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February 17, 2009

Moab Trip 2009 — Feb 17 (Day 2)

Filed under: Moab Trip 2009,Photography — Mike U @ 11:18 pm

Today I hiked and photographed in Arches Nat’l Park.   I hiked the Devils Garden section on the far north end of the park, since I didn’t visit this portion of the park last year.  Total hiking distance was around 5 miles, give or take a few tenths of a mile, during the afternoon, visiting Landscape Arch, Wall Arch (which is broken!  It collapsed during the night of 4-5 August 2008), Navajo Arch, Partition Arch, and Double O Arch.  Since it was getting rather late in the afternoon, I retraced my trail route upon reaching Double O Arch.  This was my first somewhat strenuous hike (when accounting for a 30-pound pack of photography crap among other stuff) that traversed some decent elevation climbs/drops atop some narrow slickrock at times.  I’m sure I’ll be feeling this first hike in the morning, as I’ve worked some muscles I haven’t used since probably the last time I did some serious hiking.  It was a beautiful day, although the wind was up a bit.  In fact, the windiest experience was while at Navajo Arch.  Narrow sections in this location allowed winds to tunnel in gusts close to 50 mph at times!  It was just in this small location, though.  Some random virga showers were dotting the horizon over higher elevations in the distance which provided some additional "interest" in many of the photos.  At sunset, some of these virga showers turned a very nice pink color during the "golden hour", which I photographed from around the Courthouse Towers area on the drive back out of Arches.  I made it back to my motel room around 6:30pm MST, took a quick shower, and enjoyed some beer and pizza at Zax on Main St.  Photos below!  The deer shot below was right at Landscape Arch on my return to the Devils Garden trailhead.









1 Comment »

  1. Such pretty landscapes…and I love the deer shot! I need to go out there sometime. I remember reading about the Wall Arch falling and it made me sad I hadn’t seen it yet.

    Comment by Stacie Hanes — February 25, 2009 @ 10:22 am

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