Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day 47 - Moab, UT

We knew that today was going to be another hot one. But we didn't get to the entrance of Arches National Park until 8:30am. There were a number of other people around but it wasn't overly crowded. Nothing like Yosemite or Zion. We went to the Double Arch/Windows parking lot and it was pretty full plus a couple of tour buses. It was a short walk to the Double Arch and it was worth seeing the size of the arch up close. Seeing pictures doesn't do it justice.

For scale, here is Bridget under the first arch. I think the last time I was here at the Double Arch it was around 1980 or so. A lifetime for some but it doesn't feel like it was that long ago. I had visited a couple of times when we were doing field work and a couple of times on my own. There were a number of cyclists on the road that had me feeling a little nostalgic.


This is Turret Arch located across the road from Double Arch and next to the North Window and the South Window. In the foreground is a couple walking with tripod, video camera and a large DSLR. They arrived riding 2-up on a KTM adventure bike. That seems like a lot of camera gear to be carrying around on a bike. Of all of the arches we saw today, this was my favorite.

Just a short distance from Turret Arch is the South Window. This one was pretty crowded with a large tour bus group all walking together. I'm not sure if keeping together is required or they just prefer traveling in a pack. And all seemed obsessed with taking selfies with their phones trying to get the Arch in the background.

One last stop before the visitors center was Park Avenue. Named, I believe, for the tall, sky scraper-ish sandstone cliffs lining the short valley. There is a primitive trail through valley ending at another turnout down the hill. "Primitive" translates to "not paved" as are most of the popular trails in the park.

The balancing rock was at the top of the western wall along Park Avenue. Oddly, the camera I was using (Bridget's Canon SX30 IS) flashed face recognized in the viewfinder with three green rectangles. I guess it thought the shapes looked like people.

The first panorama was taken from the Garden of Eden viewpoint. I was never able to figure out the origin of the name. But it was getting pretty warm by this point so I didn't wander around too much. The last panorama was done with the iPhone camera looking up at the arch.

BTW, the wifi here and at the last campground is abysmal. Essentially unusable.

 

12 comments:

Tim L said...

Artie and Leinen's photo prolific style is rubbing off on you. :-) I don't envy the temps but is sounds like you are still enjoying the trip.

RichardM said...

No, you can stop at shady spots and pretend to take pictures. Of course, this does result in more pictures...

RichardM said...

BTW, it's 108°F right now @ 4:30pm.

redlegsrides said...

Double Arch is really nice, it was where I found out my camera/lens just isn't quite up to the job of taking pictures of the milky way in the way too early morning hours.

Consider revisiting some of the spots either pre-dawn or at sunset....you know, during the "golden hour"....the rock colors really get pretty good.

SonjaM said...

I dream of spending a week in and around Arches NP to explore all the natural wonders at different times of the day. Still one of my favourite parks.

Trobairitz said...

Sure looks like a nice place to spend some time, but not with those temperatures. I am glad it wasn't too crowded.

RichardM said...

The park roads are closed from 8pm to 7am for construction in Arches, Everyone has to be out of the park so says the NPS.

RichardM said...

I'd have a hard time choosing among all of the parks for a favorite. Though one with snow would be nice around now...

RichardM said...

Arches is a great park to explore. Maybe better in April or May. June, not so nice. Though these temperatures are abnormally high for this time of year...

Lynne Goebeler said...

Your great photos bring back wonderful memories of Arches! Even in late May, Arches was definitely the hottest of the parks we visited, but what struck me then was the awful lines to get into the park, no matter what time of day. Maybe because it was around Memorial Day. It was so much worse than any of the other parks. Interesting that you are having the opposite experience.

RichardM said...

Yosemite and Zion were much more crowded than Arches. We didn't have a problem finding parking. Yosemite was the worst as far as crowds.

BeemerGirl said...

Beautiful. I haven't had the chance to spend time here. And I look forward to when I can. You've captured some great spots.