May 27, 2014
Joe and I have made the hike to Delicate Arch 4 times and each time we have the same reaction..."WOW!". It is breath taking to turn the final corner on the last leg of the hike and see this natural wonder. Delicate Arch, towering 80 feet over hikers, is the most widely recognized landmark in Arches NP.
Delicate Arch was not always Delicate Arch. Because of its distinctive shape it was known as "The Chaps" by local cowboys back in the day. Also, this arch was not even part of the original designated area known as a National Monument established in 1929. It was not added until 1938 when the boundaries were enlarged. Pictures don't capture the "WOW!". It needs to be experienced in person to be really appreciated.
Our recent hike to Delicate Arch was even more special because Pam and Vic ( Travelin' in the Big EZ) and Catherine and Guy (friends from Belgium) were experiencing this awesome wonder for the first time.
Near the trailhead is the historic Wolfe Ranch. The original cabin was destroyed in a flood; the current one was built in 1906.
When you pass the Homestead, a footbridge crosses over the Salt Wash.
|Guy, Catherine and Joe|
|Pam leads the way!|
Then its a steep climb up a mountain of slickrock...the most difficult section of the trail for me. Lots of stops for pictures ( ummm to catch my breath!). The views from here are stunning!
|From the slickrock, you can see the parking lot down below...|
|and a stop was necessary to photograph the Windows Section on the distant skyline. Do you see the arch?|
|Vic is pausing to take it all in!|
It is like being on the moon or another planet when you reach the top...
And then there is the "WOW!"...
|Yep, we are patiently waiting our turn...|
Its a lot to take in...the arch and miles and miles of beautiful scenery.
|Pam and Vic|
Pam and Vic were the first to venture out to the arch...these pictures show how huge this arch is.
|Joe stayed behind to take pictures so I ventured out with Guy and Catherine.|
It was an absolutely beautiful day...well, maybe alittle warm. We were all smiles though as we drove home. Sure makes one feel fully alive to spend days like this with friends and nature!
Our week ended much too soon.
Wednesday, Guy and Catherine headed south to Flagstaff. No "goodbyes" said, but rather "until next time". The rest of our morning was full of conversation and laughter with Pam and Vic...
Once again...there were no "goodbyes" on Thursday morning as Pam and Vic had to leave early for a long travel day to Vegas. Hugs, smiles...
until next time, take care and
enjoy the journey!
P.S. Pam left a jar of almond butter with us. We had ourselves a "day-aaang" good AB&J sandwich for lunch!