The Delicate Arch

I really wanted to hike to the Delicate Arch, and get some funny shots underneath it, but thanks to getting sick I was unable to hike (it is considered a true hike, not a stroll) the 3-ish hours it would have taken to get to the arch and back.

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So we decided to take the “short” trail to see the arch from a distance.

Not only was I sick… I am seriously out of shape, but I blamed it on the altitude 😉 I am from Texas after all we can do that.

It started off pretty easy, just walk on a nice trail in the cool breeze,

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Then we came to these stairs

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and then to this hill that I swear to you was straight up.

you can see me struggling to get up this hill
you can see me struggling to get up this hill

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After I stopped breathing hard, and my heart rate went back down to non heart attack levels, I took in the view…

and, let’s just say, the view was worth all that… and I really wish I could have hiked the actual hike and oddly enough I didn’t feel so sick…

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Here are a few of the pictures…

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Have you ever hiked the actual Delicate Arch Hike?

If you ever make it to Arches National Park, it is a must do, and I will be back to do it!

Arches National Park

True Story the other evening we were coming home from the airport,we had just picked up my mother, the topic of our road trip came up when my dad tells me that the other morning he was watching TV and they had a special on Arches National Park.

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“Do you know we missed a lot on our visit, there are cave paintings we didn’t even see? You are a horrible tour guide.”

My dad was joking of course, but that is just my dad, disappointed when he misses something cool like cave drawings.

So the lesson of this post? If you ever go to Arches National Park, you will need longer than the 5 hours we spent there. maybe even days, especially if you plan on hiking.

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We already were delayed due to my sickness the day before, and we needed to get to Colorado by the morning to be on schedule to get back to pick our dog up, so we couldn’t spend nearly as long as we wanted to at this amazing park and I do mean Amazing.

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In additional to the time restraints, I was still recovering from being sick, so we couldn’t hike the park like we wanted to, so we just drove from site to site and took pictures.

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Anyway, here are a few of the pictures of the park

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If you ever want to go to the park plan a few days, and the park is located in Moab Utah, I plan on going back someday to do a lot of hiking.

All my pictures can be found on my facebook page

XOXO

The Park I missed…

When we decided to go to Utah, there were 2 things, that topped my list, Zion National Park & Arches National Park.

So after we left the Grand Canyon and drove into Utah, I couldn’t hide my excitement, not only was I in a new state, I was going to two national parks I had read about.

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Tomorrow I would get to hike to the Emerald Green Swimming pool, look at the beautiful cliffs, canyons etc.

Tomorrow.

But a few hours later, I couldn’t help but notice I felt off, I didn’t feel like me. I was cold, clammy & queasy.

Very queasy, and then I got sick really sick.

I climbed into bed, and the next morning I woke up and I couldn’t even lift my head, but we had to get on the road.

Do you know what it is like to go on a road trip when you feel sick?

Horrible absolutely horrible.

So I crawled into the back of the car and slept, I slept while my family had breakfast as the cutest little restaurant while I slept in the parking lot in the back of the car. I can only imagine what people thought that walked by.

And the worst part?

I slept through the majority of the beautiful Zion National Park.

As a result I pretty much missed all of this…

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FYI Photos were taken by mother, not me as I was just trying to not get sick in the back seat of the car so therefore no cheesy photos of me in this post 🙁

You can see a few of the photos at my Facebook page

 

 

My Crazy Family & The Canyon Wildlife

A while back I read a great article in Frommer’s I believe about a Park Ranger based in the Grand Canyon talk about how rationale people become well idiots when it comes to visiting the Grand Canyon.

Going on all day hikes with one bottle of water…

Staying out overnight without supplies & having to be rescued…

Stopping in the middle of the road to take a picture of a deer…

When I read that, I remember thinking… what kinda of lunatic does that???

Then I went to the Grand Canyon, and realized I am related to the lunatics, the Park Ranger was referring to (and yes I took a few pictures myself so I suppose I am a lunatic too)

Yep.  Guilty.

I am guilty of stopping in the middle of the road to take a picture of a very common animal in East Texas, one that I have seen probably 1000s of times.

Why you ask?  Because this deer was at the Grand Canyon.

Let me just say, not stopping for the deer was not an option.  I am pretty much 100% positive I heard choice words from my brother about not stopping to get a picture at one point.

Not to mention they would just walk out in front of you, like they owned the place.

Anyway,  if you are ever at the Grand Canyon, expect the crazy to come out when wildlife comes out… because I guess most people have never seen a deer at the Grand Canyon. . .   or a chipmunk or a bird…

You get the idea.

 

 

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Just escape the cubicle already

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