Heat, heat, heat

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
Trip End Jul 25, 2009

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UpTheCreek Campground

Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Moab is hot in July, about 100 degrees with 15% humidity.   We arrived on the evening of 7/9 and pitched our tent in town.  We drove up route 128 along the Colorado River.

We got up early the next day and went to Arches National Park to see some arches.

We hiked to Delicate Arch with 200 other people.  The sign said 3 miles round trip from the parking lot. Given the heat and unrelenting sun, the walk seemed like forever.  Delicate Arch was worth the walk.

We left Arches and drove to Canyon Lands National Park about 35 miles away.  The views there were different and equally amazing.  The drop off from the path we were walking (with no fences) was about 1000 feet to the valley below.

We could see the Colorado River from one part of Canyon Lands and the Green River from another part.  Amazing how much the two rivers eroded over a couple of hundred million years.

Moab cooled down pretty good the first night to about 65 degrees.

After dinner at a restaurant on the side of a hill where we watched the sunset, we drove to Arches and waited for the stars to come out.  At the Windows section of Arches, we sat and watched more stars than either of us has ever seen.  The area is relatively flat and stars glowed brightly 360 degrees from the horizon up.

The second night a wind started to blow after we fell asleep and the temperature and humidity rose.  To us this was very unusual.  I wasn't sure whether we needed to abandon our tent or ride it out.  Turned out that no rain fell, only the hot and humid wind.  Humid to Moab is about 20 to 25% humidity.

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