|North Window, Arches National Park. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Judy at the center. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|Debi checks out the exhibits while the real thing waits outside. Photo by Judy Wells.|
It's an arch if over land, a bridge if over a body of water.
We also picked up a new catch-phrase, Don't bust the crust. You see it on signs all over the park because that crusty, blackish stuff you see on the ground is known as "biological soil crust." A mixture of bacteria, mosses, lichens, fungii and algae, it is essential to other plants and in preventing erosion. It is so fragile that one step can wipe out years of growth, a very important reason to stay on the marked trails and paths.
Reluctantly, knowing how many clutter our cabinets at home, we buy water bottles; there are is no food or beverage service in the park and it is already getting hot.
|Arches' Park Avenue. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Wanting to know more than brief info signs can relay, we buy and download Gypsy
Guide's audio tour of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. It is a good buy although using it as a directional guide is frustrating as signals fade in and out.
|Fins, the formations that can produce arches. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Petrified dunes. Photo by Judy Wells.|
|Balanced Rock makes a good landmark. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|Double Arch is a visitor favorite. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Looking up. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|North and South Windows. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Turret. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Wolfe Ranch. Photo by Judy Wells.|
|Salt Creek. Photo by Judy Wells.|
|Ute Petroglyphs. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|Delicate Arch. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|La Sal Mountains, Photo by Judy Wells.|
The road to Devil's Garden, also on our list, is closed for construction. With a combination of disappointment and relief, we head back to Moab to spend the steamy afternoon like the animals here do, resting in a cool place.
After showers and respite, we walk through Moab and treat ourselves to a superb meal of lasagna and wine at a popular Italian restaurant. The food was a lot easier to digest than the amazing sights we have witnessed of what Nature can produced and the National Park Service is working to preserve.