2012 Time to Work, Time to Play, & Time to Serve travel blog

Arches National Park Entrance views

Sue & I at Park Place





Man with a turban crouching on top of the pillar

Big turtle

Balanced Rock


Balance Rock from a different perspective

Sue eating lunch and trying to keep the ants off her feet

The ants moving a piece of lettuce up a hill

Face profile on the pillar



The Windows

Close up of the North Window


The parking lot at Devil's Garden was crowded

Fiery Furnace



Delicate arch - note the size of the people

Pinion pine tree



Sandstone fins

Sand Dune Arch


Walking between the fins


Sun is beginning to set on Arches national Park

Courthouse Towers

The shadow of the Gossips on Courthouse Towers

Another face on a pillar

I was beat after our trip to Arches yesterday so I needed to wait until this morning to make today’s post. The weather cooperated as it was warm with just enough clouds to make the sky interesting in the pictures. Arches was created as a National Monument in 1929 when President Herbert Hoover signed the legislation to protect the arches, spires, balanced rocks, and other sandstone formations. It reached national Park status in 1971 when congress changed its status. There have been over 2,000 arches identified within the park’s boundaries ranging from 3-foot to the largest, Landscape Arch, that is 306 ft. from base to base. One day in the park isn’t enough to really see all of the significant arches. A one day drive-through really only provides a taste of what’s there. To explore what’s there would take a few days and some hiking away from the road. I’m going to put it on the list of places to return to.

We stopped for lunch at one of the picnic areas and sat down at a picnic bench. As I was sitting there eating I felt something crawling up my leg and when I looked down there were several large ants on their way to my knee. To keep them away we threw a few chips and pieces of lettuce on the ground to occupy them. Ants are amazingly strong, before long the ants had picked up the pieces that were several times their size and started to carry them up the hill to their ant hill. I posted some pictures and took a video, but it's too big to post. Sue wound up eating her lunch with her feet off the ground.

The park was surprisingly crowded for September. We met people from all over the US, Canada and the rest of the world. We even met another couple from Delaware. My Flyers hats and shirts are always a conversation starter. Someone always comments and says they live in or used to live in the Philly area or that they love or hate the Flyers. We talked to a couple from Victoria Island, BC that are on a 6 week trip through the southwest. They had left Vancouver at 0430 on Sunday. The guy was a real sports nut. He’s a Montreal Canadians fan, but loves all sports. They’re stopping at minor league baseball parts to watch games. I met a couple of women who used to live in Doylestown, PA and now live in California as I was hiking up the trail to the Delicate Arch. Sue met some other folks from the Netherlands on a several week trip.

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