Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Great American Road Trip - Day 12

We were feeling a little bit slow this morning, after such a full day yesterday.  We were also staying in a lovely hotel in Bluff, and didn't want to rush out the door.  So we changed the plans for the day, allowing us to leave a bit later, and decided to take a short drive to a very touristy stop: The four corners monument.  This is the location where the borders of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico intersect.  We posed for some pictures, and did a little shopping in the Navajo booths before heading back out.

On our way to Moab, UT we crossed the boarder briefly into Colorado before heading back into Utah.

The drive was beautiful as we continued heading North.  We always had to be watching the road carfully as animals like cows and horses have free range here.

While entering the town of Moab we found this great little stop: Hole n' the Rock.  It started out as a small zoo when it first opened, and now this land has a trading post, general store, quirkey garden, zoo...and this...

...it's almost impossible to tell from the outside, but this is a house!  A very strange husband and wife couple blasted the inside of this giant rock, painted the rock walls, and moved in.  We paid to do a little tour of this home, and it was totally worth it.  It was super quirkey, and strange, but interesting.  

Once we got into town we drove straight into Arches National Park.  This is the park which houses the typical image of what Utah is known for: Rock arches.  

the drive into the park is nicely paved and we followed the map looking at the various rock formations. This one is called Balanced Rock.

Then after a quick drive around a corner, we reached the North and South windows.  We took a little walk up to these arches, and over to a double arch, before driving a little further to look for the delicate arch. 

It was a little bit of effort to walk up a bunch of rock stairs to find our way to the upper view point of the delicate arch..it was quite hot!  But it was worth the trip to see it, and I'm glad that we did.

We headed back to our hotel for a night time swim outside to refresh before resting up for a long driving day tomorrow.

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