My first campsite was in a Park Service campground right along the Colorado River. Imagine cliffs towering on both sides of the camp, and the river flowing by. I couldn't actually see the river from the site I was camped in, but I could hear it. The birds were out in full force, singing every evening and morning.
A little way down the road from the campground was a pulloff from which I could see where the Colorado River flowed between sets of cliffs. Trying to imagine how that formed just boggled my mind.
|Three Gossips and Courthouse Rock|
Balanced Rock was one of them.
|One of several blooming cactus -- another was yellow, but I loved this pink one.|
Being old (well, not that old, but not a spring chicken either) and definitely out of shape, strenuous hikes are just not within my abilities, but shorter easy ones are. I decided that my hike for the day would be to Landscape Arch --- described as an easy hike in the guide book. Easy, I guess, if you are younger and in better shape. I don't think it was easy, but I did it! I think the hardest part was the last 75 yards or so through the soft dirt -- it was like walking on a sandy beach, and not the firm sand near the water!! But the effort was so well worth while, the views all along the trail, and of course at the end, were just breathtaking. Just to prove that I actually did make it here's the photo that another kind hiker took.
But I think the thing that most impressed me was the fabulous views of so many different kinds of rock formations.
Reminds me of an old song -- On a clear day, you can see forever.... You sure could from Moab!
Now on to Seattle to see kids and grandkids for a weekend, then the rest of the adventure begins!