Arches National Park

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After our visit to the cabin in Utah, we headed to Arches National Park.  The drive from Fayette to Arches was breath-taking and we stopped frequently to check out the view, especially along Castle Valley.

On our first day in Arches, we hiked to Landscape Arch, which is a really long and skinny formation.  We took note of the ominous clouds above, but thought we could make it back to the car before the storm hit.  However, just as we arrived at the arch, we were pelted by the torrential downpour.  The lightning was getting closer and more frequent and new rivers were quickly forming as water gushed over the sides of the rocks.  Daddy was starting to look a little worried.  We were on high enough ground to avoid flash floods, but Daddy just wanted to get to the car to wait out the storm.  Daddy picked up the pace with Evan in tow.  He was having the time of his life getting all wet, waving his arms up and down with excitement.  Mommy kept stopping to try to catch a picture of all the lightning, which was driving Daddy a little crazy :).  However, after only 10 or 15 minutes, the rain subsided, the thunder quieted, and the sun broke through the clouds.  Then an amazing rainbow appeared in the sky. We could almost see the hole half-circle and even a double rainbow for a little while.  It was an incredible adventure and quite a sight!

We checked out a few more arches on the way out of the park and enjoyed the changing landscape at dusk.  It was interesting to see the rocks change shape and formations come alive as silhouettes with the setting of the sun.  We stopped by Moab Brewery for a few burgers to-go, and headed to the hotel for the night.

The next day we checked out the famous Delicate Arch.  Evan threw a bit of a fit on the way up to the 2nd viewpoint, which made for an interesting hike. :)  Next, we did a shorter hike to Sand Dune Arch, which was Evan’s favorite.  He got to walk most of the way since it was pretty flat, and he found tons of sand to play in!  It was neat to be able to get underneath the arches too. After the hike, we checked out some more huge arches, viewable from the car, and headed on our way.  We thoroughly enjoyed all the sites in this fantastically unique park.  There are so many different rock formations and it is mind boggling how so many arches have formed there.

2 Responses to “Arches National Park”

  1. Barbara says:

    Great pictures as always!
    Evan you really seemed to enjoy sifting your fingers through that sand.
    What fun! Someday you may want a little sandbox.
    See you soon! Love, Grandma Barby

  2. Ree says:

    Amazing pictures! I love that Evan’s hair looks like the rock formations in a couple of pictures! Also the swimming in the sand picture. Aren’t those rainbows spectacular!? You don’t get to see too many doubles and it’s awesome when you do. Glad you only got a little drenched. Flash floods are nothing to mess with but what an adventure! Thanks! It’s like being back there again.
    Love, Ree