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Prologue: Yesterday's Arches NP tour ( mentioned hikes ranging from the easy to the more strenuous. Its diary would not be complete without a more descriptive account of at least two hikes in the park that will appeal to those who not only enjoy hiking, but also are willing to go up against a formidable challenge when Nature's thermostat cranks during the warmer months. Then again, most people visiting this stunning national park tend to arrive during this period. The best advice in such conditions is to hike early. There's another saying I often passed along to my charges when conducting tours in such places: Lose sleep, beat the heat! Ergo, hiking early to me entails leaving well before that great big fusion ball in the sky gets high and hot enough to burn one's eyeballs and tap precious bodily moisture to the extent the physical and mental states begin to corrupt.

And, heck yes, this graphic account is necessary to point out, because in desert terrain, and when the heat is high, some people just don't get the point of hiking smart. In this supplemental diary, I will pass along the wisdom of the ages and experience that comprehends potential peril. There is also a Norwegian adage that applies: There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. In other words, dressing for the climate, but also taking precautionary steps that gives the hiker an edge.

The two hikes I have prepared for this diary are the following:

and this winsome-looking locale. . .

(Continues after the fold.)

np sign

Of course, sometimes, and depending on the season and time of day, there might be a bit of a crowd hiking to some place or another. . .

Then again, sometimes there is so much solitude the mind can barely cope with the sensation (though of course, it does and will). . .

But always. . .always. . .the physical price of adventure generates serenity of the view and getting out there for those who love hiking is worth the effort and come what may. Right?

Easily, The Planet's Most Iconic Arch: The trail to the Delicate Arch destination leads to a remote sector of the park. Its well-traveled pathway departs from the Wolfe Ranch parking area. The first .5 mile is relatively easy and traverses over flat to gently inclined terrain, which marks the Morrison Formation overlying the Entrada Sandstone. The somewhat strenuous 3-mile roundtrip to this aptly named arch is perhaps the most photographed backdrop on the Colorado Plateau; certainly here in Arches NP. The caveat, however, is this particular icon is for hikers only. Although its iconic shape can be viewed from far away, it’s simply too far from any nearby road or walkway to do the camera lens any good in capturing the majesty of its formation as well as the engaging background of the La Sal Mountains. Note that there’s hardly any shade in this part of the park. Thus, it’s advisable to have plenty of water, a decent pair of hiking shoes, and of course a broad-brimmed hat. Some hikers even prefer carrying an umbrella for added shade.

The arresting thing about seeing this rare spectacle of nature is the suspense in getting there. It simply builds because Delicate Arch doesn’t come into view until the very end of the hike. (So the usual comments from many hikers is "Are we there yet?") Its freestanding sandstone sculpture clings precariously to the sloping edge of a large stone amphitheater. Like other arches in the park, this famed arch is constructed in the striking wind-blown layers of the Entrada Sandstone (Jurassic Period). Yet Delicate Arch stands alone: there are no flanking fins to protect it. This geologic fact also means it’s lifespan compared to other protected arches is relatively ephemeral.

And from a high-flying raven's POV this landmark tends to blend in with its sandstone terrain camouflage. . .

Situated high above Cache Valley––a collapsed salt anticline––and set against a picturesque background of the La Sal Mountains (meaning “the salt” in Spanish), the panorama here is nothing less than an outdoor shrine of sandstone beauty.

That towering mountain landmark beyond the unusually-shaped arch may appear like a mountain, but in actuality it’s a laccolith––formed by magma and domed like a mountain. In this vicinity of the park the strata of formations were broken and tilted by down-faulting along the margin of Cache Creek Valley. The valley is actually a graben (a depressed block of land bordered by parallel faults) that formed when the Cache Creek salt anticline collapsed millions of years ago.

What a splendid place to learn about geology (which is not a subtle way for me to introduce such stuff. . .but needs must). In this case, the aforementioned graben is the German word for "ditch" and can be singular or plural. A single or multiple graben can produce a rift valley. Grabens are produced from parallel (normal) faults, meaning compressional. Thus the hanging wall is downthrown and the footwall is the opposite, upthrown. Typically, the faults dip toward the center of the graben from both sides (hence, compressional). In short, the geologic result here reveals a huge block of land that’s literally downthrown which then produced a valley with a distinct scarp on each side. (A scarp is a steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.) Graben often occur side-by-side with horsts which typifies the raised fault block bounded by normal faults or graben. Horst and graben structures are important to take note of, because they can indicate tensional forces including crustal stretching. Think of horsts as parallel blocks that remain between grabens. The bounding faults of a horst typically dip away from the center line of the horst.

Continuing the trail description, it passes the historic Wolfe Ranch cabin (on the left), then crosses a bridge over Salt Wash. The pastel-colored green and purple shale visible in the slope on the right represents mud that accumulated in the floodplain next to the Morrison streams (an ancient channel of some 151-million years ago). Beyond the bridge, at about the .4 mile point, the trail connects to a switchback up through the sandstone and shale layers, then levels out before winding down again. The large, irregular boulders along the trail are blocks of chert (a micro-crystalline variety of quartz). These vivid rocks called agate are weathered out of conglomerate layers in the Morrison Formation. The trail soon begins a precipitous climb to a slickrock surface in the Entrada Sandstone. At first, the terrain looks awfully homogenous. Keep your eyes peeled for trail markers (called "cairns") which will help keep you on the right path.

For about the next .5 mile watch for rock cairns that mark the route. After the steep climb the trail eventually levels out where it crosses sand and sandstone pavement of the ancient Entrada sand dunes (obviously long since petrified). Along the way twisting trunks of piñon pine and juniper trees accent the sandstone garden in this sector. When the trail begins its traverse along a narrow rock ledge the arch is close. Ultimately, the trail ends at the top of the ridge. Seeing Delicate Arch defines one of those special Ooo-ahhhh moments. It’s that breathtaking! The arch, which some think looks like a pair of legs minus the torso and head, artistically frames the symmetrical peaks of the mountainous backdrop appearing like a towering black boil raised on the skin of landscape.

Of course, perspective is everything and this arch is indeed massively sized.

For some, who don't mind a long hike back to the trailhead in the dark, this celebrated landmark is even more stunning wit the backdrop of the cosmos (but you better bring along a flashlight with a backup):

And who knows, there might even be a full moon, whose ivory colored orb acts like a celestial lamp to help see where you're going. . .

The Awe Of An Arch: Delicate Arch is a marvel of erosion. It originally formed in a continuous sandstone fin. Gradually over time, the sandstone on either side fell away until only the arch remained. What keeps it standing, like a frozen monument? It’s the harder rock layer that caps the arch which is more resistant to erosion than the layers below. It’s also the hardness that keeps this arch from washing away, as in disintegrating this sublime spectacle. Of course, nothing lives forever––not even the rocks and most especially arches. Notice that the left leg of this majestic arch is thinner where it is weathering more rapidly than compared to the other side. As mentioned earlier, the leg will become thinner through time and ultimately Delicate Arch will catastrophically collapse in a heap of rubble, leaving only memories and pictures behind.

By the way, you do know camping in such places is 'for sure' illegal anywhere in the park, dude? Besides, can you imagine the surprise of having a chunk of sandstone suddenly break loose in the middle of the night and targeting the tent you're illegally sleeping in? Do tell!

Is An "" The Same As A "Window?" Often people assume this to be the case. HOWEVER, both exquisite designs of Nature are really not the same. Equally, natural bridges are not arches. Albeit both are geological formations involving sedimentary rocks, usually sandstone, arches are formed as a narrow ridge and walled by cliffs. What is more important is that they are formed by erosion, where a softer rock stratum beneath a cliff-forming stratum gradually erodes OUT to the point a freestanding arch forms. Arches commonly form where cliffs are prone to erosion. In this typically dry region, rivers and streams provide ideal and natural weathering processes to do the job. Elements of erosion simply work on inherent weaknesses in rocks and make them larger until their solid foundations are breached. Thus, and from a small opening to a gargantuan aperture, it is fortuitous these marvels of creation appear here in this landscape like no other. . .and so many in number that it boggles the mind.

When you head back to the trailhead, occasionally turnaround and check out the perspective. Even though you traveled this trail en route to the arch it just looks different in the rear view.

See what I mean?

The next recommended tour in the park is much easier and includes a nearby campground. Guess who gets to gawk and not have to walk very far to see the majesty of this usually simmering setting?

The Devil's Garden And Not The Garden Of The Devil: This interesting locale of Arches NP is also inside the park’s broad domain. This, the longest trail in the park, is a loop path that meanders to the Garden. It’s a wonderfully varied area of arches, fins, canyons and slickrock terrain beyond the far end of the road. The distance marks 6 miles along a direct route or 7.5 miles including various spur trails. For most people Landscape Arch is the chosen destination along this trail. Beyond this the route is rougher, though even more interesting. Here's part of what the backdrop looks like:

Following this pathway. . .

You head toward this wonderland of honed rock features:

And finally, into the reality of this strange and inviting setting:

Landscape Arch rises along a ravine between two vertical blocks of sandstone.

Further down a slope stand the impressive Pine Tree and Tunnel arches.

The main trail continues straight and level to the base of Landscape Arch which is .8 miles from the parking lot. Until recently visitors were allowed to walk under and around the arch. However, several rockfalls in recent years warrant keeping the area closed. It appears this magnificent arch will not survive much longer. Its huge 291-foot span is little more that 3.2 feet thick at its narrowest point and has several lengthy fractures.

Beyond Landscape Arch the terrain becomes steeper and more uneven. The trail also gains appreciable height as it enters a maze of narrow, sandy-floored ravines between sheer fins and ridges. The next three landmarks are Wall Arch which is formerly the twelfth largest in the park. However, on the night of August 4, 2008 this epic landmark collapsed beside the main path. Keep going, because Navajo and Partition arches are next. Both are reached by two short side tracks on the southwest side. From this junction, and just after an exposed walk along a narrow ridge (though not dangerous), the path reaches the unusually shaped Double O Arch where one large oval span lies above a second, smaller one. Another .4 m side pathleads to a rock pinnacle known as Dark Angel. It rises beyond where the rocks fade away. Here is also a compelling view over a vast area of desert and mountains to the northwest.

Note: Double O Arch marks the end of the path. The majority of hikers turn around here and go back the same way.

However, there’s an alternative return route along a primitive loop trail that heads northeast down Fin Canyon, then vectors south across a wilderness of slickrock and sandy washes for 3.5 miles.

Eventually, the path rejoins the main path close to Landscape Arch. This section of the trail has some steep sections and is not always easy to follow. Nevertheless, there’s some spellbinding scenery along the way and one more arch to see––Private Arch which is along a 0.2-mile side trail.

And so you are at the end of the trail. . .now what? There are many other hiking trails to consider, all of which depends on both the time you have to spend in the park and your physical and mental ability to embark on any of these destinations. Always remember what your mental appetite desires, in the way of hiking, your body also has to match. Know your limitations! It's as simple as that.

Here are some parting shots of this wanderland of sandstone sculpturing. . .

And so, DKos community, we come to the end of another trail and hiking adventure. There’ll be other hikes and places to tour, including more supplemental topics to add to your knowledge banks. I hope you'll join me on the next tour. Thanks, also, for your continuing support.

As always, your thoughtful commentaries are welcomed.


P. S. A complete list of all diaries submitted thus far can be found by clicking on my profile. And starting this Tuesday there will be a 3-part back-to-back series on archeoastronomy. . .truly an engaging topic, particularly its relevance to the Ancestral Puebloans.

Originally posted to richholtzin on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:33 AM PST.

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  •  Desert hiking (4+ / 0-)
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    UTvoter, RiveroftheWest, KenBee, ladybug53

    Wonderful and inspiring diary! Your warnings about water, clothing, etc., remind me when we hiked down into the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Fortunately, we were smart enough (after a few years of being pretty stupid) to take lots of water, wear a hat and hiking boots. As we descended, everyone around us was talking incessantly. As people were coming up, they were mysteriously quiet. Some were wearing flip flops and carrying a plastic soda bottle which evidently had contained all of the water they thought they would need for the hike. We felt pretty smug and were able to do the entire hike down and back up in 3-1/2 hours instead of the forewarned 7 hours it might take. Even hiking in Wyoming, we have figured out you might need good boots, food, water and proper clothing to make your hike enjoyable instead of miserable!

    •  Your commentary. . . (3+ / 0-)
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      wynative temps me to one day write a diary of some of the more, shall we say, 'outlandish' backpacking trips I led into the Grand Canyon, and some of the stupid stuff that nearly cost some folks their lives. You can 'learn 'em (as the bad grammar states), but that doesn't mean they'll practice such common sense. Anyway, I have to tell you in leading trips there for nearly 15 years, maybe 20, I think I've seen it all. I even saw a good-lookking Italian lady wearing half-sized high heels, tight back pants and equally a tight knitted black shirt or sweater type of garment, no hat, no canteen, and after stating "Bongiorno" (hence, the origin of her native language), she quipped "How far is it down there" (in broken English). She pointed to Plateau Point, 6 miles from the rim. I merely smiled and said "You'll probably die a long ways from that destination, m'am. Have a good hike!" I mean, if someone is that daft to begin with, what good would it do for me to reprimand such a person. (Fortunately, she didn't go much farther than the next switchback, for I saw her turn around and head for the rim.) Anyway, remind me to write a diary along such lines. I think the medical advice might help others in our community and therefore be productive, not just poking a bit of fun because lots of folks die in the canyon  and/or face perilous times. . .all of which could have been avoided.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:53:42 AM PST

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  •  Spectacular! (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the virtual tour.  

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:39:38 AM PST

    •  And thanks. . . (3+ / 0-)
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      luckylizard. . .does this also mean you may be taking one or both hikes. . .or another of the many hikes in Arches? It sure beats the virtual kind. Then again. . .depends on one's abilities, one time and money to spare, and of course time off from work (or retirement) to do it. Thanks for posting your comment.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:55:08 AM PST

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      •  Abilities are a big thing (2+ / 0-)
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        for me.  There was a time, only a few years ago, when I might have been able to do it, but not now.  I was a good walker/hiker until a couple of years ago, but I'm lucky to make two level blocks to the bus stop without collapsing now.  This beautiful diary took me there without the pain.  Thanks!

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:21:34 PM PST

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        •  understood. . . (3+ / 0-)
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          the aging process will slow us down. . .and my own knees, after some 8,000 miles (that's a conservative estimate) of backpacking throughout (mostly) the Colorado Plateau has pretty much forced me into hanging up my professional trail spurs (with the likes of the Grand Canyon Field Institute), and of course, my own outings. Still, I get out and about, mostly biking, and stave off the offer of the VA to rebuild my knees. Almost as good as new, in a way, but I don't push it anymore. Still, I get to share these outings, as diaries, with the DKos community, and I am lucky to have found all of you. I also love how you put it. . ."This beautiful diary took me there without the pain." Wow. . .that is so well put I think I will dream about the compliment tonight. Thank you. THANK YOU for the encouragement to continue with these virtual tour diaries.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:46:20 PM PST

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          •  Hey. I love travel diaries. (0+ / 0-)

            There are so many places I haven't been and will never see.  I feel like I at least get to see it through someone else's eyes.  Between your descriptions and the wonderful pics, I feel like I've almost been there.

            BTW, consider the new knees.  Many of my friends have had it done and they all kick themselves for putting it off.  :-)

            -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

            by luckylizard on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:56:19 AM PST

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  •  Adventures (4+ / 0-)

    Sorry to keep butting in, but your comment reminds me of the time we were in Jackson Hole staying at a bed and breakfast. We were in the lobby and a couple of gals came in from California and asked the question, "Is there anything worth seeing around here?" We were tempted to tell them there was not, but how can you ask that question when you are only a few miles from the Tetons?! Incredible.

    •  too, too funny. . . (2+ / 0-)
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      and I'd say, "Priceless." Were they, perhaps, comedians in the making, do you think? Thanks for sharing the story. I think a lot of folks in our community will get a kick out of it. I sure did.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:40:29 PM PST

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      •  actual quote from customer in antique store: (0+ / 0-)
        "Come over here dear, this has the patina of age on it!"

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:26:32 PM PST

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        •  now that's a keeper. . . (0+ / 0-)

          the saying you just dropped on me. I"m thinking it has to be true, because it is too outrageous not to believe it.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:16:32 PM PST

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      •  priceless (0+ / 0-)

        I just found your reply to my story abut the Tetons, and no, they were very serious. Judging from their clothing and vehicle, I was pretty sure the Tetons would not impress them as much as say Hearst Castle or some other grand building.

        •  you mean. . . (0+ / 0-)

          open-mouthed, stooped shoulder types who really don't know where they are. . .but they want to get out there. . .if only someone would remind them they already are! LOL.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:17:32 PM PST

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  •  I have stood under Delicate Arch. (2+ / 0-)
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    The arch is spectacular.  I am reliving some happy memories through your lovely diary, richholtzin!  

    I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

    by Joy of Fishes on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 02:00:16 PM PST

    •  wow. . . (3+ / 0-)
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      what I nice compliment to hear and read! Maybe that's the truer worth of these diaries that I'm posting, at least for so many folks in our community: a chance to get out of the present, the intrigue of today's time, and slip back into the memory eddies when life just felt so much better and we felt more in tune with its offerings. Gazing up at the arch from beneath it is also one of those "OM" kind of experiences. Thanks for posting your comment, Joy of Fishes.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:42:35 PM PST

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  •  Nice compilation of the best hikes. (2+ / 0-)
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    And if you are in arches, don't be afraid to venture outside the park...some great hikes abound in the area. And often much less foot traffic!

    "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

    by UTvoter on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:21:37 PM PST

    •  yep. . . (3+ / 0-)
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      there's a mess of great hiking in that area, and Fisher Towers is one of my favorites. (Have you been?) Headed toward the La Sals and that sector adjacent to Arches is also superb. That's sandstone heaven country all around and I am glad you posted this comment, UTvoter, because sometimes it just sounds more convincing if the hype comes from someone other than myself. You know, I'm a bit biased about the Plateau country in all ways.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:39:18 PM PST

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      •  San rafeal swell and escalante are my favorite (2+ / 0-)
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        Regions..been to fisher towers...pretty sweet!
        Thanks again for the diaries! This time of year I start craving desert and red rock and absolute silence....thinking of planning a lab camping trip to goblin valley this spring!

        "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

        by UTvoter on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:42:50 PM PST

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        •  your upcoming adventures. . . (3+ / 0-)
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          are all diaries I wanted to post in the near future, UTvoter. The San R Swell country is especially one of my favorites and that setting desperately needs President Obama's help in getting its turf designated a national monument, at least. Right now the cows run free, the fossil fuel energy folks lip their chops at the potential (such as what's happening in Nine Mile Canyon fairly close to this setting), and you know the rest of the story. Goblin Valley is also quite a nifty place and deserving of a diary, methinks. Thanks, as always, for posting your comments. Any one who has a graving for 'desert and red rock and absolute silence' is kin to me.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:42:20 PM PST

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          •  Brings back good memories! Thanks, Rich. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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          •  And burr trail...everyone should drive that (0+ / 0-)

            Went two years ago and found a ton of wildflowers!


            "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

            by UTvoter on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:47:47 PM PST

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            •  the photo. . . (0+ / 0-)

              and Burr Trail. . .that is one of the wildest scenic places in SE Utah you'll ever see. . .and one of my favorite Capitol Reef off-route trekking places. And who's that good-looking pooch walking near that DYC (damn yellow composite. . .because so many 'yeller flowers' look too much alike to some folks. . .)? I saw the larger photo on Flickr, UTvoter, and thanks for posting, for the pic, and of course the reminder of so many places in Utah to lose one's self (in that other sense), when hiking. I'm thinking you also have frequented Johnson Canyon and the Skutempah Terrace sector???

              Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

              by richholtzin on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:44:12 AM PST

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              •  that's lacey. the wild adventurer dog. (0+ / 0-)

                and here she is with her buddy Reilly...


                and lacey rolling in a snow pile we found on a hiking trail I think off the Posey Lake road, just west of Boulder mountain


                and NO! we have not been to either Johnson canyon or the Skutempah terrace!!! on the list now!

                "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

                by UTvoter on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:46:11 AM PST

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                •  what great dogs. . . (1+ / 0-)
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                  and 'd say Lacy weighs. . .what, maybe 75 pounds? I'm thinking the nature of your pooches matches yours! Kind, helpful, and maybe even the fun stuff (like do you ever roll in the snow, too)? Thanks for posting the pics, UTvoter. Let me know when you're headed to Johnson Canyon. There's a rather unique locale where some dudes went over the edge and crammed their truck between the tight wall. No, they didn't make it, but that Chevy, or is it Ford? is still there. Quite a site to see and here I thought choke stones were engaging to look at.

                  Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

                  by richholtzin on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:15:29 PM PST

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                  •  a little smaller. maybe about 65 lbs... (0+ / 0-)

                    i only roll in the snow when my oldest daughter takes me skiing off the comfortable groomed blues and through chunky powdery stuff that makes me fall... :)

                    "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

                    by UTvoter on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 04:49:49 PM PST

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  •  such wonder at it all, even with your explanations (0+ / 0-)

    it still is bigger than some timeless process.

    What would a thousand year time lapse photo look like at these arches.

    The animals, the variety of people, the weather, the views.

    thanks for all this, Rich, get why you are so passionate about it I think.

    and then there are equally amazing rock formations elsewhere, such as
    Starosta and Starostova images there, in Czeck Republic.

    And then you see in that mass of pictures this frakking bucket of stupid Heinz Zak doing his 'thing' on these ancient monuments.
      If I saw him there doing that I would surely do time in the greybar hotel.

    Google Earth will take you right there: Starosta and Starostova, is part of a larger stone fin and spiure complex, only in limestone I think.. The surrounding countryside is also ancient inhabited farm and village land, one can only guess as to the events those stone formations have seen. I hope they are still there...

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:36:45 PM PST

    •  Those places you recommended. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      very new to me, that's for sure, KenBee. Wow. There is so much amazing beauty on this planet and to think how some folks just want to alter the environment and change it all. How did you find out about Starosta and Starostova, by the way? Google Earth? Anyway, I think, now that you mention it, there is a video of a time elapse surrealistic time exposure taken at Arches. I have to go look for it, but if my memory isn't too dull and misleading I do remember seeing this fascinating time scenario. I think it came out on YouTube around the time the great Wall arch collapsed. If I can find it I will post it on a future diary. Thanks again for posting and for sending these links, including Zak doing 'his thing.'

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:36:16 AM PST

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        there is the Pananarmio (sp?) layer to check that allows little photo icons to pop up at GPS spots, so as you wander the Sahara Desert, as I was, therein the middle of 'nothing', heh, is a little photo icon, click it and you get the GPS linked photo someone has posted...clicking the users name gets all his/her GPS GErth photos and there was that photo along with all the other trips that one posted had posted.

        Each photo becomes the possibility for yet another almost random set of photos...China, Russia, South America, and Arches all might be from just one person's photo collection found that way.

        But you have to select the Pananarmio layer to see them in Google Earth.

        Look at Arches this way, it will be absolutely smothered in photos...leading to more photos.:>..all the best Rich.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:10:43 AM PST

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        •  now that's helpful... (1+ / 0-)
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          about the Google Earth stuff you just laid on me, KenBee. I have always been a dunderhead type trying to get the most out of this web support or whatever it's called. I'll see if I can 'learn' from you and make a better go of it this time around. Most kind of you to mention this to me, by the way. Indeed.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:12:48 PM PST

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