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Sunset at Arches NP, Moab, UT

We were scheduled to spend 5 days in Moab but we shortened it to one night.  Sitting in the sun in a tin can motor home is no place to be when the temps are predicted to reach 107F!

So we parked, turned on the AC, and went to Moab Brewery for a cool beer and some good food.  But we are in Moab, so we had to make a quick trip after dinner to check out some of the fabulous scenery of this area.  So here are some quick pictures taken close to and at sunset.

 

Dead Horse Point State Park

September 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Dead Horse Point is in the Canyonlands area of Moab.   It is a remarkable area, with sweeping and dramatic vistas.  Superb views of the Colorado River far below, highlighted by the red rock, and offset by the greenery from a recent rain.  Beautiful.

This morning Les Cook joined us for a 5 mile hike along the west rim, followed by a return along the east rim.  So we got to see both sides of this magnificent canyon.  The enormous vistas, and deep drop offs, make you feel insignificant.

Twisted dead trees attest to the savage nature of this land

Twisted dead trees attest to the savage nature of this land

Les enjoying the canyon views

Les enjoying the canyon views

Green river, far below

Green river, far below on the horizon

Romola giving additional beauty to the canyon

Romola giving additional beauty to the canyon

A stunted tree in front of an expanded view

A stunted tree in front of an expansive view

Recent rain left puddles

Recent rain left puddles

You can see for miles and miles

You can see for miles and miles

Colorado River carving its way down the canyon

Colorado River carving its way down the canyon

 

Delicate Arch, Moab

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

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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