Friday, September 5, 2008

Arches National Park

JR and I just got back from a trip to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Mesa Verde National Park. This was JR's first trip to the area and I haven't been in almost 40 years. The place is so beautiful that I'm not even sure where to start.

Let's start at the beginning.

First lesson learned, "Bring a bigger tent!" JR and I borrowed a tent from the youngest homeboy. We should have known better. He (the homeboy) bought the tent to take backpacking. That makes it a sausage casing with poles.

Imagine JR's twists and contortions trying to get his 6 foot 2 inch body into this miniature shelter. Envision clowns and a little car! Think full body girdle. It would have been funny for me (OK, it was funny) except that I was the recipient of pointy elbows to the gut and knee jabs. I feared for the seams and zippers on the tent. Let's just say it wasn't a pretty sight. Cozy but not pretty.

What was pretty was the scenery.

Around every curve there were beautiful views. See the Tiki face in the rocks. This was a favorite game of ours. Find faces, shapes, and animals in the rocks.

A short walk revealed spectacular scenery.

This was a wonderful find. It's called Navajo Arch.

Delicate Arch is pretty even from a distance.

JR and I had a great time at Arches National Park.

Don't we look outdoorsy?

Our hats were cinched so tight for fear they would blow away. There was no retrieving them if they had blown off.

With our hats and my braids you can hardly tell that there were no shower facilities at the National Park camp ground. Good thing that computers don't come with smell-a-vision.
Second lesson learned, "Three days of roughing it is our limit!"

Stay tuned for photos from Canyonlands National Park, Western Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park and wildlife sightings.


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