Ronja, Lara, Arianny und Anyelo waren sehr weit oben 1. Hinter ihnen ging es sehr weit nach unten 2. Sie sind fast nicht mehr runter gekommen.
We have had two more days of hiking in Arches, yesterday cloudy but today a brilliant cobalt blue sky again. A couple of times, Joe read in the car while I added a more strenuous loop, and he says Christopher Browning’s “Dismantling Democracy 1933 vs. 2018” in the New York Review is a must-read. So he was not wasting time while sitting in a parking lot, even though once I could have sworn that I saw his eyes closed when I returned to the car.
The park is crowded, lots of families, lots of retired couples, lots of international visitors. It is good to see how many people are up for taking a three hour walk with some elevation gain just to see a hole that erosion has made in a rock.
Last night’s dinner has to set the record for the best customer service ever. We went to a very crowded and busy pizzaria with a real wood burning stove no less, and found that the two tables next to us had turned over twice and we still had not gotten our pizza. Joe had a big bowl of toscana soup which took some time, but even so, we were starting to wonder what was going on. The waitress came and apologized, saying that something had happened to our ticket. Then the head cook brought out the pizza and apologized again. We said we were fine, not a problem, we are on vacation. Then the manager came to apologize and we told him the same thing. About ten minutes later, the waitress told us that our pizzas were on the house because of the bad service, but that under Utah law we would have to pay for our glasses of wine. Fine, but really not necessary. Then ten minutes later, the owner of the restaurant came and told us he wanted to treat us to dessert. Never in all my days have I gotten such attention over a late pizza! Forma Antica is the name of the place, and in addition to the service, their pizza was excellent. And tasted good after our morning hike as well!
Tomorrow, we’re out of Moab and on the way back!Read more
Today was our first day in Arches. It was about a three hour drive from Capitol Reef, through lots of very punishing territory. We stopped for breakfast at a breakfast diner type place that had John Wayne plastered on every available square inch on the wall.
Once in Moab, we went straight to the park. The weather was beautiful, we are on a roll (though some rain is forecast for tomorrow). To take advantage, we went straight to the Delicate Arch trailhead. About a 3 mile roundtrip with some elevation up to the iconic arch that adorns Utah’s license plate. Joe got some more kudos from people at the top. No other people within a decade of him, I would wager. We felt lucky to be there, with the snow covered La Sal (?) mountains in the background. For the rest of the afternoon, we drove and stopped at various places with short walks to, you guessed it, more arches. With the bright blue sky in the background, everything was just beautiful.
Doing laundry and thinking about dinner, but most of all thinking about how lucky we are to do this.
PS. The sign at Arches said that discharging your firearm is illegal inside the park. Apparently bringing it in locked and loaded isn’t.Read more
Voilà voila, nous venons de finir notre tournée des parcs des usa (du moins ceux qu'on voulaient et pouvaient faire) ! Ces derniers jours nous avons visité Monument Valley, Canyonlands et Arch national parc. Ils sont tous les trois magnifiques même si j'ai personnellement eu un petit coup de coeur pour Canyonlands que je trouve presque aussi surprenant que le Grand Canyon. Arch parc est aussi très spécial, comme son nom l'indique on y trouve des arches formées dans les montagnes oranges. Ils y a aussi pleins de rochers/cailloux qui tiennent en équilibre sur des montagnes.
Nous avons aussi eu la chance de se réveiller un matin avec la neige tout autour de nous, le paysage était encore plus beau !
Nous voilà donc près à répartir en direction de New York (juste-à-temps pour la période de Noël :D)!Read more
What a day! We explored Arches National Park today and were in awe yet again. Upon the recommendation of our campsite neighbor from New York, we arrived at the entrance gate before the park opened at 7 a.m. and headed to the trail-head for the Delicate Arch which is is the famous arch that the park is most known for. It was a 3 1/4 mile hike to get there in 90 degree heat but worth every step. I was pretty proud of myself for conquering some steep and rocky terrain and even going out to the arch on the open slickrock. We were very glad we did this hike early. We also did several small walk/hikes to see the Sand Dune Arch and the Double Arch. Both were very cool. In between our hikes we were glad to have the RV's air conditioning and refrigerator so we could regroup. After our day at the park, we traveled to Bryce Canyon Natural Park which turned out to be a 5 1/2 hour trip through a very remote but beautiful part of the state. We found a campground in a small little town called Tropic which is 8 miles from the entrance to Bryce National Park, tomorrow's adventure.Read more
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