11-3-08 Driving South on I-5 in the rain

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Leaves in rain.

Leaves in rain.

November 3, 2008 — We got up this rainy, cool morning, had breakfast, packed the car and drove south down I-5.  

 

It pretty much rained the whole day — sometimes heavier than others.  Thus, we really didn’t really see what we should have seen. Still, Oregon is a very pretty state, even in the rain.  And, most of what we saw on I-5 in Oregon, we had just seen days before when we drove up to the Portland area. 

We did see more accidents than normal today — one accident happened in the time that we left I-5 to get a cup of coffee and some stuff for lunch for later in the day.  We came back to I-5 and there were firemen lighting torches to guide people away from the accident.  This was a bit unsettling to the propane tank driver in front of us — he was hugging the edge of the highway, keeping away from the flames. Carl decided to hang back a bit from him.  The car that had the accident was very badly damaged, but the driver seemed o.k.

Later, a blue Prius looked to have rolled several times. That was disconcerting.  As I say, it was very rainy.

Oh, one funny thing.  As I mentioned, we picked up lunch earlier but saved it to eat later in the day.  When we crossed into California, we realized there was a chance that our lunch might be confiscated by the California Border Control Fruit Fly inspector.  So we pulled over to turnout just miles from the inspection station, and ate everything in our cooler — fruit flys and all. (just kidding)

It always amazes us when we cross a border and the state looks different. Oregon is all green.  California is gold. And you can see this when you drive down I-5. I wish it was a better day for photographs.

We are going to have to do this trip again. We really could not see much of  Mount Shasta –just the base, still, that was impressive. We were a bit over 4,000 feet up when we were passing Mt. Shasta (a 14,000ft  volcanic mountain) — the rain hinted at being snow for a fleeting second.  

We couldn’t see much of Shasta Lake either, but we could see how beautiful it would be on a nice day. Actually it looked a bit low, so it was good it was raining.

We are staying in Corning, California tonight and will get up and keep going south on I-5 tomorrow.  We want to get back to Arizona.

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The Arches in Moab, Utah

Posted: under Arches National Park, September 2008, Utah.
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The Arches

September 27, 2008 –We started the day with a muffin and Cappuccino the Arches Book Company. Very civilized and a great change from the hotel breakfast. I’m always most at home in a book store.

We then headed up to explore the Arches. It starts with a long winding road.

Can you see the road that weaves up the side of the Canyon?

Can you see the road that weaves up the side of the Canyon?

 

 

GPS showing the road weaving up the canyon

GPS showing the road weaving up the canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guide book suggested that with a “willing driver” a person could walk the mile from the first scenic spot to the third one and meet the driver.  Carl matched the description, perfectly, so I took the walk.  The trail is marked by “cairns,” rocks piled pyramid style.  Many were knocked over, but no fear, even though I was alone, the footprints in the sand told me that many, many had walked before me.

Judi's walk along trail

Judi's Morning Walk - note cairn (small pile of rocks) which marks the trail.

When I came out to the parking lot, I could see the Prius, but no Carl, but  I kept hearing a birdlike whistle. The sun was so bright, that initially I did not see Carl sitting in the shade! 

Carl sitting in shade waiting for Judi

Carl sitting in shade waiting for Judi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each of the stops along the road offer fabulous views… but surprisingly few arches.  As it turns out, you have to go for (long) walks (maybe “hike” is a better word) to see the majority of the arches.  

Here is a picture of a balancing rock.  Note the “weather” in the background.  Miles away we could see that it was raining but it never reached us.

Balancing Rock

Balancing Rock

The following double arch is visible from the road but we took the short walk to see it up close, as well.  Of course, the climb is a little more vertical than it looks from the road.

Carl looking up a the double arch.

Carl looking up a the double arch.

 

Closer view of one of the Double Arches

Closer view of one of the Double Arches with person

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl climbing towards Double Arch

Carl climbing towards Double Arch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To get the most out of the colors, it is recommended to see the Fiery Fins in the late afternoon sun.  Well, our timing is a bit off, but they still look impressive to me. By the way, a Fin is similar to a hoodoo, only it is longer from the sideview – but when you look at the edge you might think it a hoodoo.

Fiery Fins around 1 in the afternoon.

Fiery Fins around 1 in the afternoon.

 

When we reached the end of the road, we have the chance to see three more arches.  We started to hike in for the nearest one, but realized about half way there that we did not have enough water. Now that we have a better idea about this place, if we should come back, we will be better prepared. Regardless, what we did see still made for a good day.

 

More fins during last walk in the Arches.

More fins during last walk in the Arches.

 

 

 

More Scenery with weather in the background

More Scenery with weather in the background

 

As we leaving the Arches and driving back to Moab, I was caught by the vast number of colors in one scene:

 

Overlooking all the colors in the valley.

Overlooking all the colors in the valley. Click on photo to enlarge it to really appreciate it.

Comments (1) Sep 27 2008