Monday, June 27, 2011

Arches National Park

This past weekend, Brad and I went on a camping trip with our friends Stephen and Chase. Stephen is moving to California in a few weeks, so this trip was kind of our last hurrah! We decided to go to Arches National Park, and we had a great time! It was pretty hot on our seven-mile trek, but it was definitely worth it in the end. Enjoy the photo evidence!

The boys excited about our Dutch Oven dinner! Man, this dinner was delicious! Potatos, bacon, pepperoni, cheese, onion, green pepper, carrots, and all types of seasoning! Unfortunately, it ended up taking about THREE HOURS to cook so we didn't eat until about 10 pm. Yay for camping!

These next few photos are of the view from our campsite along the Colorado River. Look at all that red rock!

The first stop on our seven-mile hike: Tunnel Arch.
Pine Tree Arch, plus Brad standing on the Pine Tree Ledge

Brad's new career: Red Rock Pizza; based off of this photo, we will create an award-winning pizza restaurant where we will bake pizza in red rock ovens. Everyone who visits Arches will see this and be reminded of our restaurant. Winning.

Landscape Arch: If you look on the right side of this picture, you can see a big pile of rocks underneath the arch. This was a large piece of the arch that fell off in 1991. People were actually there when the piece fell off, and someone even got a picture of it! It was pretty cool.
We enjoyed a lot of incredible views! Ignore my grossness: it's hard to stay cute when it's 100+ degrees outside!
This next pic is one of all of us in front of Partition Arch. This arch has this large piece...

Then this smaller piece you can sit/stand in! It was pretty cool looking, but a little scary to balance!

Next up, Navajo Arch. This one was kind of hidden, but Brad and I found a few fun play spots on the way there!

And now for the final three (because quite frankly, this post is too long): Double O Arch, Black Arch, and Delicate Arch (the famous one on the license plates)

Double O was kinda cool because it is two arches on top of each other. Black Arch was just a small one off in the distance. The hike to Delicate Arch was a completely different one from the seven-mile hike we went on to see the other arches. Plus, it was pretty steep, three miles, and really, really HOT by about noon. So we decided to just see it from the Delicate Arch lookout point. It is still pretty nifty!

So in a rather large nutshell, that was our weekend. Oh, but we can't forget what we saw along the way.


Chase said...

Great blog Meej! Very detailed account of the trek

Rosemary said...

Wow! Fun. . . . How did you deal with the heat? Did it cool off at night? Were you the only girl? :)