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Monday, October 17, 2011
Moving on from the highway following the Colorado River, here are a few shots from Arches National Park. I didn't get to spend much time there, pretty much just a quick drive through and grabbing shots of things close to the road. Still not much sun, but it was still gorgeous!
It seems a lot of the formations were in groups of threes. I think this one looks like a group of bystanders, huddled together waiting for the parade to begin, with the lizard king there on the right keeping watch for the first entry in the procession. :)
I would love to go back when the sun is shining and take a few of the short hikes back to some of the other arches you can't see from your car.
There is still a lot you can see even on a rushed tour through like I did.
I think this looks like an elephant! :)
This reminds me of the Three Wise Men, except these three look like they would be more at home in Chalmun's Cantina on Tatooine (from Star Wars fame). And, instead of frankincense and myrrh, the one on the left is bringing a stuffed elephant. And, instead of lambs and cows milling about around the manger there's a lion sleeping on a stack of pancakes. (See his cute little tail hanging down the side?) Hmmmm . . hope there aren't any psychoanalysts reading this post . . . ;)
This is their "signature" arch, the one they use on all their promotional materials.
And, through the miracle of Photoshop, a bit more of a close up of said arch!
I did have to hike a teeny way to get this one! You have to shimmy through a narrow passageway through the rocks, and then trek a little way through dunes of really fine red sand. I finally ended up taking my shoes off to walk through it and it felt simply delightful! Cool, silky sand between the toes . . oh, boy! (But, I did find quite a pile of it in my shoes when I got home! I didn't mean to steal anything from the park, but . . . I was glad to find it! I was wishing I had taken some, it was so pretty! I think I may have to start a little collection of sand from places I visit! I'll have to stay on the lookout for some pretty way to display it!)
There is a campground allllll the way at the end of the park. I think it would be absolutely fantastic to be able to stay there sometime and explore more of the park at a more leisurely pace. It is within walking distance of several of the arches, some I didn't have time to hike back to! Maybe one of these days!
Next up . . . will be just a quick post . . . I sure hope you'll stop back by to check it out! More of the trip! And after that, the final installation of this series will be of the critters I ran into along the way!