Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Arches National Park

After finally making it through the bad storm, we left Monument Valley and headed to Moab, Utah. Our goal there was to tour Arches National Park. While we had visited Monument Valley before, Arches was a new experience for us.

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This photo depicts The Three Gossips, one of the amazingly many rock formations in the park.

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True to its name, the park has many arches. This particular formation is called Double Arch. My husband is in the foreground to give you a sense of scale. There is a trail you can hike right up and into the arch formation itself which we followed after this picture was taken.

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Speaking of trails, you absolutely must obey all of the warning signs in the park to protect its natural resources—which we did.

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Here I am in front of one of the arched windows in the park—just so you know we did get actual pictures of us on our adventure. This tree has grown in such a way that it makes a natural chair. I’m somewhat unsure as to whether sitting on it to have my picture taken is considered bad for the park or not.

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While touring around the town of Moab itself, we discovered a yarn shop which I promptly entered. Desert Thread is owned by two sisters, Cathy O'Connor and Rosie Boone. This is a very friendly shop and I really enjoyed my visit. The yarn I bought is for a summer project I’ve started. There is also a quilt fabric shop nearby, but we ran out of time and energy after hiking in the park all day.


Thimbleanna said...

Hi Junie Moon -- it's so fun waving at you sitting there on that big ol' branch! I love arches. I spent my whole life in and out of Utah and my first trip to Arches was just two years ago. (Zion and Bryce were always our default trips.) Did you hike out to the famous arch? (The one where the drop off is just a wee bit scary (I can't remember it's name.) And who knew there were quilt and yarn shops in Moab -- thanks for the tip!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful photos, June! I'm adding Monument park to my list of places I must see one day!