Saturday, October 22, 2016

Our Last Trip Into Arches National Park for this Trip!

The 4 of us left the CG at 7:45 and dropped off Ernie and Noela's truck at the Ford Dealer in Moab for a transmission fluid change.  They told them they would work on it right away and will probably be finished in about 1 1/2 hours.  So we all went to get a few groceries and then returned to the CG to await a call when the truck was ready to go.  We did a few things to get prepared for our departure tomorrow.

By 10 it was finished being serviced so we left the truck at a parking lot and the 4 of us went in the CRV to Arches National Park.  Again, it was a very busy day at the Park.  Ken wanted to hike to about 4 or 5 arches today, ones we hadn't seen before on this visit.  It was good we got to the NP later today, because it was only in the low 40's early this morning, but got to almost 80 degrees by mid afternoon.

Our 1st stop was in a large area where you could take relatively short hikes to 4 different arches.  All of them were spectacular!

1st view was of North Window Arch -

North Window Arch - you could go under it!

Next to South Window Arch -

A great view of North and South Window Arches -

Time to build another cairn!

And on to Turret Arch -

Mama and Baby Arch!

Then we walked across the parking lot and took the hike to Double Arch.  This is an amazing one and you can get up close and personal -

One arch behind another!

Ken took this photo while sitting high up in the arch! 
I wanted to climb up to Ken and Ernie, but I thought that
might not be a good choice.  I didn't need another back spasm!

This one is so unique!

Then it was time to eat our packed lunches and we have eaten at the same place the 3 days we picnicked in the park - love the backdrop!

After lunch we circled around the back of the park and started driving to the Visitors Center.  But, we had to make 2 more stops on the way.  

Skyline Arch was interesting because of the huge "chunk" that had broken off of it in 1940.  It was a very high arch, one that was not able to be climbed.

Almost a perfectly squared corner where the boulder fell!

This arch has some height!

What are you doing up there????

Walking back from the Skyline Arch!

Our last stop was at Sand Dune Arch and it is the favorite of young children. You go through a narrow crevice, but then enter into a huge "sandbox".  In the summer it is a great hike when it is a very hot day for it is mostly in the shade and a very protected area.  It was so full in that area and the children were having such a good time.  What a sight for our last stop in Arches.

A rather narrow crevice to go through!

Quite a sandbox!!

Looks like a bird's beak and a dog smooching!!

All the children were having a great time!

Just a view sights from inside Arches while we were hiking or driving -

Okay, you have to admit this really looks like a person with a
sock type knit hat!

Just some unusual rock formations!

We did stop at the Visitors Center on our way out so Ken could buy a T-Shirt with Delicate Arch on the front and a list of the major arches in the NP on the back.

We returned to the CG by 4:15 and it was time to pack up for tomorrow's trip to Zion NP, about a 330 mile driving day!

We skyped with all of our granddaughters, Lanie, Bob, and Jamie.  So good to see and talk to them.  Everyone seems to be doing very well.

We had a late dinner, chatted with Ernie and Noela about tomorrow's trip, and then spent the evening downloading photos and working on the blog.  Also watched some of the Penn State/Ohio State football game. 

We have certainly enjoyed our time in Moab, Canyonlands NP, Dead Horse Point State Park, and especially Arches National Park.  It is such a wonderful area. Now we are looking forward to camping in Hurricane, Utah and visiting Zion and Bryce National Parks.  We are certainly Celebrating Life Daily!

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Boat Ride and Then A Scenic Drive!

This picture was taken inside Waldo from our breakfast
 table this morning!

The 4 of us left the CG around 10, stopped at a Ford Dealer for Ernie to ask some questions about his truck transmission (he will have the transmission fluid changed tomorrow) and then went to Canyonlands by Night and Day for our 11 AM boat ride.

This is the office for the boat rides.  They have been in business
for 50 years but build this complex (you only see a small part
of it) 2 years ago!

It was a beautiful sunny morning and a bit cool, but we were dressed accordingly.  We were on a jet boat that averaged about 40 miles per hour with several viewing stops along the way!

A nice rainbow from the boats spray!

What a beautiful ride on the Colorado River through the gorge. Some of the amazing rock formations along our ride.  Don't you love the reflections in the water???

This is a very active outdoor area - rock climbing, hiking,
bike riding, 4 wheeler trails, and jeep trails!

Is this upside down????

Here are the 2 arches we saw - 

Portal Arch

Jug Handle Arch

From there we drove on scenic Highway 128 to have lunch at the Red Cliffs Lodge which has been voted the #1 Best Place to stay in Moab by Trip Adviser for 8 plus years.  It really is a gorgeous place.  They have 30 large cabins along the Colorado River, a lodge, several eateries, horse stables, a movie museum, etc. and it is in the middle of nowhere!  Our buffet lunch was delicious and we were able to sit outdoors. For $10.50 including dessert and drinks it was a good deal!

A very windy road that was along the Colorado River!

Beautiful and fragrant lavender!

What a view for lunch!

After lunch we went through the FREE Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage. The Lodge is built on the old George White Ranch, a key location for nine of the big Westerns including Rio Grande, Cheyenne Autumn, etc.  Over 120 movies have been filmed in the Moab-Monument Valley Area.  Some more recent ones include Thelma and Louise, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, City Slickers II, Forest Gump, Mission Impossible II, etc.  

Lots of memorabilia from those Western films.  The documentary
was also very interesting!

This is the "dummie" that was used in the
car scene going over the cliff  to portray Geena Davis!

Do you remember the old Chevy commercials
with the car on the top of Castle Rock!

We continued driving on Highway 128 to see Castle Rock where some very famous car commercials were filmed.  Several commercials were filmed with the cars and models helicoptered to the top of the formation.  At one of the filmings a strong wind came up and the model had to stay on the formation till morning! We really enjoyed this driving tour!

This is Castle Rock!  Wow, I can't imagine
being on the top of that formation!

I am always trying to "see things" in the rock formations!
Doesn't this look like NYC and the Empire State Building is
at the end on the far right!  Do you see it?????

Ernie decided he needed to put his feet in the Colorado River!
It was rather muddy and cold!

We were back to the CG by 5 and we took time to go through today's photos and work on the blog!

It was rather busy in downtown Moab on our way back
to the CG!
After showers and a lite dinner, we played two games of Skip-Bo at Ernie and Noela's RV and the men were victorious again.  I just don't get it!!!!!  I think it is "rigged"!