We were out and about early yesterday. We finally overcame the altitude sickness so we headed out for a hike in the park. Arches National Park is the ultimate rock garden and I wanted to find the amazing structures that gave it it's name. Pine Tree Arch was first. You can see a mini-arch to the left.
We hiked a little further and came to Turret Arch. It was pretty overcast, which was great for keeping the temperature down, but it left the sky looking rather washed out.
Our final destination on this hike was Landscape Arch. It created some excitement in fairly recent history. On Sept. 1, 1991, hikers were relaxing under it when they began hearing cracking and popping sounds. Then, with what sounded like a thunder clap, a sixty foot slab of rock fell away from the right side of the arch, crashing to the desert floor. Fortunately, the hikers scattered at the first sounds, so no one was hurt. When the dust settled, 180 tons of debris covered the area where the hikers had been resting. Apparently, heavy rains had weakened the silt and salt between the rock layers. Needless to say, hikers are not permitted to walk under the arch now.
To one side of Landscape Arch, at a higher elevation, you can see a tiny arch in the making.
I have a great deal more to show you, but we need to hit the road. A tropical depression, Ivo, is dropping some much needed rain here, but it could make travel tricky. There are flash flood warnings being issued for Arizona, which is where we are headed. My next post will be from Flagstaff...I hope. If you would like to see previous posts on our adventures, click on the road trip category in my left sidebar and scroll down to the last few posts. Talk to you soon!
Until next time,