We arrived in the park in the late afternoon on Saturday. We toured the Windows section with the beautiful Turret Arch and North and South Windows. We headed off to the Delicate Arch viewpoint to try to catch the sunset, but we were about 15 minutes too late. Instead we huddled together on a ridgetop and let the twilight slowly envelope us. It was then a quick trip back to Moab for dinner.
On Sunday I fulfilled a desire that had burned within me for months. I fursuited Delicate Arch. For more details, see the fursuit post to follow. Let this pic whet your appetite.
After returning to the car, we headed off to Devil's Garden where we hiked a 5+ mile loop to see Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in the world. Also included was Tunnel Arch, Navajo Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Partition Arch and Double O arch. I had seen all of these on previous trips. We returned via the primitive trail which was a fun hike. There I saw Private Arch which was a new one for me. We were both pretty exhausted by the time we returned to the vehicle. We headed back to the motel, cleaned up, and chowed down on all-you-can-eat pizza.
On Sunday we decided to finish up the last few major arches we missed on the previous day. We hit Sand Dune, Broken, and Skyline Arches. I then put my 4-wheel drive skills into play and we drove out to the Eye of the Whale which is off the main highway. We then returned to Moab, had lunch at Denny's (where the tradition of shitty service lives on even if you're not wearing a tail) and said our goodbyes. It was a terrific trip.
Here are a few more pics:
Sand Dune Arch
Fall Colors in Courthouse Wash