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Utah Trip 2009

Day 3 of 10

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Sunday, April 12th
Delicate Arch hike

It rained a little overnight, but it was dry by the morning. It also warmed up very quickly. Today was Easter Sunday, so the first thing I did when I got out of the tent was hide some plastic eggs for the kids to find. They had fun doing a little easter egg hunt.

After breakfast we made the 15 minute drive to the trailhead for the Delicate Arch hike.

After the hike, we went off in search of post-hike ice cream. The Arches visitor center, back near the park entrance, doesn't have any food. So our only option was to head outside of the park, down the road about 3 miles to Moab. There are plenty of choices in Moab, and we stopped by a grocery store for some ice cream and a few more supplies.

The Garmin Edge 305 I use to track hiking routes decided to lock up on me. Luckily I was able to use my Sidekick to find out how to reset it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have routes for the rest of the hikes on this trip.

We drove back into the park, then stopped at the La Sal Mountain overlook. This snow-covered range reaches as high as 12,726 feet and is a stark contrast to the desert landscape of Arches.

View from La Sal Mountain overlook

View from La Sal Mountain overlook

After a relatively early dinner, I took the opportunity to take pictures of the fading light just before sunset. The light was perfect for pictures, around 7:15 - 7:40. The rocks seemed to glow with energy. The spires and fins at the south end of the campground were perfect subjects, and the La Sal Mountains rose up in the distance. I even took the opportunity to use my new 500mm lens, although composing with it is a bit of a challenge. I would find some good uses for it later on the trip, however.

Tree shadow on rock at campground

La Sal Mountains from Devils Garden campground

Rock formations at Devils Garden campground

Rock formations at Devils Garden campground

Rock formations at Devils Garden campground

La Sal Mountains from Devils Garden campground

Rock formations at Devils Garden campground

After a campfire and s'mores, we settled down for the night. Tonight was clear, so before I got into the tent, I looked up and saw so many stars. It's amazing how much difference there is comparing the night-time sky of the Bay Area versus a place like Arches, where the skies are clear and there's almost no light pollution. I may have to bring a star chart next time.


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