Arches National Park – Moab, UT

North and South Windows
No need to open these windows.

After our escapades at Hanging Lake, we continued on towards Arches National Park, in Utah. The 6 hour drive was uneventful, and upon arriving in Moab, UT, we took care of vital business – finding dinner. When we were last there, the diner was closed for renovations. Fortunately, this time they were open, and we ate there for dinner on Saturday. On Sunday, we attempted to go to Denny’s for breakfast, but quickly left when we overheard that they had 4, yes, only 4, waitresses working, and had parties of 30 and 15… and people had been waiting so long they were asking when they could get a table. So we went to the Pancake Haus, where neither of us ordered pancakes (although Louisa’s omelet came with a side of pancakes).

Back to the main event, though – the park. After dinner on Saturday, we decided to check out Tower Arch. It is reached by an 8 mile long, undeveloped road. Translation – the road has a lovely “washboard” effect going on for most of the drive. Nevertheless, the Aztec made the drive, and got very dusty in the process, and we set off on the hike.

The view of the sunset was great, and the little lizard we met along the trail allowed us to take multiple photographs. We took the four-wheel-drive road on the way back, since it was dark and, although we had headlamps, we didn’t want to be climbing up sandstone in the dark.

The next day was pretty warm, so we took it easy, and hiked into Double Arch and took the primitive loop in the Windows section. Then we took a new back road to I-70, and proceeded to drive back to Denver.

And if you’re ever driving down I-70, and pull into a Sonic for lunch, and notice a large white pickup truck next to you with two people in it, consider eating elsewhere, since they will probably be screaming at each other over what to listen to on the radio. Just a word of warning to you all.

Check out our photos from the trip.