After another (somewhat chilly) evening under the stars,
we made our way to Arches National Park.
Taking pictures in Arches is all about what time of day you are in
what part of the park.
Because of this we missed some of the premium photo opportunities.
But we enjoyed exploring the beauty of this area that has so many arches!
We took a hike along Park Avenue,
with its amazing views of many formations on all sides.
I even got to see some tiny shrimp swimming around in little pools of water.
We drove to the end of the road and went for a hike along
the Devils Garden Trail. What an amazing collection of arches!
Landscape Arch (the first photo) is an amazingly delicate piece of rock,
floating above the ground.
It lost a big chunk of the rock several years ago,
showing the temporary nature of all things.
Another arch near by completely collapsed earlier in 2010.
Nature in motion.
Look at how clear the air was for us!
Everything just popped,
From this perspective balanced rock truely looks amazing.
It looks as if the constant tug of gravity would pull it down at any time.
And some day it will.
But when you walk around the back side of it, you see that it is a bit of
an optical illusion.
The rock has more of a base than it appears,
it will hold its place for a while longer.
Eventually it will be called too strongly by the grounds loving embrace,
and it will tumble down, to become one with the dirt that surrounds it.
I think my little car enjoyed its adventure through the Southwest!
It got to go explore the dirt roads.
Enjoyed the views along the way.
Camped with us each night,
and sometimes even kept us a little warmer on those really chilly nights
(as we curled up in the front seats)
Got us to each place in comfort.
What could be a better experience for a little car?
We even spent the night camping in the backcountry of Arches.
We found an amazing spot surrounded by red rock.
After setting up camp I climbed up some of the slick rock,
a beautiful slopping rock, easy to climb up.
And I sat there,
admiring the beauty of the evening light reflecting off the red rock.
I returned to this spot in the morning to watch the morning light move across the rock.
It was amazing to see how different, yet similar it was.
After our adventure through Arches we spent a day
doing the tourist thing in Moab.
I bought a couple of books that turned out to be very inspiring to me.
We looked at beautiful pieces of art.
We caught up with the internet world at the Library.
And then we headed out of town, to search for our evening camp spot.
The arch above was one on the side of the road,
south of Moab.
Each arch holds so much beauty!