6 July 2012 – Utah

We woke up around 7:15, ate breakfast and got ready to leave.  We drove to the Devils Garden Area in Arches National Park.  We took hiked the trail out to Dark Angel, taking side trails along the way to see various arches.  The different arches were Tunnel, Pine Tree, Landscape, Partition, Navajo, and Double O.  There was also another arch that I can’t remember the name of; it wasn’t listed on the map we have.  Dark Angel wasn’t an arch, but the piece of rock was very tall.  We decided to hike back along the main trail instead of the primitive. In total, the hike was 5 miles round trip.

After the hike, we went to a picnic area in Devils Garden to have a late lunch around 3.  We ate peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and an apple.  Even though it wasn’t a regular lunch time, every table was quickly taken. Luckly a family was packing up their table when we got there.

We decided to take a break from hiking, so we went to the visitor center since we hadn’t been there yet.  Dad needed to check in for the ranger led hike of fiery furnace that we’ll be doing monday.  While we were at it we looked around in the bookstore/ gift shop.  There were lots of books with pretty pictures and information.  They also played a video at the visitors center that was an introduction to arches and canyon land national parks.  I thought it gave some useful information, though there were a few things I didn’t understand completely.  The exhibits around the visitors center looked interesting, but sometimes I walked away with more questions than I had before I looked.  Sometimes it didn’t explain things well enough.

Dad called the mountain biking company and booked a time for thursday.  We drove back to Moab and went to the canyoneering place. We got a time for that wensday.  To get something quick to eat we went to Cabo, a fish taco place in Moab.  There were not many people there at all, but the food was ok.  I got a fish taco, and Dad got one with a small serving of rice and beans.

We went back to Arches to hike Park Avenue and got there around 7:30.  I thought there would be good lighting for pictures on the east wall, but the sun behind the west wall was casting shadows on it that were only going to get worse as the sun set.  We ended up going to Balanced Rock to see the sunlight on it, and do Park Avenue some other day.

We went back to Moab and stopped at a gas station and grocery store to get supplies. We went back to the hotel for the night.


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