this past saturday (i’m catching up!!), the weather was fabulous and we made our triumphant return to devil’s garden in arches to hike out to the landscape arch. the previous weekends thunderstorm debacle was still fresh in everyone’s mind, and isaac informed me that he would not go if there was a single cloud in the sky. his ultimatum failed him, because there was in fact, not a single cloud in the sky.
we are trying to convince the kids that bringing toys and other random personal effects along is not the best hiking plan, but it’s a tough sell. since we had her along, i decided to take a few pictures of alex, enjoying the adventure.
when landscape arch comes into site, it’s sort of camouflaged by the rock behind it. it doesn’t look like much special. in fact, we had actually seen it the week before and didn’t realize it was landscape arch and that we were oh so close before the rains came.
and closer. landscape arch is the longest in north america and the fifth longest span in the world (the first four are in china). it spans around 290 feet at the base and has been closed off to tourists recently because of possible chunks falling out of it (or it collapsing completely).
derek took this picture of me sitting while the kids played. i tried to return the favor for him, but some fellow tourists were sitting on that big rock behind my head for like 20 minutes (or more because we left), ruining the vibe.
when we were almost back, we came around a turn and there was a bunch of deer hanging out near the trail. by the time we got close enough for pictures, they sort of strolled off a bit, but i got a few.
and THEN our adventure was concluded. landscape arch is checked off our list.