After leaving Alan to enjoy his new kitchen we headed north and east to Moab, Utah for a few days of recovery.  We love visiting National Parks and wanted to cross Arches and Canyonlands off our list.

Landscape Arch

We got an early start on our visit to Arches since it promised to be very hot.  It was already over 90 degrees at 9am!  Thankfully our longest hike of the day was partly in the shade.

Hiking Park Avenue
We hiked Park Avenue, a long canyon with tall rock spires that resemble buildings

Arches National Park
Rock skyscrapers

Arches National Park

Resting rock
Wedged rock

Rock swirls
Rock Swirls

I made it to Landscape Arch
I made it to Landscape Arch. It got too hot for Skip.

Landscape Arch
Landscape Arch

Ancient rock walls
Millions of years of formation make beautiful colors

Devils Garden
This spot is called Fiery Furnace

Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch is the most recognizable but this is as close as we got. It was over 100 degrees in the sun and we had no enthusiasm for walking that far.

Arches National Park
Red scenery

The park was crowded with mostly foreign tourists and families with surly teenagers glued to their phones. The foreigners are not at all friendly. Most have that pinched, pained look that I saw in France. I practiced saying bon jour to people and got a few responses and strange looks!

Resting in the shade
Skip takes a break in the shade

Turret Arch
Turret Arch

North window
North Window

Under North Window
Underside of North Window

Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock

106 degrees!
106 degrees back in Moab!

Our first night in Moab we found an amazing restaurant with the best sushi I can remember eating. Sabaku Sushi was so good we ate there the 2nd night too!

We spent today in Canyonlands and, thankfully, it was much cooler.  Tomorrow we’re off to Denver where I’ll post more photos.  The wifi here is painfully slow!