I knew to expect some mind-blowing rock formations at Utah’s National Parks, but Arches National Park left me speechless.
Okay, that’s a bit of a lie. Hardly anything can keep me from jabber jawing, especially if my mind easily attaches words to whatever I’m experiencing, but I found myself silent while trekking through Arches–except for the occasional “Hey! Doesn’t that look like a . . . ”
The experience triggered a childhood memory of me laying on my back in the cool grass on a summer’s day, gazing at drifting clouds, and calling out the names of objects they resembled. Arches was like that, except I was finally able to walk amongst the clouds.
Most notable objects my simple mind ‘saw’:
Magic Mountain of Disney World fame . . .
A tulip flower about to open . . .
T-REX . . .
A mound of chocolate Dairy Queen ice-cream (guess I was hungry) . . .
The homestead of my favorite childhood cartoon family, the Flintstones . . .
And my absolute favorite discovery–as I walked along the length of this particular formation, I marveled as South America gradually came into view . . .
Of course, Arches National Park offers a lot of arches, but as you’ll see, it offers a whole lot more. The hikes and views are spectacular. Oh, if only there were words . . .
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To see our original trip route map, click on the first post of this mini-series:
Teardrop Trailer Summer Road Trip: 9 NW States, 8 Nat’l Parks
Or any of our stops so far on the way . . .
Day 1, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Travel Log: Willits, CA, KOA Campground
Early Day 2, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Toilet Bowls, Vintage New Yorkers, and the Eclectic
Later Day 2, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Drive-Thru Redwoods, Giants, and Castles
Day 3, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Gigantic Marshmallows of Oregon
Day 4, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Captivating Washington Coastline
Day 5, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Olympiad Deer, Bald Eagles, and Chica Birds
Early Day 6, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Port Townsend, WA, See It All and Sea Otters Too!
Later Day 6, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Day 7, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Goodbye Olympic Peninsula; Hello Seattle!
Day 8, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Hay, Washington! Spuds! Spokane!
Day 9, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: It’s a Dog’s Life for Me
Midway on 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Just Stop; You’re Missing It!
3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Wild, Wicked Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Bison vs. Humans: You Can’t Fix Stupid
3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Wildlife IN YOUR FACE in Grand Teton National Park
3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Journey to the Center of Utah
Got Gas? Utah Offers an Old-Time Fix
Absolutely stunning. Regarding your “Flintstones” reference, my very first heartthrob was Fred & Wilma’s neighbor Betty.
Ha ha ha! I don’t know whether to find that entertaining or disturbing!
Please keep in mind, I was about eight-years-old at the time. Incredible nature/impressive photos!
🙂 Thanks, Ken! Utah’s National Parks can definitely make a person feel like a kid again.