The Arches in Moab, 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

Mountain Meadows Monument

Posted: under Mountain Meadow, September 2008, Utah.
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September 24, 2008 — We are still in Cedar City, Utah today.  This Comfort Inn is so new and nice it is hard to leave. That and we have a good price. We are finally resting up after all the excitement for the past 4 plus weeks.  

 

Mountain Meadows Grave Marker

Mountain Meadows Grave Marker

 

 

So today we just went on a small site seeing trip to see a bit of history.  We drove about an hour southeast of here to see the Mountain Meadows Monument.  This is actually both a monument up on the hill and a grave marker located where the bodies were found after the massacre that occurred over 150 years ago on September 11, 1857.  Though it is not absolutely known what happened, it is pretty much agreed that a group of militia Mormons massacred a group of 120 men, women and children who were emigrating by wagon train from Arkansas & Missouri to California.  The militia first disquised themselves as Indians and the emigrants defended themselves for 5 days.  Then, dressed in civilian clothes, the militia offered a truce on behalf of the “Indians” in which the emigrants willingly laid down their weapons. The militia then slaughtered nearly every single one of them, except for about 5 kids. It is suspected that it happened in retribution to the way the Mormons were treated in Arkansas.  It is unclear if any real Indians were involved, though the Indians say no.  All in all it is a tragic story.  

 

Mountain Meadows Monument on hill

Mountain Meadows Monument on hill

When we saw the monument with all the names of the victims and few survivors, it was disheartening to see how many of the massacred were actually young children.  At the grave site, there was a hand written note and a rose from one of the descendants of the militia with an apology.  I’m sure that this is a lot for a descendent to live with.

 

Here are some links to sites on this subject:

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Famous Trials

Mormonwiki on the subject

I first learned about this massacre through fiction while reading REDEYE by Clyde Edgerton.

 

 

Memorial Marker with "Sorry" note from Militia descendant

Memorial Marker with SORRY note

Comments (2) Sep 24 2008