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A long daaaay Tuesday

Tuesday the 16 th seemed to start on the 15th, as Monday is always a long day for me, Jean, with working at church, then the Tri-C Orchestra, then Cleveland Women's Orchestra. When I returned home at 11 pm we were all packed and the house was ALMOST ready to receive our friends staying overnight Sunday, but how could I go to sleep and wake up at 2:15 am Tuesday. So I didn't.

The 2 flights (Chicago Midway) were uneventful as successful flights should be. We arrived in Salt Lake City around 1. What a big lake. And lots of flat area with many houses stretching for miles out from SLC. We noticed the "smog" settled in the valley between huge mountains - was later told it was inversion and recent smoke blowing that way.

We found a Chick-Fil-A (plus every other chain we are familiar with) at one of the many many malls/shopping centers heading south. Most things look less than 10 years old. By the way, the roads out of SLC were 6 lanes wide in some areas, as if the planners planned ahead, unlike in old Ohio.

The weather forecast for tomorrow not being real good, we decided to enter the Arches National Park the minute we passed the entrance, north of Moab and our AirBnB. There was hardly a cloud in the sky and the lighting was amazing. The visitor's center had closed so we had no map, but near the entrance there were amazing things to see. Basically the geology explanation is that the area was an ocean, and that there thousands of feet of salt deposits down below. As later sediment was added, and the ground thrust up (there is the Moab rift of 2500 feet where the west side of Rt 191 is much higher than the east side), the weight of all the layers pressed down on what is evidently not a solid foundation, and as the salt liquified etc, the faults occurred, erosion, etc to create these amazing formations. Everything was very red in the late afternoon sun.
And another fyi,, the roads and pull offs in this park were in pristine condition - paid for by entrance fees? not by us, as we are proud life-members now that we are "of a certain age." Anyone who collects license plates would be having a field day - people driving in from as far away as NJ, MI, IN, TX. And so many languages we heard!

Then we found out AirBnB - a bedroom w/ sep bathroom in a home that was build in the 60s and lived in by the hostess when she was a teen. I really appreciated the fact that it has a bathtub for aching bits!!!!

I won't name the formations in these photos except for "balanced rock," and you can tell which they are. Included views of the La Sal mountains which got snow last week. By the way, it was low 60s and very comfortable in the sun, chilly in the shade, which was very dark!

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Posted by DavidJean1971 07:20 Archived in USA Tagged hiking utah

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