June 9, 2019
The morning of June 9th dawned with windy conditions and much cooler temps. Our plan was to hike Tower Arch, but those plans quickly changed the moment we stepped outside. The skies were bright blue and clear so we decided an auto hike would be more comfortable.
Since we were headed to Arches NP anyway, we decided to do a drive through on our way to Salt Valley.
|Balanced Rock doesn't look so impressive int he photo, but it stands 128 feet tall.|
We made a quick stop at the Windows Section, also known as the Spectacles, but didn't linger. The chilly wind and poor morning lighting was a deterrent. I'm thinking for the best pictures a sunset visit would be better.
|First attempt to photo the Spectacles...now it is a challenge !|
Salt Valley is a gorgeous section of Arches. Tower Arch is a secluded arch in the northwest corner of the valley near the park border. There is little traffic on the gravel/dirt road that meanders the valley...it is well maintained and as long as it is dry, most vehicles will not have any trouble.
|The road is gravel...|
|...which changes to soft red dirt...|
|...then hard packed dirt after you exit the park.|
The wildflowers are definitely fading away. The Mule's Ears are one of my favorite!
|Pronghorns are the only animals in the world that have branched horns.|
|Just look at those eyelashes...|
After leaving the park we took a side road we hoped would take us over Klondike Bluffs. It turned out to be a dead-end.
The end of the road...about 1.4 miles in.
And back down...
All in all, it turned into a pretty good adventure for a Sunday morning. And the best part, we still have the Tower Arch hike to look forward to.
On the home front, we haven't had very many colorful sunrises or sunsets lately, but I did get a photo the other night of an orange sunset...
|Looking west towards Moab Rim...behind our MH|
|Looking east towards the LaSal Mountains...in front four MH|
Gopher Flats has been quite colorful this spring. The Penstemons and Austrian Copper Roses have been replaced with Heather, Lavender, lots of Butterfly bushes, Smoke bushes and gorgeous trees.
HAPPY TRAILS !