Arches II: A walk with the Devil

On our third day in Moab we return to Arches National Park for a walk through Devil’s Garden. We stopped by the Landscape arch viewing area then took the path less traveled through the garden. The Primitive Loop was an excellent hike, not very challenging but it was rough and long enough that we had the trail to ourselves for most of the hike. Add to that a few rock scrambles and amazing views and it was a wonderful day.

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Back at Arches to look at more rocks

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A local!

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You can see why they call them Mule Dear

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First arch of the day

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The Landscape arch

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The landscape

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The landscape in landscape

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Jonny, you are so small

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The steep rocks to on the right actually is the trail

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Snack break

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Our own Private arch

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The best lunch spot so far

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The Dark Angle… errr… Angel

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Whoah, double arches

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Under the arch

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The Dark Angel through the eye of an arch

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Going off the trail a little, but the view is worth it

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The bruvs

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Walking the ridgeline

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Looking back at Devil’s Garden

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Looking out over the park from the Partition Arch

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Long shadows make the park more gorgeous

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Wait, let me take a selfie

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The Landscape Arch in landscape

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End of day light on red rocks

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The Balanced rock

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The valley in shadow

Arches is an excellent place for some star gazing, as ther is little light pollution. Unfortunately for us it was also a full moon. We only had a few hours of darkness before the moon came up to ruin any good views. Between the moon and the clouds I did get a small window to practice taking some starscapes.

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This image contains an airplane and a shooting star!

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Amazing

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Arches

On the second day of the journy we headed from Moab into Arches National Park. We tried to get there early for spots on a ranger guided hike through the Fiery Furnace only to find out that all the spots had been book over a week ago. Without that there were still many landmarks and hikes to entertain us in the park. Including the state symbol of Utah the Delicate Arch.

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Up early for some hiking

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Driving in Arches National Park

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The Balanced Rock surrounded by many others

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Native American petroglyphs

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Even the trail markers are arches

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Me under the Delicate Arch

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Up on the rocks

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Looking out over the park

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Some cheerleaders unperturbed by the ledge

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Trees here look dead but are very much alive

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Wild Turkeys

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In the desert a pile of rocks is majestic

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And a muddy stream is serene

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The Delicate Arch from the other side

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The fiery furnace

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We couldn’t go in without a ranger

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Jonny on this phone

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Justin taking pictures

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The desert is a lot more colorful than one would expect

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Fiery Furnace from farther away

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That group of rocks is the Garden of Eden

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Posing in the Garden of Eden, watch out for snakes

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The park road cutting through the desert

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More arches!

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Justin framed by the window arch

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The sun setting through the arch

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Underneath a few tons of rock

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This arch has an extra hole

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This arches are everywhere!

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Arches from afar

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Time to turn around

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I think we need to go to the right

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A little cactus forest

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The trails were all amazingly sandy

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Two arches for the price of one

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Double arches

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Climbing up inside the arch

Justin hanging out under the Double arch