Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Moab: Day 2

Day 2 of Moab featured my favorite hike in all of Arches.  Yes it was forever long (8+ miles) but it goes into areas of the park where not many people {families} go so it was quiet and really peaceful.  The hike starts out a mile or so in at Landscape Arch.

My one memory of this Arch from my first trip to Arches was that I wanted to see this one but for some reason the kids weren't allowed to go, just my dad went and took an awesome picture.  The arch doesn't even look the same though because there was a rock slide on the right side of this picture and the arch is now larger than it was before.

Me at Partition Arch
Navajo Arch--I love that there is a tree growing in the shade of this one! 
The awesome view from the hike to Double O Arch

I think this is Pine Tree Arch--before you get to Landscape Arch

Notice all the SAND--this is what made this hike super hard, the amount of sandy areas/hills!

My absolute favorite!  Private Arch--it was so quiet it was like no one was even around us, so peaceful

The last hike we ended up doing was to Tower Arch.  I had never been here before mostly because it was a gravel road 30 minutes from the other arches.  Totally worth the drive.  It was Jenny's favorite hike of the trip.  You literally climb to the top of one of the bluffs in Klondike Bluffs and hike around the entire plateau until you reach the opposite side and this cool arch with again a tree growing right in the middle.  This one was really hard too because of all the sand and literally sand dune hills that you had to climb near the end of the hike.  I am pretty sure that I still have sand in my shoes from this one.
Tower Arch

The Marching Men

My favorite trail marker...  They remind me of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic logo

We ended up coming home that night because 1-we couldn't hike any more (12 miles in 1 day is a lot), 2-we both really needed showers (again 12 miles) and 3-we couldn't sleep in the back of the car again (the mice had already made an appearance early in the day).  All in all it was a great trip down to Moab.  A great chance to get away from the job searching, outrageous drama, and hustle and bustle of life and school in the "city".

I wish we could go back--every weekend {especially since it snowed here today}