we have had a pretty great week. after our visit to goblin valley state park, we decided that our location was pretty much the worst, so we packed up to move closer to moab, which was our next spot. this gave us nearly another full week, making almost 4 weeks in the area, so even though i knew i should pace myself, we got busy right away, checking out arches national park.
on our first day, we stopped in at the visitor center to get our stamps, junior ranger books and some tips and tricks and settle on a quick visit to the (pretty popular) double arch. it was a short hike, perfect for us, since we are out of practice. you can see it from the parking lot, so the kids had their eye on the prize.
here’s where it got crazy. i was talking to a couple who offered to take pictures while we climbed up into the hole of the second arch. as i was getting my camera ready, hazel and anna took off. it doesn’t look like it here, but this rock is practically vertical. so i’m chasing after them, to get them pointed in the right direction.
we survived. and were finally on the right path. which was even more straight up and down. and a drop off on the other side. there were drops of dried blood scattered around, to remind us of the dangers.
on our way out of the park, we stopped at the park avenue trail head to take a peek and see if it might be something we would want to do. it’s pretty much a primitive trail through a canyon, surrounded by ginormous red rock formations. i’m not sure it will make the cut when all is said and done.
on our next visit, we decided to hit up the delicate arch viewpoint, before heading over to the sand dunes arch, which we were told was a kid favorite. but i’m getting ahead of myself.
the delicate arch viewpoint was very disappointing. the view point is VERY far away from the arch. we even walked past the designated area and out as far as we possible could for a better view. can you even see it, just above and to the right of anna’s head.
from there, we made our way deeper into the park towards the sand dunes. but first, we stopped off to check out the fiery furnace overlook. anna and i had booked a ranger led hike from there on sunday, so we wanted to get our bearings and take a peek. looks like fun, right?
finally, we made it to the sand dunes arch. it was a short hike in. we would basically slip between two of those sandstone fins and follow along for a 100 yards or so and happen upon a sweet little arch, filled with sand.
sort of. we were already so close to the end of the park road, that i decided to just take a drive through and check things out. we stopped at the skyline arch for a quick look and photo and THEN we called it a day…
so, this is the tale of our first week of arches adventures. i love that we are in the area for so long and can really take our time exploring. but. we also happen to be quite close to canyonlands national park, and that’s where our next adventure will take us…