Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End May 05, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Saturday, April 23, 2011

We made good time to nearby Moab and into canyon country.  For a time, this was famous for a profitable export - Uranium, but now it is the adventures within the Colorado plateau that draw travelers here.  Unfortunately for us, this was also the time of the annual Jeep Safari and so the town was crowded with Jeeps and their rowdy owners.  After scrambling all over town, we managed to bed down for the night.
Excitement in Moab aside, we made it to Arches National Park without much further ado.  Like most of the Southwest Desert, sand had been packed into stone and subsequently eroded away.  Yet the subtle differences in wind and moisture resulted in radical differences in the landscape.  Here the Navajo Sandstone was eroded from below, causing the formation of majestic bridges over millions of years.  These precarious monoliths gave us a theatrical show of their lives as we wandered beneath their shadows.  The babies of this world were merely concavities in the great faces of the rocks;  by middle age they grew to robust natural windows with the grandest views of the expanse;  with the eons came both marvelous size and precarious shape; and finally the deceased, nothing but the skeletal remains of giant boulders.
What belies the stillness of the desert here is the surprising dynamism of these seemingly immovable rocks.  For in one day we saw an entire lifetime for these structures and I could not help but be moved by them, almost human.
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