|Arches NP! We have been wanting|
to visit this park for a long time!
Normally, we do a good job of planning, but for some reason, we were a little absent minded about taking care of business before heading into the park. Our holding tanks were on the full side, and our water was nearly gone. Don't make that mistake! Luckily, we brought along our handy portable water fill tank that usually rides, unused, in the rear of the truck cab. We were darn glad we had it! Dad was able to use it to add some much needed water to our holding tank. A toilet that doesn't flush can quickly make Mom MOODY. No worries, mission accomplished! We got settled in and studied our guidebook to make sure we saw as much as we could of the park before the weather changed on us.
Arches Day 2:
Good Morning Kids!
|It's so amazing hiking in this area.|
We hiked up a mile and half at a very steep and (for me) hair-raising climb, around a cliff edge and then the arch itself was part of a large, slickrock bowl... very precarious, and terrifying for anyone (like me) afraid of heights.
|There it is! Delicate Arch! Wow, what a hike.|
We left Arches this morning to head for Colorado. You know Dad, he wants to go to "Four Corners" so he can stand in 4 different states at the same time. We will be going to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado as well. The weather is not improving for us, and it is supposed to snow there today, so we are going to do the best we can.
|Check out the slickrock in the far distance, upper left.|
Those little specks are people,
on the wayto Delicate Arch.
We let ourselves get a little too depleted on water and full tanks and yesterday and we finally got into the town of Moab to "refresh" (empty tanks and fill up freshwater) Luckily there is a local gas station and convenience store called "Maverik" that allows free RV dumping and fresh water filling. Super awesome of them to do this, and we are certainly grateful. We filled up our diesel there too. We stopped at a small laundromat there and did our one load of clothes (first since we left a week ago) and while that did it's thing, we walked next door to a small grocery and bought some food. I bought some salad, because I feel like we haven't any fresh veggies for a while and Dad looks like he might be getting scurvy.
|Everything was nice and fresh after the stormy night.|
Well, one thing I can tell you for sure, don't wait and visit all these parks when you are old and creaky like us. You will miss the very best parts, because you need to really hike out into the wilderness to fully experience the wonder they have to offer. Our National Parks system has done an amazing job of making all of this available to us all in a very affordable, accessible way. I have yet to go to any of them and not be absolutely slack-jawed at how amazing they are. They are all very different and unique and have their own special qualities, but they share the same quality in that they are just amazing-just like the four of you!
This morning it's on to Colorado and Mesa Verde National Park. We took off early after morning coffee and pulled in the slides to head to new adventures. We stopped at the Visitor's Center of the park because I had forgotten to get the obligatory T-shirt from Arches NP. I chose a nice long sleeved one in honor of the colder place we were headed. Todd's credit card was declined at the register so after reluctantly using our debit card to purchase my T-shirt (Debit cards are NOT a safe option these days kids) we got to the truck and I called our bank to find out what was going on. Sure enough, our traveling gave them the heebeejeebees and they shut off our card. I guess we are just too transient for them! It's nice they make sure though, but it's a little bit embarrassing when your card gets declined! Oh well. They apologized and turned the spigot back on, so we are off to CHARGE IT!
|Literally took less than 30 minutes to get|
the rock chip repaired!