Arches National Park
Today, I decided to go up to Arches National park and explored just about every spot in the Park except for the end where I was just too tired to take that last hike. Water and ice, extreme temperatures, and underground salt movement are responsible for the sculptured rock scenery of Arches National Park. They say that within the Park there are over 2000 cataloged arches ranging in size from a three foot opening to the longest at 306 feet measured base to base. The development of these arches has taken millions of years and you can see places where new ones are being made. They go the full cycle of development and destruction and I saw a film of one partially falling apart. In 1991 a slab 60 feet long, 11 feet wide and 4 feet thick fell and because it had announced its eminent drop by making loud cracking sounds was caught on film as it fell.
Needless you wonder as you stand under an arch if this is the time for the next drop. A hard hat won’t do you much good.
The weather was great not too hot and very sunny. Took one long hike around the back of Windows Arches. The trail was a rough one but at least not a lot of ups and downs and gave me views of the back sides of several arches. I met some nice folks from Wisconsin who kept up with me on several of the turnouts. What a beautiful place this park is, red cliffs and bluffs with huge arches here and there. I noticed a road on the map that was a 4x4 and lead out to Rt. 191 so I decided to give it a try. It sure was a rough ride over slick rock and several sharp climbs over rocks. My second 4x4 trip. Came upon some dinosaur tracks in the sandstone and stopped to take some pictures which did not come out great but believe me, were really dinosaur tracks. Finally got to the main road and home again. Today diesel jumped about $.06 per gallon. Should have fueled up in the morning. Ouch! It now is $3.11 to $3.16 per gallon. Another great day in Utah. Sure do enjoy Moab.
Elk RV parking: 55; Escapee RV Parks: 26; Public RV Parks: 53; National Parks: 66; Ships: 17; Forts: 30.