and eating some dinner.  Tomorrow is another day:)

4 Responses to “Moab, Arches National Park”

  1. Margaret and I have been having SO MUCH FUN following you on your adventures. Your wonderful pictures have, many times, sent us scurrying to our own albums when we recognized a particular arch (or river or mountain) and we often say “The kids must have been standing just to the right, or wherever, to have gotten that shot.

    It’s also great to read between the lines of your descriptions and see a growing appreciation of our western scenery. We were raised in it and it took retirement and travel to show us what we had. Now we can’t imagine being too far away for very long.

    Keep on having fun. You are packing a lifetime of adventure into one small year – but – you will be back.

    • admin says:

      Blaine and Margaret,

      We are so glad that we encouraging you to revisit your travel pictures. You also made us laugh with your “the kids” statement. Thanks! We are having a grand time and have definitily developed a love for the west and specifically the “Grand Circle” area. There is just sooooo much to see and do here. The year is flying by pretty fast as we pack things in. Don’t worry, you are right, we will be back!!! Hope you are both doing well and have made it back home safely. We look forward to hearing from you, or seeing you, again:)

      Kim and Chris

  2. The Mommie Unit says:

    I was wondering what you guys were up to I was starting to think that maybe you were snowed in somewhere. Looks like you found the good weather at last Hallaluyah!!! Hi Steph! Having fun with the guys?

    The more I see the photos both of you are taking I really think you can have new careers as landscape photographers. Seeing all of your amazing shots makes me long to be back west again.

    We are making good progress with getting the house ready for sale slow but steady. Everyday is going down memory lane looking through many years of stuff. Stuff that I can’t even remember, what was I thinking why would I have ever wanted to keep most of it. Really now when am I ever going to want to wear purple len granny glasses with the wrong perscription or a black leather mini skirt. Now that I think about it maybe on Halloween to scare the kiddies! There are some items I will never part with like the turtle that Kim drew when she was four. I taped that picture up on the refrigerator that I covered in leopard skin contact paper. Kim remember when I did our kitchen in the jungle theme? I kind of miss that frig maybe I will do one like it again when we move out west. I might try Zebra skin this time it will go well with the other stainless steel appliances. Please don’t tell Chris about the frig I think it will be a nice surprise for him to wake up to and see. If I really feel inspired maybe I will even do the microwave in a snakeskin pattern how lovely! No accounting for taste huh!

    Well time to get my beauty rest!

    Miss you all!

    Much love & Hugs!

    Mom

    • admin says:

      Hi Mom,

      Yeah! your back in the saddle making us laugh. We are having a lot of fun with our visitors and are ecstatic to have found the good weather again. I don’t know if you have ever been to the Moab area but it is a must see place. You and Chris would love it. Glad things are coming together for the sale/move and that you will finally part with some of your age old “treasures”. I’ll take the mini skirt:) Personally, I think you should go camoflage on the fridge. Hope all is well and will give a call after everyone is gone:)

      Miss you,
      XOXOX
      Love Me

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