100 Days of National Parks: Day 42 – Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

Sometimes the places you visit are so clearly ephemeral and short-lived that being there takes on added meaning. Walking along the Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park and seeing the long, narrow span of Landscape Arch, the longest freestanding natural arch in the world, is just such an experience.

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Landscape Arch

 

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Sometimes the places you visit are so clearly ephemeral and short-lived that being there takes on added meaning.  Walking along the Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park and seeing the long, narrow span of Landscape Arch, the longest freestanding natural arch in the world, is just such an experience.

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100 Days of National Parks: Day 35 – Across the Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park

Across the Waterpocket Fold

When I passed through Capitol Reef for the first time in Spring of 2014, I knew very little about the park, and was wildly unprepared for what I would find. I arrived early in the morning and found an amazing camp site amongst the flowering apple trees of the Fruita District, and set out on what I thought was going to be an easy walk. I had spent the previous two weeks doing some particularly strenuous hiking, including a 24 mile hike through Canyonlands two days earlier, and wasn’t really in the mood for anything too taxing.

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Across the Waterpocket Fold

 

Across the Waterpocket Fold
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When I passed through Capitol Reef for the first time in Spring of 2014, I knew very little about the park, and was wildly unprepared for what I would find.  I arrived early in the morning and found an amazing camp site amongst the flowering apple trees of the Fruita District, and set out on what I thought was going to be an easy walk.  I had spent the previous two weeks doing some particularly strenuous hiking, including a 24 mile hike through Canyonlands two days earlier, and wasn’t really in the mood for anything too taxing.

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