The 100 degree temperatures forced us to four wheels today. We rode the bike to Moab and rented a car for the day. EXCELLENT decision. We were able to tour both parks in comfort. It was extremely windy and hot all day. No need for an exfoliant after the sandblasting we received while walking the trails to the overlooks!
I had visited Arches when I was 19-20 and ended up in a hospital with food poisoning. This trip it was very hot and windy and uncomfortable. I think that’s the last trip to Arches for me. Arches lies atop an underground salt bed that is responsible for the arches, spires, balanced rocks, sandstone fins, and eroded monoliths. 100 million years of erosion has created one of the world’s greatest densities of arches. There are over 2,000 cataloged arches ranging from three feet to 306 feet base to base. Wind and rain can do amazing things.
After Arches we drove over to the Island in the Sky area of the Canyonlands. This is one of three areas: the other two being The Needles and The Maze. Canyonlands preserves a wilderness of rock at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Water and gravity, this land’s prime architects, cut flat layers of sedimentary rock into hundreds of canyons, mesas, buttes, arches, fins and spires. In the center are two canyons carved by the Green and Colorado Rivers. It is an outdoor persons paradise.
We ate dinner in Moab at the Sunset Grill high atop a mountain overlooking Moab with a great sunset view. I think it’s the first time in a month we’ve gone out for dinner. We returned the car and rode the bike back to camp.
We’ve decided to lay low tomorrow. The heat is taking its toll on us. We will head out to southern Utah and will stay in Pangultch, Utah. From there we will tour Bryce and Zion National Parks.
Oh yeah, one silver lining of being a senior is the lifetime National Park Pass for $10 that gets you into all national parks FREE! Ralph has one…I’m not old enough. 🙂