Roadtrip Day 14: Arches National Park, Utah (Day 2)
"Hiked an eight mile 'strenuous' trail to several arches - Landscape, Double-O, Dark Angel, Navajo, Pine, Hidden, and Private Arches. Tourists loomed like mosquitoes on a stagnant pond - cameras clicking every shot as fast as possible. To avoid people, we took the 'primitive' trail back to the trailhead. Cairns marked the way across slick rock and sand. It was a hot, 97 degrees Fahrenheit day! Lizards scampered in the heat - dragging like we were, slowly avoiding hikers."
Melissa writes, "We needed food, so we ventured into Moab to find a market... ice cream was earned; we splurged for Kroger special - $1/quart! We walked around downtown Moab and ate at Moab Brewery. My pesto chicken wrap was amazing and brewed root beer had authentic R.B. flavor! Trevor decided to buy a t-shirt. After finding one, he asked the lady if he could try it on. She looks at him, scrubby from two weeks of camping, and asks 'Is that shirt clean?' Not holding back, knowing we haven't showered in days, I start laughing. Trevor also gets a hat (shirt/hat special). He asks if he can try on a hat, and the lady again asks, 'Is your hair clean?' Now his shirt might have been clean, but his hair isn't! 'No' I said, again laughing."
Needless to say, Melissa does not have my back when it comes to defending my cleanliness after two weeks of camping. I did end up buying the ones I tried on, but the lady was glad we left...
Sci found a new friend!
Heading back to our campsite, some weather rolled in and resulted in a brilliant orange glow on the mountains.
Sci was enjoying it as well.
Before we ended the evening, I convinced Melissa to join me for some night photography amongst the arches! It was a very dark night, which proved difficult.