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Courthouse Towers

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    • Day 55

      Arches National Park

      May 18, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Un parc magnifique, très varié avec ses formations rocheuses impressionnantes. On y trouve des arches naturelles bien sûr (un sacré paquet), mais aussi des monuments presque comme à Monument Valley, des dunes pétrifiées, des vues majestueuses…
      On fera une magnifique randonnée au coucher du soleil pour voir « Delicate Arch » qui nous laissera presque sans voix devant sa beauté.

      Le premier soir, nous étions en train de dîner dehors devant Ohana, quand Noah a commencé à voir de grands nuages et à nous prévenir qu il y avait une tempête.
      Je lui ai dit : il a fait chaud ce sont des nuages de chaleur!
      On a ressenti du vent puis soudain : la tempête de sable s’est abattue sur nous en une minute ! Noah avait raison, les nuages étaient chargés de sable.
      Vite vite, on s’est réfugiés dans Ohana pour finir nos assiettes assaisonnées au sable et on a plaint les gens en tente car la force des vents et du sable était assez impressionnante !
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    • Day 15

      Park Arches - Park Avenue

      August 29, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Park Narodowy Arches to jeden z najpiękniejszych parków narodowych w USA choć nie taki duży i znany jak Yellowstone, Yosemitte lub Grand Canyon. Co ciekawe niezależnie dwie osoby pytane o ulubione parki narodowe wybierały ten..... Spędziliśmy w nim jeden późny wieczory i drugi dzień do wczesnego popołudnia.... Za krótko :(.... Poniżej tylko zdjęcia z wieczora nie pokazujące jeszcze piękna tego miejsca choć trzeba przyznać że w świetle zachodzącego słońca nawet zwyczajne skały te zyskują urokuRead more

    • Day 25

      Arches National Park 1/2, USA

      July 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Avant-hier nous avons vu la tête d'un géant de pierre sorti de terre. Ses yeux étaient faits de deux arches et son nez d'un énorme rocher. Il avait même des oreilles. Exceptionnellement nous avons pu grimper que sur un seul œil. Habituellement on peut grimper sur plein de rochers.

      Le même jour nous avons acheté un puzzle de cinq-cent pièces que nous avons fini aujourd'hui.


      Le puzzle a demandé plusieurs heures de travail et la participation de toute la famille 
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    • Day 14

      Day 14 - US Highway 191 to Arches NP

      May 5, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Woke up to glorious sunshine. After all the usual requirements taken care of we headed north on US Highway 191.

      Just north of Monument Valley we stopped for the most iconic of photos looking back. We hopped in & out of the road, traffic permitting. We took photos in all different permutations & I ended up taking some for a Canadian couple with a posh camera.

      On we headed to the little town of Bluff, where stumbled across Fort Bluff. It was advertised as free, so we stopped. Upon entering the grounds of the fort we were accosted by A couple in old fashioned clothing. They invited us to watch a 14 minute video relating to the history of the Fort, which we accepted & watched in a church.....of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Another fascinating documentary about the plight of the Hole-In-The-Rock Pioneers who trail blazed a route from Escalante to Bluff.

      The Fort Bluff grounds contained various mock-ups of the huts they were living in. There are numerous original artefacts, wagons etc. Jackie declined the opportunity to dress up, but I enjoyed it so I put a donation in the box. Jackie accused me of being tight, but for my generous donation, Kelly & Carly (who had volunteered to work there for a year) posed for a photo with me.

      We continued back on the same road, through Blanding (that lived up to it’s name), Monticello, then into Moab. The scenery had been quite diverse as was the weather, we even had a drop of rain. I attempted a couple of panoramic photos whilst driving along, but I don’t recommend it.

      In Moab we stopped at a supermarket to stock up on a few provisions, beer mainly (wine & spirits are not sold on a Sunday). The plan was to camp in Arches National Park if there was any room available. We returned to the car park to encounter another miserable RVer, then sat in our RV to catch up on ‘social media’.

      We arrived at Arches National Park around 2.00pm & presented my NP Pass. The ranger asked for ID & it was at this point I realised we had mislaid my UK driving licence. We enquired about the possibility of camping in the park & she told us that there was not a chance of there being a vacancy. So as we ascended into the Park, Jackie urgently made a phone call to the Moab KOA campground to see if they still had vacancies. They did & we booked ourselves in for the night.

      Arches NP was busy & the 1st viewpoint, Park Avenue Viewpoint was full of vehicles, so we carried on. We stopped at La Sal Mountains Viewpoint, Courthouse Towers Viewpoint & Petrified Dunes Viewpoint, where we were able to take photos by just stepping out of the RV.

      We continued on to Balanced Rock, where we took a half mile walking trail around said rock, taking photos from most angles. We resisted the temptation to climb halfway up the rock itself. A fork in the road then took off to Garden of Eden, Double Arch, North & South Window & Turret Arch. We could see them from the road, but didn’t stop because again there were way too many people. We come back when it was quieter.

      Next we caught a glimpse of Pothole Arch, then continued to Panorama Point for a ‘panoramic’ photo, then took the next right fork to Wolfe Ranch, where there was a 3 mile trail to Delicate Arch. Again, let’s of people, so we promised ourselves we would do it another day, instead we drove a bit further where we too a short hike about half a mile to Lower, then Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoints.

      We returned to the RV just in time, before the wind suddenly violently got up & we had rain again. This was supposed to be one of the driest places on the planet, yet we were rained on! The strong winds were a reminder of how the weather had eroded this land to create weird Arches & Towers. It is an unforgettable spectacle.

      We left the park & checked into our campground & sat in the warm SUN & plotted our onward travels. The evening finished with Spag Bol & an episode of Dirty John.

      FITBIT = 10,452 steps / 4.85 miles

      Song of the Day - Archway Towers by New Model Army.
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    • Day 9

      Arches pt 1

      May 18, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      We made it to arches! A glorious drive down - you really feel like you're on Mars. We headed to the park only to find it closed due to too many cars! Headed into Moab (which is also cute but I forgot that May is construction season - roadwork EVERYWHERE). Went to the visitor's center to get some info and voila! The park had opened again! So we drove through and admired more cool rocks, but I was most impressed with the mountain range to the south. Holy tomatoes. Definitely going there someday. Mt. Waas or bust!Read more

    • Day 58

      Arches NP after dark

      September 29 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 68 °F

      It was absolutely beautiful! We heated up a package of Kitchari for dinner at the picnic area and let Duncan out for a bit. Then hiked to the Delicate Arches viewpoints, but couldn't see it from the upper one. Then once final stop at Park Avenue viewpoint for dinner and bed prep as we stealth camped in Moab overnight. Totals 77 miles for Bliss, about 7 for us, and $75.17.Read more

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