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Oct 3, 2020 - Delicate Arch

Moab, UT Delicate Arch People come from all over the world to visit Arches National Park, and visiting Delicate Arch is on the top of their to-do lists. This particular free-standing arch has become a widely recognized symbol of the state of Utah. It is on their license plate and is one of the most famous geologic features in the world. The trail to see Delicate Arch up close and personal is 3 miles roundtrip and climbs 480’ steadily uphill over slickrock and along a narrow ledge with a sheer drop-off on one side. One follows the rock...

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Oct 2, 2020 - Devil's Garden Trail

Moab, UT Today’s hike was very challenging, but it allowed us to view 7 arches. The Devil’s Garden Trail, with small detours to Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch, leads to Landscape Arch, and is the easy portion. Landscape Arch is the longest arch in North America with a light opening of 306'. This awe-inspiring expanse is only 6'in diameter at its narrowest. Large segments of the arch came crashing down in 1991 – proof that the park’s landscape can change dramatically in an instant. Although other arches have fallen, Landscape Arch still...

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Oct 1, 2020 - Arches and Canyonland National Parks

Moab, UT Our purpose in coming to Moab was to explore Arches National Park. Arches National Park contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world including the well-known Delicate Arch, as well as a variety of unique geological resources and formations. There are over 2,000 arches within the park’s 76,518 acres. We did not get very far in exploring Arches National Park as we spent our time exclusively at the Windows area, visiting North Window, South Window, Turret Window and Double Arch. The windows and...

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Sep 30, 2020 - Travel Day

Moab, UT How our world has changed! We went from a place filled with stately, tall fir trees, brilliantly colored aspen, lots of amazing wildlife, and temperatures as low as 28° F to the desert where it reached 90° F. Most of the day was a travel day. Part of our journey was on Highway 40 – an amazing road full of very sharp hairpin turns, extremely steep downgrades with numerous runaway truck ramps, numerous ski areas and some rugged scenery. We are now travelling in two cars to our destinations. Diana left before Jim and Sandi and was...

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Jul 25, 2020 - Colorado River Whitewater Rafting

It was our final day in Moab so we decided to do some whitewater rafting. Well, maybe not really whitewater. Actually it was a wonderful trip down the Colorado River to view the beautiful mountains and take in the sights. It would have been hard pressed to call the rapids we went through class II. There was one exception. On the ride back to town the guides had us all looking out the windows on the bus to see the class V rapids, when they all through water on us. It certainly doesn't take much to entertain us. On another note, we have...

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Jul 24, 2020 - Canyonland National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park

Lots of fun today. We jumped on our scooter yesterday for a tour of Canyonland National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. They are only about 5 miles apart. Both parks are beautiful. The big difference is that in the Arches you are looking up, and in the Canyons you are looking down. Duhhh!!!! Our trip was 129 miles. Sore butts and sunburn. We were up at about 7000' most of the day so it was a very pleasant day. The features in this area are between 3 and 6 million years old. The sandstone was pushed up from some cause in the earth...

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Jul 22, 2020 - Arches National Park

Today was a drive through Arches National Park. The park consists of a 20 mile drive through amazing sandstone spires and peaks. The park gets it's name from a number of arches that have developed in the sandstone over the past 600 million years. There are lots of hiking trails for those that are inclined but we limited ourselves to a couple of miles. The views are amazing. I took over 200 pictures and no two are alike. This is a park that you might want to visit in the morning and again in the evening. The angles that the sun hits the...

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Jul 21, 2020 - Drive from Colorado Springs CO to Moab UT

Leaving bright and early on July 20 our plan was to arrive late afternoon in Moab UT. Our route took us on about 100 miles of secondary roads and then traveling west on I 70. We made it through the rough part of the drive just fine but after traveling about 40 miles we entered the Vail Pass which is a very long and steep grade, we had a tire blowout. Thank God we have towing and road hazard insurance. After a 60 mile tow to Gypsum CO where there was a tire shop, and an overnight stay in their parking lot, then waiting for the tire to be...

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Jun 20, 2020 - Last Day in Moab

Sat., June 20th – After a good down home breakfast at the local Moab Diner, Bruce, Carla and I took off for our last hike in the Arches. Steve was rock gazed out, so he opted not to go along. We hiked across the hot, sunny grasslands to Broken Arch where we climbed the rocks to go through the arch and on to our last set of rocky mounds to ascend and photo shoot. On our way out, they had closed the entrance gate. Guess they’re monitoring the number of visitors with the Covid 19 limits. We’ve sure enjoyed our time here in Moab. Tomorrow we...

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Jun 19, 2020 - Dead Horse Point State Park

Fri., June 19th - Today we explored Dead Horse Point State Park where we hiked to several overlooks where we had great views of the area we covered traveling down the canyon in the truck yesterday. It was much easier from today's vantage point! Notice the ribbon of road in the photos and imagine 1000' straight down drop-off ledges at most every bend in the road! Next, we made a quick trip back to Canyonland to catch the short hike to Mesa Arch we missed yesterday. Our last drive out Hwy 128 along the Colorado River took us to Red Cliff...

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Jun 18, 2020 - Canyonlands

Thur., June 18th – Today was a day of extreme diversity exploring the wonders of Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands. First, the happy day report. It was another awesome day of perfect temps and skies so clear you could gaze forever across the magnificent mesas, buttes, spires, and ledges of this massive park. Upheaval Dome, labeled a moderate hike, was our first of the day. The views were fantastic.. After stopping at a few of the other pull-outs, we had lunch near Grand View Point, our next longer 2 mile hike. This park has some of...

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Jun 17, 2020 - Arches National Park

Wed., June 17th - After an extraordinary drive from Montrose to Moab, we arrived at OK RV in time to jump in the truck and head for Arches National Park. It was a picture perfect afternoon for some spectacular views of these majestic red rock formations jutting into the blue sky. Hard to capture the true beauty in pictures!

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