We got a late start and ended up at the Arches National Park about lunch time. After a picnic at a table behind the Visitors Center, we went in and checked out the 15 minute movie of the park.
We started drive into the park and stopped at a number of observation points for pictures.
We were just getting started and I was taking a lot of pictures. I stopped every 5 minutes. The landscape and rocks and vistas were just amazing.
We made our way into the Park toward the Wolf Ranch and then on to the Delicate Arch. John Wesley Wolf settled on 100 acres near the river near the end of the 1800s. It is one of the few green areas in the miles and miles of dry, harsh canyons.
He eeked out a living for over 20 years at this desolate location. After taking a look at the cabin and building we continued on the trail for our hike to the Delicate Arch. It was a bit of a challenge although it was only a 3 mile hike.
We zig zagged down the mountain, then up the face of the side of the mountain on long rock incline. At the crest we stopped and took a rest. Pam suggested we make an 'arch' in memory of Meghan like the one that was made for her at her cottage ~
After we crested the top of the mountain and headed toward the back side, the landscape changed dramatically. There were trees and shrubs and even sand in places. Then we came upon another arch and could see our destination in the distance.
The trail was a little close to the edge, but they sloped it so it slanted toward the mountain.
We rounded the corner and there it was in all its glory. The informal symbol of the state of Utah...
We couldn't resist and had our picture taken. You can see a little guy in the distance off my right shoulder. The Arch is huge...
I took a hundred other pictures and will load them on Facebook.
The Arches National Park was a breathtaking, astounding day of beauty like I had never seen before. It went on and on and on. It was almost too much to absorb. I am so glad we got to see some of the Arches. You could spend a month at the Arches and just scratch the surface. We will have to visit again.
It was a great day. Thanks for viewing the Roadrunner Chronicles. Next...our day at Canyonlands National Park. Until next time...