Our third day in Arches started with a phenomenal sunrise, and honestly, nothing could top that. However, it set the tone for that entire day. After a couple days of dreary clouds, we finally had sunshine again; it was a gorgeous day in the park.
A friend told us we could easily hit Arches National Park in a single day. We ended up dedicating the better part of three to the one park – and I don’t regret a moment of it.
After an unsuccessful attempt at sunrise at North Window, we went exploring, as we are wont to do. It began with actually taking in the arch that I had hoped would come aglow once the sun rose. North Window has a natural slope that brings visitors right to the threshold of the opening. South Window is more elevated, and you’d need some more serious climbing to stand within it (though I wouldn’t put it past Dad if he really wanted to). Together, they make “The Spectacles,” and I can totally see the face.
Finally! I’m getting back to the posts on our amazing desert road trip! Sorry for the hiatus.
When we were in Mesa Verde, my dad got into a conversation with one of the employees (as he is wont to do), discussing our upcoming plans. When she expressed her love and familiarity with Moab, Dad asked the one question most important to him: know of any good hikes?
I had seen pictures of Mesa Verde from my parents’ trip several years ago, so I couldn’t quite understand the name; clay structures built into the cliff walls looked anything but green. However, when we finally arrived, I saw the land was decorated with lush trees and stubby desert shrubs.
Being a photographer, of course I had certain plans on my agenda when we went to Mesa Verde (and really throughout our trip). Wherever I go, I think about sunrise and sunset opportunities. Every location is different, and I love the beautiful golden hours. I try for sunrises and sunsets as early in my trip as possible so I have other chances if the first fall through, but sometimes, even that isn’t enough.