Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Arches and Canyons

After a few days playing in the Provo area we headed to Moab, Utah with David and family, to visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.  I have been wanting to go there for several years now but never had the chance.  It was well worth the wait. 

Our first stop was a Prehistoric Museum in the Price, Utah.  Evan had a close call, but luckily survived.

Leah, Spencer, Andrew and Evan enjoyed all the fossils and artifacts at this museum.

Arches National Park did not disappoint me.  It was amazing.  So many wonders to see.  Like this rock.  How did it get there??  How does it balance??

It was fun touring the park with David and his family.  This rock is actually called "Balanced Rock". 

Evan enjoyed the Park as well. 

This group of rocks is called "The Gossipers".  Can't you just hear them talking??

This reminded me of Half Dome in Yosemite. 

 The next day we headed out to Island in the Sky part of Canyonlands National Park. 

Pictures just do not do this place justice.  It was so beautiful. 

You see could for miles and miles. 

We stayed in a cabin along the Colorado River.  It was running fast and high. 

I love how early in the morning the rocks reflect in the water. 

We also took time to visit Dead Horse Point State Park.  It had more amazing views.

And the Colorado River was really close.  The story goes that there was wild horses who were left on this point. They could not figure out the way to get down and they died for lack of water, with the water right below them.  So sad.

This bumble bee was having a grand old time.

We also saw amazing Native American rock paintings.  This is a bear with a small hunter in the front and rear. 

This painting shows people with weapons and different animals

 Every afternoon we had thunder storms.  I loved it, it kept the air from getting unbearably hot!!  Evan hated it!  The last night that David and family camped a huge monsoon passed by, just at dinner time.  They were camping in a tent near our cabin.  We rushed in to eat our dinner inside.  The dinner by the way was one of Sariah's creations.  Pork chops with sweet potatoes in a foil dinner.  Yummy!! 

The very best part of the storms are the rainbows that follow. 

One evening, Mike, Evan and I took a cruise down the Colorado.

It was just at sunset time and so peaceful and beautiful!!

On our way home we stopped at a city along the Green River for lunch.  This was our view from the restaurant.  The river here was flowing high too.

The Museum across from the restaurant had this huge watermelon float.  

These are just some silly boys I know...

and their adorable sister.   

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