Our final 'Utah Rocks' stop - Arches!

Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 24 – by Emma

Today was a really exciting day for me because my cousin Ryan was flying out to see us. He is 14 and is from New Jersey.  Before my cousin Ryan got here we had a lot of time in the morning, so I did some math on IXL.  After that we went to the Visitor's Center at Arches National Park to get our Junior Ranger books, and for some hiking information.  Then we went to the airport because the flight with my cousin on it would be here soon.  When he got there we all were really excited and gave him lots of hugs.  Then we drove into town and went shopping a bit because my Dad needed a new hat.   Ryan stayed in the RV and slept because he wasn’t felling to well after the flight and because of the heat.  Then we drove to the campsite in Arches, and when we got there we explored the rocks.  Ryan and I found some really good paths that let us get really high on the rocks. A bit later we had some dinner and did a little hike that took us to Skyline Arch which was right in our campground. That arch was really cool because on the other side of the arch there was a steep drop-off. Finally, we went to a ranger program, and I learned that explorer John Wesley Powell (the same explorer who mapped the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon) lived here for 18 years!  When it was over we went back to the RV at 10pm and went to bed.  I had a really good first day with my cousin.  

June 25 – by Katelyn

Today we hiked 12 miles to see many Arches

Today I got up a 5:45 because we were going to go on a hike 9 mile hike.  On the hike I saw lots of arches and cool rocks.  The first arch that we saw was called Landscape Arch.  This arch is one of my favorites because it is longer than a football field, and it is really fragile because the top is so skinny.  At the most delicate point it is only 6 feet thick!  After we saw this arch, we went to two more arch es about a mile and a half along the road. These next two arches that we saw are called Navajo Arch, and Partition Arch.  We arrived at Navajo arch first.  When we got here we were not feeling one bit tired and we rested in the shade that the Arch was giving off.  When we left this arch it was about .2 miles to Partition Arch.  This Arch is really cool because right next to it, there is a little hole where we got really cool pictures.  Our Next stop/rest was at Double O Arch.  We could not really get up into the arch, but below the arch there was a little hole where we could get some shade.  This is the Arch where 2 Chinese people stole my water bottle because there was a really steep ledge that I wasn’t able to climb up with it so I left it at the bottom.  The funny part is that we saw these people steal the water with our very own eyes.  Dad said that they probably needed it more than us since we still had lots of water.  After we left this arch we were pretty tired, so we were moving a bit slower.  What gave us some energy was seeing the turnaround point, which was called Dark Angle. This was not that cool, because it was just a big black rock that stuck out of the ground and it did not even look like an angle.  Our next arch is called the Private Arch.  Here, we rested a bit in the shade and took some pictures.  It was here when Ryan’s headache started and he was feeling really bad.  We did not stay at this ach for very long, and when we left we walked behind Ryan at a pretty slow pace and went step by step.  Dad kept encouraging Ryan that he could do it, telling him he was almost there, but Ryan said he thought he had heat stroke!  Our last two arches were called Pine tree Arch and Tunnel Arch.  Madison and Ryan did not go to these arches because you had to walk extra to get to them, and since Ryan was pooped, Madison walked him back to the trailhead.  At Pine Tree Arch I freaked out because there was a big crack in the top of the arch, and I thought that the arch would fall down on me.  Tunnel Arch was not that cool! After that we were back at the trailhead with Ryan and Madison where we helped Ryan in the shade.  Once we got back to the campsite I slept and read my book in the shade because it was 106 degrees outside.  Once we regained our energy we went to Skyline Arch and hung out.  Then it was almost sunset so we went on another 3 mile hike to see Delicate Arch.  Delicate Arch was my favorite one of all, because it was in the middle of nowhere, and it just shot up into the sky.  Also, at Delicate arch we had a really good sunset because there were beams of light and they were shooting out from the clouds.  After we went on this trail we went to bed.  In total we hiked 12 miles today and I was quite tired!

June 26 – by Madison

Today we woke up outside in a tent since it was so hot in the RV.  We were complaining so much that my Dad finally gave in and said that he would take us back to the campground in Moab because there is an electric hook-up so we can use the AC, and because we wanted to go swimming.   This  was our last day in Arches National Park, so we decided to go to on a couple of short hikes.  The first hike that we went on was called Broken Arch Trail, was a loop that started in our campground.  This was a 2 mile hike that was going to reveal 3 arches: Tapestry Arch, Broken Arch and Sand Dune Arch.  My favorite of the 3 arches was Tapestry Arch because it was so big and it gave a lot of shade.  After we saw this arch we saw Broken Arch.  I didn’t like this arch as much because it was small and it looked like a lot of the other arches. The  thought last arch that we saw on this hike was an arch called Sand Dune Arch.  I thought that this arch was creatively named because it was sitting on top of a sand dune.  I thought that this was not the best arch because had a bunch of holes in it.   We then hiked back to the campground and we packed up the RV to drive to the Visitor Center.  On the way, we went on 2 very short hikes called Double Arch Trail and the Windows Trail.  I really liked seeing Double Arch because it reminded me of a hunched over man.  Also, this is the only double arch that I have ever seen.  After we finished Double Arch Trial we went on Windows Trail.  We saw Turret Arch, North Window Arch and South Window Arch.   My favorite arch out of the 3 that we saw was North Window Arch, because that is the only arch that we saw close up.  We saw the other 2 arches, but we decided not to hike right up to them because it was really hot out and we wanted to go swimming at the campground.  When we got to the campground we went to the pool and swam for about 20 minutes.  Then a group of teenage girls came in and the pool was packed like sardines in a can!  We took showers and then Dad took us out to dinner and to get yummy gelato for desert.  After this we walked back to the campground and went to bed in the cool AC!  I had a very fun day seeing all of the arches and going swimming.
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