Driving though the mountains and a Fiery Furnace
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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We drove back down toward Moab for 15 miles before turning off on the LaSal Mountain Loop Road
We ate some lunch and then headed out again, this time around the corner to a thrift store. It said it specialized n used gear so I thought it would be like a pre-owned REI store. That part was disappointing as it just had a few old hiking boots and other small things. But they did have a great used book section with everything 1, 2 or 3 dollars. So Pooh and I got a few cheap books. Also, used CD’s were only $2 – so I took a chance on a few that I thought would be good. Back at the RV we only had an hour to chill on this very hot afternoon. Before our hike in Arches.
Our hike was at 4 but we left at 3 to give us plenty of time. Arches is just a few miles north of Moab so it only takes about 10 min. to get there. After that the ranger said it would be a 30 min
Unfortunately, the group was pretty large at 25 people. And about 10 of these were adolescent boys. Now a few adolescent boys are no problem, but when you put them in a group they sometimes tend to get on the stupid side. Like one time on the trip one kid had to use the restroom – so finally when we got to an area, the ranger showed him where and then 6 or 7 of the boys followed. They were worse than girls walking each other to the restroom.
With this large of a group it is important to stay close to the ranger because they don’t shout when they are talking. So Pooh and I made sure we were at the front, especially since we had to travel single file since many of the paths through the furnace were very narrow. Amy was one of the best rangers we have had in our month and a half in the national parks. She had a very quick wit about her and knew how to discipline the boys in a unique sarcastic way without them even knowing it. One of those where she put them down with a small phrase that they’ll understand in the middle of the night sometime
Besides good discipline, she was a very good teacher and really explained and demonstrated the unique geology of the area. In one place there was a tiny little arch to crawl through. Of course the boys really wanted to do it but they were quite slow for their age. Then as soon as most of them went through, Pooh decided she wanted to try it out. So she shimmied up the slick rock and went through the arch with no problem – must faster than the boys.
At times we had to go up and down 45 degree slick rock and other times leap over deep ravines. Some of the rocks were steeper than that but there were little steps cut into the rock – very small steps, not my size. The fun part about this trail is it was unmarked and the ranger knew all the cool places to see in this maze of tall rock fins. You could easily get lost back in this area. The last rest stop, ranger Amy took us to this hidden arch that was behind and at the end of this ravine that you had to squeeze through two massive boulders to get through. She also ready some Edward Abby to us – very nice.
The walk back was kind of slow since this slow woman complained about going too fast
After the hike, we thanked our great ranger – who is just a part time summer ranger and goes to school at Oregon. We drove back to Moab and had dinner at Singha Thai Restaurant. I think they got our order wrong as they gave Pooh the VERY spicy dish and me the mild one. The mild one was hot enough for me but the spicy one was even too much for me. So they gave Pooh some more rice to cover-up the spice. Overall great food – so good, Pooh even wanted to go back there at a later time (she never does that as she really does not care for eating out that much.
Back at the RV we took Quique out for another walk around town and the berry trees where again; we ate too much and got purple hands. Since we had a tough but fun hike, we just chilled at the RV for the rest of the night.
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