Afterward we took a different route home and were treated to some beautiful views on rt. 128 near the Fisher Towers. I'm sure it made his jaw feel much better.
|this is one of my all time favorite roads|
Yesterday we had a much more pleasant drive. We took Willow Springs Road, off rt. 191 north of Moab, and followed it into the little used west entrance to Arches National Park. Access to this entrance requires a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle. It's a great way to experience the Park's back country without the crowds. You know how I feel about crowds.
The road alternated between being a sandy track and a rough path over slick rock,
with more spring flowers beginning to show their sweet faces.
|Dave thought these smelled like his beloved Alyssum|
Along the way we came across a path lined with dinosaur
The creatures who made these footprints were walking along the tidal flats of an inland sea here over 165 million years ago. It's always hard for me to wrap my head around these statistics. And then I find myself walking along beside the rock solid proof. It just blows me away.
A few miles after we entered the National Park's property we turned onto a very rocky and rough track that would lead us to the Eye of the Whale Arch.
|can Rocky make it up that ledge?|
After about 2 miles we came to a small parking area (empty) with a distant view of the arch we were looking for.
|see the arch on the top left?|
The hike didn't look very far so off we went. The trail turned out to be relatively short but it was up and down little washes, something that my knee balks at so after some time I told Dave to go on ahead and I'd wait for him.
Curiosity overruled pain so I poked around slowly, found an easier way along the slick rock and met a surprised Dave at the base of the arch. It was beautiful!
|although it doesn't look like it, slick rock is much easier to walk on than rocky ground.|
We enjoyed the arch exploration and then returned to Willow Springs Road the way we came, passing no one. Eventually we intersected the the paved road that runs through the National Park and we took that back home. So many people enjoying the Park and we virtually saw no one until we hit pavement. What a great day!