September 19th, 2016 ~ Day 178
Beginning the day with my feet in the Colorado River! What a great way to start the day. The water was mucky, so I tried to stay out of the slime. It was so cold! Remembering a book I once read, I can see why people have died from the freezing cold Colorado.
Double Arch Trail
Beginning our day as tourists visiting the Arches National Park, we stopped at each of the view points to take photos of the magnificence scenery. This park is so big, if you ever get the chance, you have to go.
We did our first hike at the Double Arch Trail. A quick .66 mile trail. It was a short sandy trail to the base of the Arches.
The closer you came to the Arches, the more amazing they became. It’s a wonder how time and pressure can carve out something so unique. The sandstone is fragile so I can understand how erosion can happen, but how or why did these Arches remain?
The view of the double arch only became more spectacular. The red rocks loomed above us. They were so massive. (Jacob’s word ☺) We climbed up the inside wall to see as much as we could and to be under the Arches.
I climbed into the Arch while Eric stayed down below. As soon as I got up there I immediately froze. Even though the shirt says fearless, I was full of fear on that ledge. There was a 30 to 40 foot drop on the other side of the Arch. I knelt down for a picture and climbed down as soon as possible.
My view from the back side of the Arch was just as spectacular. You could see for miles, or so it seemed!
To see more photos from this hike visit YouTube… https://youtu.be/Z10XNMDeqG4
Delicate Arch Trail
We continued on our tourist journey until we came to the Delicate Arch Trail. A three mile in and out hike. The temperature was heating up and I was hot as soon as we began.
At the beginning of the trail there is an old homestead, still intact and now a historic landmark. Shortly after, we crossed a bridge to a slow moving stream. The color of the water green, from the sediment coming off the mountains.
Eric and I ready to climb the hill, not really. We moved slowly uphill in the heat with the sun shining directly on us.
You could see all the different ways the water erodes the sandstone. Who knows, years from now these could be Arches too. The environment is always changing.
We even caught glimpse of a chipmunk. Searching for food, he had to try all the rocks. I hope he found a meal.
We stopped by the Petroglyph’s as we finished the hike. Petroglyph’s from Ancient Indians marked the walls close to the old homestead. So different from the ones I’ve seen in Arizona. So much history in this area.
After our hike, we headed to Slickrock Bike Trail. Slickrock was a suggestion from someone in one of my hiking groups suggested I go. Well, I’m not a serious biker and it’s been at least four months since I’ve been on a bike. This trail is for advanced bikers. I couldn’t make it up the hills and the first downhill, I froze. This was not for me! Next time we’ll have to find a flat trail. It was still a great day and it’s just one more place to say I’ve been.
To see all the photos from this hike visit YouTube… https://youtu.be/ZeqisqW0dFE