Day 178 ~ Arches National Park Moab, UT

September 19th, 2016 ~ Day 178

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Eric and I ready to climb the hill, not really. We moved slowly uphill in the heat with the sun shining directly on us.

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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.

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We even caught glimpse of a chipmunk. Searching for food, he had to try all the rocks. I hope he found a meal.

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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.

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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.

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Day 177 ~ Negro Bill Trail Moab, UT

September 18th, 2016 ~ Day 177

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Arriving in Moab late last night, Eric and I decided that a four mile hike, ten minutes from our campground would be a great start to our adventure. The Negro Bill Trail was perfect!

The trail is an in and out. It’s a beautiful canyon cut out by a stream. The stream begins about six miles from the Colorado River and feeds directly into the river. The trail follows along the stream with cottonwood, willow trees and a lot of poison ivy.

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The trail is in a canyon cut out by the towing sandstone cliffs on each side. Beautiful red walls of the canyon with so many different accentuating colors.

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There really is a lot of poison ivy along the trail. The colors are changing and fall is coming. You don’t get to see this very often in Phoenix. I read the warning signs, but still I tried to help a dog fetch his ball and didn’t realize I was walking through the poison ivy. Now I have a rash on my ankle. 😲

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The views only became more spectacular. The colors of the sandstone were so amazingly breathtaking. I couldn’t get enough and I didn’t want it to end.

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Eric crossing one of our many river crossings, at least ten. I only got my feet wet once and by that time I was hot, it felt great!

The majority of the trail we walked through sand, which made it a more difficult hike. My shoes were full of sand by the time we were done with the hike.

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A beautiful image of rock and water. I love how the reflection bounces off the water. These are the moments I treasure and why I continue to keep hiking on this journey, to see all that I can see!

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Eric and I stopped to take a break, there wasn’t much shade at this point on the trail, but we had a little spot.

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At the end of the 2.25 miles, we came to the amazing Morning Glory Natural Bridge. The bridge is the sixth largest natural bridge in the US. It’s span is 243 feet an it looks like an Arch. It was a wonderful surprise at the end of the trail.

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Also at the end of the trail, you can see where the stream comes from, a small crack in the wall with water slowly streaming down. Climbing up the side of the wall was sandy and slick, I fell and began sliding down, so where I’m standing is as far as I was going to go.

We enjoyed a moment of rest before heading back out. It was getting late in the afternoon and even though the temperature was in the low 90’s, if was getting hot.

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Right across the street from the trailhead is none other than the Colorado River! I had to stop and take a picture of the beauty. I captured this majestic view and if you look closely you can see the deer crossing the river. I’ve never seen anything like it before. So amazing!!!

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We ended our day kayaking on Ken Lake. The sun was shining brightly which made it a little too warm. Still, it was a beautiful day on our boots, bikes and boats adventure!

See the rest of the pictures from today’s hike on YouTube… https://youtu.be/JCv7_jbc7xw

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