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Monday, April 5, 2010

A few Days in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

In Arches National Park

I am lucky that my family have the same love for the wilderness and the desert I have. A few weeks ago one of my kids brought home a brochure
about Arches National Park from his school and asked if we could go there someday. Spring break was coming up, we decided that Moab, Arches' (and Canyonlands') closest little town would be our destination. Although it is a 12 hours drive from San Diego, it did not seem too long. The road becomes very interesting just after Las Vegas, so there are seven hours of driving in beautiful landscapes.

I went to Moab with my sister years ago, we made together two amazing camping trips through the Southwest. So I was thrilled to be there again. The town did not change that much, more inns and motels, but it is still small.

In the Devil's garden

We took the time to watch the changing light, the rocks and the plants. To hike until sunset. To look for wildlife. One morning, on the White Rim, in Canyonlands, we saw four Bighorn sheep.

Titanic forces of nature are at work. The erosion, which gives those fabulous shapes, is ongoing, changing the very structure of the mesas and the different geological formations. Some arches fell lately. Tons of rock falling in a few seconds, after being there million of years.

Breathtaking landscapes where the Colorado River and the Green River meet in Island in the Sky.
Mind blowing scales. Empowering views. Exhilarating feelings.

If it works for my kids like it worked for me (experiencing the beauty of amazing landscapes with my parents at a young age), I know that something good will stay forever within them.

Courthouse Wash

Canyonlands National Park - Island in the Sky,
from the White Rim, view on the Colorado River

In Canyonlands - Island in the Sky

Dead Horse Point

The Green River


Lori said...

Wow, I've got to stop there one of these day! Thanks for sharing.

Gonzalo said...

I'm jealous.

Eric Meyer said...

Salut Michele !
Tes photos sont fabuleuses et les paysages absolument magnifiques ! Tu as de la "chance" de vivre à côté de ces merveilles. Bises. Eric