Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vacation Day 4 – Zion to Arches (Moab)

Today was one of our big travel days, essentially going from one side of Utah to the other.  Although it was a long drive, it was beautiful scenery the entire way.  We did also have a chance to do something you can almost never do in Southern California; use the cruise control.  It really is more relaxing, but only when the freeway isn’t packed with cars.

We started out the day with a short hike to Emerald Pool just for one last look at the park, and then packed up for the drive and headed out.  We listened to an audio book for part of the time and bounced ideas around for Lieza’s term paper.  (She finished this evening and emailed it in, so she can forget about class for the rest of the vacation.)  We arrived in Moab in the late afternoon, got settled at our hotel and then went for a quick look at Arches National Park about five miles down the road.

Kamar was the first to point it out, but it really is true, several of the rock formations look like the ones in the Roadrunner cartoons.  This definitely looks like the inspiration for them.  Maybe tomorrow when we are hiking we can get an autograph from either the roadrunner or Wiley Coyote.

We Only had time for a short sampling of the park, but we were able to enjoy the late afternoon sun on the rocks and a pretty nice sunset.  I will include a couple of pictures with this post, but will have to put off putting together a picasa picture gallery until tomorrow morning.  It is getting pretty late, and we are getting up early to go hiking.  I think our niece picked out another ‘strenuous level’ hike for us.  Luckily the hotel we are stay at has a hot tub.  We may be in it tomorrow night!

Balanced Rock - Arches

View from Fiery Furnace - Arches

Sunset at Fiery Furnace - arches


  1. Beauuuuuuuuutiful .... meep meep.

  2. It is amazing that traveling from park to park all of these red rocks can look so different and so pretty.