So what do you do after you run a road race…. Well, if you are B and I , you decide to go and explore Arches national Park. I dont know how B ever managed to run 13.1 and the hike for a few hours, but he never complained, so….
Off we went. I will admit that we mostly drove about, and I could not walk on the slip rock out to the delicate arch because indeed slip rock is named slip rock for a reason. I got a third of the way and entered into a terrible panic mode…B was kind enough to return with me. He kindly said he didnt thin the world famour delicate arch was worth it, but I disagree however, there was no way I could continue up that high with no rails.
But we did get to see lots of cool stuff. In Arches National park there are over 2000arches that are catalouged. Apparently there must be a 3 foot opening to have it be an "official" arch.
Thus balance rock is not an official arch, but none the less, it is an interesting formation to view.
We barely scratched the surface of the park:
This is called the Turret Arch, and while I am not exactly sure why the leaning over part does look a bit like a turret that was melted.
Here is perhaps, a better shot of that arch.
To the direct left of the turret arch was one of the more massive arches, which we were able to climb all over.
And once you got tothe arch there was a really spectacular view through the opening…
Many of the formations look as if they were molded out of some sort of clay, or sand.
The arches National Park actually lays on an underground Salt bed. Over time debris was deposited on top of the salt bed, cementing itself into rock, since the debris was heavier than the salt, and salt under pressure is apparently unstable, this caused the pushing up of the varying spires and stone that would eventually become arches. A short animated version of this can be seen here
Arches NP is a great place to visit, and go hiking, biking, camping, and even in some places rock climbing.
My only disappointment was that they advertised these elephant looking rocks and neither I nor B were creative enough to figure out which ones they were!