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Arches National Park---Part 1. The Hiking

I just returned home from a wonderful weekend with overzen hiking around Arches National Park n Utah. It has always been one of my favorite places. I first went there in 1982 with my aunt. I fell in love with the desert on that trip. It also introduced me to the author Edward Abbey whose "Desert Solitaire" a chronicles his adventures in the area while a park ranger at Arches, became and still is my favorite book. I visited the park again in 1988 with my sister and cousin, and I had not been back since. Passing the park 4 times on trips to and from Salt Lake City filled me with desire to see it once again. Realizing that it was only 6.5 hours from ABQ, I set up a trip with zen to spend the long holiday weekend seeing the park again.

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

Partition Arch

Skyline Arch

Devil's Garden

Fall Colors in Courthouse Wash
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