Friday, April 28, 2017: I am exhausted. I am also in awe of Arches National Park.
Today, we spent almost the entire day driving around Arches, stopping to hike and snap photos of the breathtaking views in the park. [Insert breath of relief that our government didn’t shut down this week. Also insert PROTECT OUR NATIONAL PARKS comment.] Seriously, let’s please protect our amazing national parks.
Our goal for the day was to see the Delicate Arch. My new goal in life is to get in shape. I can at least say that the hike was labeled “difficult” and at my skill level, it definitely lived up to its label. But once we made it over several steep hills and a giant, steep rock formation, I can honestly admit that the climb was worth it.
What made the day even more interesting were the strong downbursts and the graupel. Nathan educated me on what these occasional harsh winds (particularly at Delicate Arch) and the “squishy” sleet-like snow that fell from the sky that we experienced. It was pretty incredible to see what looked like snow falling onto the red sands of Utah.
Arches, thank you for being wonderful.