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What an adventurous day!
We started by picking up our local step-on tour guide "Dee", who guides us through Arches National Park.
We rode in comfort past looming rock walls, arches, sandstone figures, balanced rocks and crumbling structures that have lasted millions of years, eroding via freeze-thaw, driving rains, or collapsing rocks.
The normal deposits of sand to create sandstone seem to tell a story of a collapse of the valley floor, because of the dissolving of salt deposits underground. As a result, the sandstone mountains have dropped several thousand feet, and been eroded into bizarre shapes.
The colors are stunning… reds, rusts, oranges, yellows, tans, and green shrubs dotting the landscape. These are the figures and mountains that we have seen in the old John Wayne/John Ford movies of the Old West.
We view Delicate Arch (the most recognized arch in the park) and walk about the Balanced Rock. We see dual arches, and figures of elephants, birds, Adam and Eve, 3 sisters, and more. Dee shares the history of the area with us as we spend the morning cooler temperatures touring the park.
By noon, we are on our way to nearby Dead Horse Point Park, a cut-off peninsula over-looking the Colorado River snaking 2000 feet below around the canyon floor. We enjoy a box lunch from the local Red Rock Bakery under the sheltering shade at the vantage point. When filled and refreshed, we pose for a group photo. It should be a spectacular shot. We will take several more in other locations later.
By the time we are back at our hotel, most are ready for a nap, while a few relax around the pool or hot tub. Later, we gather for a short two-mile shuttle ride into Moab to find dinner on our own. Some choose ice cream, others a meal, and some from the group visit the gift shops. It’s a pleasant two hours on our own in what amounts to a resort town as the end of the season approaches.
I briefly stopped into an Art Gallery. Many of the objects of art are impressive and pricy, with wind spinners starting at $600, but other watercolors and prints are more reasonable. Many shops have half-price sales or reduce prices on shirts, backpacks, water bottles, socks, postcards, pictures, and more. So you can always find a bargain memento or something to take back home.
I sport a new Arches National Park tee-shirt tonight, the right weight for the cooling temps tonight. But by now, as the sun is beginning to set and the shadows grow long, we are all willing to turn in for the night.
Tomorrow, we will check out and travel to Newspaper Rock, a set of famous petroglyphs that are reproduced in any number of objects of art in this town of Moab. Cedars State Park Museum is next along with the Gooseneck State Park. So it promises to be another full day.