Saturday, June 14, 2014

Yoo 605 - Arches 1

Dylan snagged us a campsite at Arches super last minute so a thousand props to her. It was such a pretty campsite, with gorgeous views and the best pile of rocks to stargaze on. The weather was perfect while we were at Arches (for about the last time on our trip...) so there will be a lot of gushing in the next couple of posts. BUT, I promise that reality set in again when we got to Escalante.

There was a lot of joking and hiking and looking at piles of rocks. Also, "Hey dad, tell us about this soil!"

^^ morgan hijacking an established cairn as her birthday cairn ^^

^^ view from one side of our campsite ^^

After clamoring around with every tourist and their dog all day, we were ready for some off-the-beaten-track time. Tower Arch involved a 7-mile drive on unpaved roads and fit the bill. I brushed my teeth right before we started hiking and then everything was perfect. Perfect temperature, perfect deep-blue sky, perfect buddies. I will have fond memories of this hike forever.

^^ we dubbed this our dad's birthday might be a couple rocks short though :-) ^^

^^ dad struck a pose ^^

^^ as we trekked towards tower arch, we didn't know exactly what we were looking for. besides an arch. so we kept wondering if we would know the arch when we saw it. at one point, we thought this was the arch. ^^

^^ but this is tower arch. we all agreed it was our favorite. mostly because it was more remote and we had it to ourselves. ^^

^^ "teagan, can you hear me?" ^^

^^ the beginnings of taco soup ^^

The stars of southern Utah. Our night at Arches was crisp and clear. I feel like the night sky is overwhelming. Like when you sit in the front row at an IMAX. Where do you focus? Even after gazing for half an hour I felt like I'd seen so little. What a luxury to have so many visible stars! I'm lucky if I can see three on any given night in San Antonio. I miss the night sky.

Have a great day :-)

1 comment:

Nicole Jessop said...

That is the worst thing about the city and my favorite thing to do when I get home. Usually it's pretty close to midnight so all of the gazillions of stars are visible. Pretty pictures! I'm thinking it would be fun to go camping down there now!