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Delicate Arch, Moab


Did our first hike in Moab this trip.  A little puffing due to the elevation, but otherwise a nice hike.  A pretty steep climb on some slick rock, some rocky paths, and a narrow cliff side led us to the Delicate Arch itself.  Worth every step to get there!  Shifting cloud cover made the Arch almost animated, with shifting light play giving different looks.

We saw swollen streams caused by the recent heavy rains.  Hard to photograph, but you can see the swirling sand in the stream surface.  And there was pretty heavy erosion along the trail itself as well.

Heavy recent rain causes strong streams carrying sand

Heavy recent rain causes strong streams carrying sand

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Even the slick rock areas had puddles of water in depressions.

On the slick rock

On the slick rock, heading up

The drop-offs don't bother Romola much

The drop-offs don’t bother Romola much

Cliff side

Cliff side, on the way up

The arch itself

The Delicate arch itself

The sun angle makes for different "looks" of the arch

The sun angle makes for different “looks” of the arch

A different view when looking back

A different view when heading back

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