August 23, 2013
We first did The Delicate Arch hike on May 23. That day was a very, very windy day...walking out to the arch was not meant to be.
When we left, I hoped to have another chance one day.
When we decided to return to Moab, the Delicate Arch hike was at the top of the list. Tuesday, 8/20/13 was the day!
It's a great 3 mile hike up slickrock, through a sandy area and then a ledge. Just as you turn the corner which Joe is about to do in the picture above, the arch comes into view...WOW!
This picture shows the walk out to the arch...a slope of slickrock and a drop-off. I got about half way...and don't know what happened. I just couldn't go any further. I did sit for awhile hoping the uneasy feeling of lack of confidence would pass, but it didn't so I turned back.
Fast forward a few days to Thursday evening. We met Gary and Judy (full time RVers for 5 years!)...our new next door neighbors for a week. This is their first trip to Moab. They are avid hikers and at the top of their list was the Delicate Arch hike. "I can do this!" I said to myself. Joe and I don't usually do the same hike in the same week, but I really wanted to achieve a small personal goal.
The walk up the slickrock sure gets the heart to pumping. But our time passed quickly...its always fun visiting with and getting to know fellow RVers. There are always lots of stories to share.
|Gary, Judy, and Joe|
In the picture below, I wasn't just taking photographs...I was inching my way to the arch.
Joe joined me about half way...to take my picture at the arch.
I DID IT!
What a great "WOW!" moment. The third time's the charm.
We continued on...next stop was a 1 mile hike to the North and South Windows and the Turret Arch.
My best shot of the Windows.
The view looking through the North Window. Quite impressive!
Turret Arch is just a short distance away.
I think I have seen it all...we not only took a double look, we took several looks. I don't think you can tell from the picture, but we did see fish net stockings!
Then this...what the heck do you do with hulla hoops on a hike?
Maybe they are together? Is it a circus act at the Turret Arch? I wish we could have waited to see...
Last stop...a walk around Balanced Rock.
It was sunny when we parked...not so sunny when we left.
Way cool rock creations all around the area of Balanced Rock...
We had an awesome day!
Gary and Judy are fun and we hope to have another hike with them before they leave... and a Jeep ride!
Before heading home, we stopped at the Moab Brewery for a burger and fish tacos...well, Joe had the burger and the rest of us had the tacos. YUMMY!
Until next time...