Arches, Canyonlands, and Tar

After spending a couple of awe-inspiring months in the deserts of CA, AZ and NM, we had three weeks of geographical respite in Golden, CO.  It’s not that we don’t like desert — every new mile seems to draw another “ooh!” from us — but it just isn’t our natural habitat.  At any rate, we moved back west again from “The Gateway to the Rockies” to Moab, UT, where we got to check out the absolutely hyperbolic peaks (Arches) and valleys (Canyonlands) that millions of years of geographic changes can cause.  It’s one of those places that’s a little too massive to really grasp in full.

A stroll along "Park Avenue" — shadowed by a city of rocks

How do these things stay standing?!

Dennis — see him way in there?

"Balanced Rock". Don't want to be there when it loses its balance.

Under one of Arches' many arches

A window downward in Canyonland's "Island in the Sky" district

This rock was only 2' high, but was a scale model example of the erosion happening big-time.

Wrong lens cover, but I kind of like the effect!

Enjoying the view

Our stay at “Riverside Oasis” was… noisy. No fault to the RV park, but there was major road construction happening on the highway this park sits on.  The kind that doesn’t stop until like 11:00 at night.  To make matters worse, the park, and the highway sits under a massive concave wall of red rock, which not only amplifies the noise  but warps it into a low-pitched pulsing vibration that makes you feel like the aliens are about to land.  Too bad, because it would have been a really pleasant stay otherwise.

Tomorrow we’re off to Escalante, UT, in the middle of desert-nowhere but close to lots of sightsee-y stuff.  We’ll be staying at “Shooting Star Drive-In” — an Airstream park where the owner has refurbed a bunch of vintage Airstreams and done each one up in the theme of an old-time celebrity — John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Billy the Kid, etc.  For those of us who have our own Airstream, there are places for us to park and hook up as well. Not only that, but he’s set up a drive-in movie theatre, replete with restored vintage convertibles for your movie watching pleasure. To top it off, we’ll be arriving the night of the solar eclipse, and there’s going to be an eclipse party, viewing glasses provided.  What?  I have work to do on Monday? Please.


5 Responses to Arches, Canyonlands, and Tar

  1. Michele Overacker
    May 21, 2012 at 1:01 am :

    This looks like such a fun place!

    • Jeannie Butcher
      May 23, 2012 at 5:40 am :

      Dear Kerri and Dennis, we are really enjoying your adventure. We will miss seeing you this 4th, but think you are doing what your heart wanted. Keep writing, love Bill and Jeannie

      • Kerri
        May 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm :

        We’ll miss you guys, too. We always enjoyed the Fourth with you!

  2. Steve MacKenzie
    March 30, 2013 at 11:18 am :

    We also made the Highway 12 loop last summer, stopping at Kaibab, Kodachrome, Escalante, and Dead Horse Point at Canyonlands. We had such fun, and despite spending 2 weeks out there, there’s so much more to see we are heading that direction again this summer. Great blog!

    Steve and Cindy

    • Kerri
      March 31, 2013 at 8:43 am :

      Have fun — I know; there’s endless stuff to explore in that area and beyond! It’s definitely worth returning to. (Especially for us, since we hardly did any exploring at all because of the heat. We’ll time it better next time!).

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