Saturday, 12 September 2015

Traveling to some blue skies!

Hello there!
Our weather has been so grey, wet, & miserable these summer months that I have been looking back through some of the many photos from our travels last Fall. Today I thought I would share some of them with you so that if you have also been enduring these grey conditions you can enjoy some blue skies with me!
The last three weeks of our vacation were spent with my brother & his family in western Colorado. This is an area I truly love & split between family times, sight seeing & a little crafty shopping the days just flew by! By the first week of November we were beginning to see our remaining time dwindling & one place we were determined to still visit was Arches National Park. It is located just north of the town of Moab in eastern Utah, about 3 hours drive across the state line from where my brother lives. Now my previous impressions of eastern Utah could be pretty much summed up by these two photos...

Not much to see here but desert right? Wrong!! This day would completely change my mind about eastern Utah. About 25 miles south of the interstate the highway dipped into some very different scenery... 
The snow-capped La Sal mountains came into view and the desert began to sport amazing rock formations.... 
For those of you who have yet to visit Arches National Park is 76,679 acres of unique rock formations including over 2000 natural stone arches (the biggest amount in any one place in the world). The National Park Service advertise it as a "red rock wonderland" and they're not wrong!
There are many viewpoints & parking places along the road to stop, get out, & explore but even on a warm sunny day you can feel the chill when you head into the shadows cast by the towering stone walls...
After a little while you start seeing faces & animals in the rock shapes, do you see a buffalo in this balanced rock?
Some of the formations have names like the "Three Gossips" below...
But no matter what you call it it is spectacular....
...across an immense scale...
This is part of The Great Wall rock formation which runs parallel to the road for quite a ways...
On the other side of the road the desert stretches out to more formations in the distance...
Some of them are world famous like Balanced Rock...
Once you get closer you begin to appreciate the scale, the top portion is the size of three school buses!
Probably the most famous though is Delicate Arch...
It's the one you see on the State signs & on lots of tourist info for Utah.
We headed on up the road to the Fiery Furnace area. This is a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons that you can hike through on a Ranger guided tour (it's easy to become lost & gps doesn't work in the deep canyons). Hopefully we will be able to do that on our next visit as we were a bit pushed for time this time round. But we were still able to enjoy the area from  viewpoint & also from the road...

We were torn between staying here for sunset (the dying light on the rock here is what gives it it's name) and squeezing in a little bit more of the park. In the end we decided to go for a quick peek at the Windows Section. We passed the Cove of Caves & Double Arch area...
.... Another area we want to explore some more in the future!
This time round we wanted to get up close and look through the South Window...
This is the view on the other side of the window...
...and this is where I was standing...
...do you see the tiny white moon to the left of me? This is the view above my head...
It was just incredible!!! 
As the sun went down the sandstone began to "catch fire" & the colors became even richer. It was difficult to capture on the camera (plus you wanted to put the camera down & just drink it in!) but here's a pic of the North & South Windows as the shadows lengthened (the South one is on the right hand side)...
Behind us at this point was the Turret Arch through which the sun continued to set...
The desert moon rose & began to glow...
It really was a beautiful night...
As the light faded we drove out past Balanced Rock...
We were part of a long procession of headlights winding down the road out of the park & back to the highway. It had been a truly magical day & definitely whetted our appetites to go back another time & explore more of the park (there was a big section at the northern end which we never got to at all). I hope you enjoyed a little trip through it with me! I'm hoping to be back soon with a crafty post, thank you for visiting me here today, have a wonderful weekend!








4 comments:

  1. WOW!!! I'm soooo jealous!! :D Stunning photos x

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    1. Thank you Mii! It is an awesome place to visit, we were so blessed with our trip last year! Hope all is good with you, have a great week :-)

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