Arches National Park

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Arches National Park
Arches National Park is one to put on the Bucket LIst.  What?  You have to see the place before you die.  'nuf said.

My daughter, her friend and I stayed in Green River, UT...a few miles up the road from Arches.  It had been a long day on the road - starting out in Boise, ID, passing through Salt Lake City, and on to Green River - arriving late in the afternoon.  We were bushed.

Green River, UT is almost in the middle of nowhere...but, they are known for their melons.  Driving into town, we spied a fruit stand across the street from the hotel.  Without hesitation, we pulled into the dusty parking lot and talked with the brother and sister that were managing the stand.
Fun with the melons
  It was real.  Upon asking how a melon tasted (as there were some unknown varieties on the stand), the young boy pulled out a machette and cut a slice out of one for you to try.  Wonderful.

We purchased six melons, went across the street to check into the hotel - and enjoyed the sweetness of the fruit...and then moved our luggage from the car.

The goal was to head down to Arches and catch the late afternoon shadows.  We didn't make it that far.  About 8 miles to the East of Green River, I took one of the farm access roads and headed north into the desert.   Don't know how far we went, but the road was dusty, yet maintained.  At a wide spot in the road, we parked the car and hiked into the hills, exploring and finding a host of lizards and other desert wildlife.

Arches National Park.  Plan on spending a day, maybe two.  The entry fee of a few dollars is WELL WORTH what you get.  Bring water, bring a lunch.  Early in the day is best.  My desire is to go back in the fall / winter for a different view.
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Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Fun with the melons
Fun with the melons
Arches National Park.  Plan on hik…
Arches National Park. Plan on hi…
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
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