Al and I are off to a slow start this morning. Last night’s rain and wind made for a rather restless night. Although neither one of us slept well, I’m on a mission today. I pack us a picnic lunch, don the hiking boots and it’s off to Arches National Park for a day of hiking and sightseeing.
Hum….where have I seen Delicate Arch before? Looks so familiar. Oh yah, Utah license plate!
I have a hike to a famous, well-known Arch all picked out for today’s adventure. It’s a three-mile round trip hike. Not too difficult but we’re told to plan 2 hours. I can’t wait. Arches National Park is truly unique and a one of a kind place.
Delicate Arch as seen from the scenic overlook – opposite direction as featured on the Utah license plates. So I guess you could say, my photo is backwards 😉
Last night’s winds have not let up, but I refuse to allow the wind to curtail my plans. Hubby, the practical one among us, recommends a few scenic stops before setting out on that hike. You know, to test out the weather first. Well, he didn’t have to recommend we stop along the way more than once, as I was eager to snap away at this amazing scenery.
After a couple of stops and battles with the wind, we arrive at the “Delicate Arch” scenic overlook. From this vantage point we see the famous Arch in the distance perched on a large sandstone rock other wise known as slick rock. We can’t hike to the Arch from this point as a rather huge canyon separates the overlook from the Arch. The trailhead leading to this iconic Arch is up the road a short distance, allowing hikers to wander near and under this towering Arch.
Al, seen in the center with the burgundy colored shirt, waits patiently for me at the scenic overlook, while I hike around on slick rock photographing Delicate Arch
It’s a half a mile uphill to the top of this scenic overlook. The wind is whipping. I continue past the end of the trail hiking out on the slick rock in pursuit of the perfect shot of Delicate Arch. I’m being sandblasted by the ever-present red sand while hiking on sandstone. This isn’t the kind of skin exfoliation method one hopes for. This is anything but Spa like. The sand whipping around is almost uncomfortable on my bare legs. I should have worn pants. Thank goodness I just so happen to have a pair in the vehicle.
Me climbing around in search of the best shot of Delicate Arch seen in the distance
Scenic point – Delicate Arch in background
Al and I quickly return to the vehicle. We are duly impressed with our speed and agility as we traverse the trail downhill all in an attempt to seek shelter from the driving winds. I work to remove grit from my eyes before driving off. As we sit in the vehicle enjoying a short reprieve from the blasting winds, Al in a rather chiding tone of voice asks, “So are we still going on that 2 hour hike?” Head slung and in a defeated tone, I respond, “No. Not today”. The wind wins!But just because we don’t do the hike to Delicate Arch does not mean the day is ruined. Plan B; take in some other sites. We opt for short hikes with breaks from the wind back in the vehicle.
Dramatic skies as weather rolls in
Arches National Park, Utah
The La Sal Mountains in the distance are getting hit with weather ….probably snow. The weather front adds drama to an already dramatic landscape.
The La Sal Mountains in the distance receive a fresh dusting of snow
The winds do settle as the day progresses, but not without leaving in its wake some cool temperatures and a fresh coating of snow on the La Sal Mountains. Snow? Yikes! The thought of snow has us in the mood to move south. Arizona here we come!
I may not have made it to Delicate Arch but I did make it to Windows. That’s lil’ole me standing under North Window Arch
The above event took place last week. We are currently in transit on our way to Phoenix, Arizona. Our short visit to the Moab area was indeed too short. That said, I do believe a revisit is in order next Spring. I know…. it’s a tough job, but I’m up for the challenge!