Of Arches and Goblins

Arches National Park in Utah, just to the north of Moab, is a spectacular landscape of stone outcroppings, desert plants, pinyon and gnarled juniper trees and myriad hues of red, brown, orange, green and yellow. And, of course, arches of rock carved out by wind and water over millions of years. In all, some 2,000 arches exist in the park today; over time some of those will collapse while new ones will form. Credit nature’s relentless handiwork. West of Arches just off Route 24 is Goblin Valley State Park. While perhaps not as awe-inspiring as Arches, it is magnificent in its own right nonetheless. And far less crowded. I went on a 2.5-mile hike yesterday that ended in a wonderful panoramic view of most of the park and didn’t encounter another person on the trail. Beautiful. If you’re in the area and have the time, the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River provides fascinating detail about the area and the man who charted much of this unexplored land in the 1870s.

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  1. Currently reading ‘Desert Solitaire’ by your recommendation. I’m sure you are loving it. Still enjoying all your posts. Thanks for the great pics and the referral to the book.


    1. Hey Dan: Yes, I’m reading for the second time; about two-thirds of the way through. The balanced rock photo is not far from where Abbey ‘s trailer was. And thanks for keeping the Sox on track in my absence!

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  2. So nice to meet you, read about your travels through your thoughts and perspective. I hope to meet again. Denise


    1. Denise: A pleasure meeting you as well. Stopped for some cookies and milk along the way and just pulled into my campsite. Best of luck to you and your friend; I’m sure that these are not easy tines. And, yes, would be good to meet again.

      Take good care,


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