Arches National Park
Trip Start May 03, 2010
8Trip End May 29, 2010
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After landing in Denver and receiving a wonderfully warm welcome from Kruch, Joy, and five or six family members wandering in and out of the house, we set off for Arches National Park- about five hours away.
Thank goodness Erik was driving, because I spent most of the drive just craning my head around trying to take in the mountains, valleys, and ridiculously colorful cliffs. After only 24 hours in Colorado I'm pretty sure I could be content living here for good. The drive provided some of the coolest landscape I’d ever seen – until we got to Utah and Arches, that is.
After a slight detour for a short hike at Fisher Towers on the recommendation of Kruch and Joy, we got to Arches about an hour before sunset.
Erik’s main goal for the park was to capture Delicate Arch at sunset, so we hauled through the park to get to the trailhead. Looking at the map, the trail to Delicate Arch looked a little less than a mile, so we thought we’d be good with a 20-minute hike. We failed to account for the elevation change, however, and the fact that the majority of the trail was uphill over slick rock and winding cliff edges. I felt like a total loser huffing and puffing my way up while the hikers coming down passed by looking refreshed, as if all they had done was take a stroll around the block. After a little over an hour of the fastest paced hike I’ve ever done and just as the sun was setting, we got to Delicate Arch at an elevation of 4829ft. The view was breathtaking.
We’re now on a 6 ½ hour drive southwest to Zion National Park, uploading via the 3G network on our phones. Pretty sweet, no? It’s hard to imagine what might be coming next, because what we’ve seen so far has been pretty spec-fucking-tacular -- but stay tuned for updates!
Emily and Erik