Father’s Day, Sunday June 18th ~ Moab, Utah
I didn’t sleep well last night so this post will be short, but littered with pictures. Again the heat wave derailed our hiking plans, but we still got to see a few of the highlight of Arches National Park, and thoroughly enjoyed our day.
“The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.” ~ US National Park Service
Honestly, by the time we got to our fifth National Park in Southern Utah, I was getting tired of seeing rocks. I wanted to see Arches, but my enthusiasm was waning.
But HOLD ON!
Both Tim and I were very pleasantly surprised and actually found this to be one of our favorites. In fact, Tim placed it above Bryce NP. I’m not sure I would go that far, but I certainly found it remarkable. I think if the weather had not been over 100 degrees, and we had been able to hike more, I might have agreed with him.
One of my favorites included (you guessed it) another slot canyon. Sand Dune Arch required a short walk on sand, up into a narrow canyon. I was chuckling to myself how many slots we have explored already on this trip – each with its own special flair.
Delicate Arch is probably the best know, as it appears on the Utah license plate. The hike was too long to get up under it, we simple gazed from afar.
I think our favorite was Double Arch. We did the short hike to the base and marveled at the size. In this first picture you can get a pretty good idea of how massive it is compared to the people below.
The last major view-point we stopped at was called Wall Street.
And just some random shots from around the park to show some of the magnificent diversity:
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to be celebrating Father’s Day with a man I love dearly. He has always made me feel safe, cherished and respected. At the same time he has been a role model, mentor, champion, teacher, friend and hero for our son. I can not imagine having chosen any better!