but don't expect much of the bridges themselves.
There are more videos of Arches ahead on June 10.
You can check out my accommodations in the three minute video below.
Last night here at the hotel they showed old John Wayne movies on a big outdoor screen. The movies were filmed here in Monument Valley. I set the alarm for 5:00am so I could watch the sun rise from my balcony.
Then I went back to bed. When I finally did get up I had a 250 mile drive ahead of me. I made some stops along the way. My first stop was at Goosenecks State Park.
My next stop was going to be Natural Bridges National Monument. We had to cross this butte on the way. The map didn't show that the highway ended and you had to cross the butte on a narrow, gravel road at a 10% grade with 180 degree hairpins turns.
Barbara, I thought of you while I was climbing the butte. Looks like your ideal vacation spot to me.
It was great fun and the views were great. An unexpected surprise. Much more enjoyable than the place I was traveling to. Natural Bridges National Monument didn't turn out to be much. The views of the bridges from the overlooks were poor. From the elevated overlooks you could hardly tell they were bridges. There were trails down to the bridges for better looks, but they were steep and long and not something I wanted to do in 100 degree heat.
Can you tell that's a natural bridge up there. The park has the largest concentration of natural bridges in the world. I then drove on up to Moab next. I got here at 2:30 and took a break until about 6:00 to beat the heat of the day. Then I went over to Arches National Park. I waited a little too long as the sun was too low in the sky for a lot of the views. But I did get a few nice shots as the sun was setting. Below is Park Avenue.
It was a pretty drive. The temps drop quickly when the sun starts to set so it was very comfortable.
Below is Balanced Rock.
I hiked up to the Delicate Arch viewpoint. I wouldn't have wanted to do that during the heat of the day.
Going to be here in Moab for a few days so I will go back to Arches again before I leave. That's it for today.
Will write again soon,
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