|Campsite at Arches National Park|
Just as we thought it would be, the temperatures today rose from 84 at the start of the day to 109 by midafternoon! Yikes!
We left the RV by 6am to catch the rising sun on Landscape Arch. It was only about five minutes from the campsite and there were only a few people on the trail this early. It was well worth rising early. The light on the arch early morning was incredible just as the literature stated it would be.
|Trailhead to Landscape Arch|
|Tim is at the top of the rock!|
|I stopped here!!|
From Landscape Arch, we drove to Turret Arch which is also supposed to be good for morning light.
At the local visitor center we were told of the lake that the locals use, Ken's Lake. With map in hand, we found it. Fortunately, we had our bathing suits in the car so we changed and jumped right in. Tim fished while I lounged in the water. Believe it or not, he caught his limit of six fish!!! He has fished everywhere we have been in all the lakes and streams. It seems strange that we had to come to the high desert for him to catch any.
|Ken's Lake in Moab|
After dinner, about 8pm, we returned to the Window Arches hoping that we weren't too late to catch the evening sunlight. By the time we got there, it was crowded with folks doing the same thing we were. We climbed through the Turret Arch hoping to get a great shot through it to the North Window. The light didn't disappoint. We got some great shots!
|North and South Window Arches|
|North Window Through Turret Arch|
The air was still hot but with the sun going down, it was a lot more bearable. We waited with a group of other folks to see the moonrise over the rock formations. It was truly a beautiful sight to see the sunset through the North Window and the full moon rise above one of the rock outrcroppings.
|Sunset Through North Window|
July 4th, Wednesday
Happy fourth of July!
The road to Canyonland National Park'a Island in the Sky area is only twelve miles from the Arches Visitor Center (which is eighteen miles from us) so we decided that we would tour by car and stop along the way at various overlooks. The Park, dedicated in 1968, is 527 acres with only a few paved roads along the top rims. We thought it might be too hot to do much walking, but we packed a lunch and went out for the day. Fortunately, it was overcast with a little breeze and the temperatures were hovering in the mid 80s. That being so, we drove directly to the farthest point in this section of the Park, Grand View Point Overlook. Once there, we opted to hike the rim trail for panoramic views of the canyons. This two mile round trip hike across the top of the canyon and at times very near to the rim, gave us breathtaking views. The top of the canyons below were 1000 feet below us. The bottom of those canyons were 1000 feet below that. The sights were awesome. Being a hazy day, however, I'm afraid the images we took cannot compare with what we actually saw.
|Tim Hiking on the Rim Trail|
|Canyon Views from Rim|
|Yes, He is Still on the Trail!|
|Tim Atop Mesa Arch..This is definitely not the trail!|