3.2% Alcohol limit ... Utah Sucks!!!!

Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Apr 07, 2012

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Gold Bar Camp Site

Flag of United States  , Utah
Monday, July 26, 2010

We were woken at 5.30am to find we had arrived in Utah, though we could not see much initially, when the light started to improve and we soon realised we were in Arches National Park. Up to our right was a huge archway called 'The Window' so we all headed up there in our PJ’s to watch the sunrise.  In front of us the sun was rising slowly and behind us the moon was slowly descending as the sun took over the lighting up all of the mountains, we had never seen them so clearly together, almost as if one was finishing a shift and another was starting, it was a fantastic setting and a great start to the day.  We were also excited as it seemed we had finally arrived at the dramatic scenery we had been hoping for.

We then headed further into the park where we started to prepare breakfast and lunch and parked the bus just near to the trail head for our hike around the arches.  Arches National Park has over 2000 catalogued arches, meaning it is home to the world’s greatest densities of natural arches.  The arches are caused by a combination of water, ice, extreme temperatures, underground salt movement and over 100 million years of erosion

As we had four hours we decided to walk along the main trail and see how we felt.  The initial trail head was very sandy and flat and we arrived at the Landscape arch.  As we then started to move further up the trail we started to hit lots of climbing terrain which took us straight up to some amazing viewing spots where we could see the whole park, really fantastic views.  The Partition arch was incredible – it provided a window to the park where you could see for miles.  Stunning.  It is very difficult to describe the beauty of Arches, and do it justice, they say a pictures tells 1000 words hence the number of photos attached.

For our store stop we headed into the small town of Moab for supplies, we bought a new bracelet each from a local Indian store and topped up with gifts (god knows where we will put them all!!!).  As we were on the edge of the desert the heat was incredible and it was hard to believe that the day’s high was only 98 degrees, just really incredible heat.  Many of the bars had the cooling system we’d previously seen at Plymouth – so we took great pleasure walking up and down outside one particular bar for about 5 minutes trying to get some respite from the heat.  Meanwhile the drivers had been to top up the food so on our return we were ready to go and set up camp.

Finally we had made it to our first of 4 camping nights, we never thought we would end up longing for camping so much but a but the chance of some personal space was a great prospect.  We arrived at our Camp ground which was on the Colorado River, just a couple of hundred miles downstream from where we had rafted the previous day.  The camp ground was open and had an area for the kitchen, fire-pit and plenty of space for camping.  Earlier we had asked what the forecast was for the evening and had been told there was a chance of rain, so we quickly pitched the tent and sorted all of our things out while everyone else spent time swimming in the river.  Annabelle’s planning wins again as 10 minutes  later the rains came thundering down, quite literally. There was thunder and lightning and the few tents that were up were either blown away or waterlogged and everyone’s belonging got soaked.    

The campsite had a perfect place for jumping into the river so we took the opportunity to jump in as soon as we were ready, such a relief from the heat.  Again we were warned about the tide and soon  realised why when we ended up floating at pace downstream as soon as we surfaced, luckily we managed to pull ourselves out and were just heading back for another go when the rain came down.  There we were looking into the storm holding hands and jumping off into the river, awesome..

That night we ate together as usual and most of the others headed to watch a punk band who were playing songs about a mile away in a disused tunnel under the highway.  We sat with a few of those who could not be bothered to move and lit a fire, the peace was deafening and perfect.  That was until the others got back and started playing drinking games and skinny dipping ... muppets. 
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linda on

wish you could have a proper bed for the night wish you had star treak enterprise so beam me up scottie then let you go back lol lindax

Kez on

Ha! Muppets!!! Gotta love ya Annabelle :)

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