09/27/17 Wednesday traveling from Grand Junction, CO to Moab, UT
Since our trip to Moab only took about 2 hours, we used our pre check in time to see Arches NP. It was a cloudy, rainy day, so not the best lighting to work with. John did a super job, though. Because I’m experiencing a “trigger” thumb, where it won’t bend without pain, I’ve asked him to be our photographer to give my thumb a break. Right after the Visitor’s Center, the rock formations that greet you are just amazing. By the way, this place reminds me of Banff in the many international visitors. This park gets 1 million visitors a year in total.
The arches are formed when softer rock at the bottom of a formation is loosened by rain (with carbonic acid) and water freezing/thawing. As time goes by more of that area falls away creating a hole and eventually an arch. They say they have a lifespan, death happening when the final rocks fall at the top, leaving such a space that there is no arch.
On to grocery shopping and our motel in Moab. Note: Moab is a small town crowded with tourists from all over the world. We made our reservations 5 months ahead but that was on the late side. I think a year may be better. Very expensive place. La Hacienda (Mexican restaurant) was quite reasonably priced with good food and service, at the north side of town. Great area for hikers, bikers (bicycles and motorcycles), ATV’s and Jeeps.