Monday morning I woke up and got to work. At this point I was pretty used to the two hour time difference, I get up a few minutes before 6am, then log in and work until lunch. This lets me take a quick shower without waking up my hosts. After a while on Monday I noticed light coming through the blinds and opened the shade.
I didn’t get much exploring in early in the week; there’s little cell reception in the park and I was on call. I made up for it the rest of the week, though. What follows is a big pile of pictures from Arches National Park (right next to Moab). I also explored some other areas, I’ll put that in another post.
The town of Moab itself is an odd tiny place. It’s overrun with tourists, if you go to eat a meal as dark sets in there’s a long wait in almost every restaurant, and this is in mid-October. I can’t imagine what it’s like in the summer. Fortunately I wasn’t here for the food, I was here to take approximately one million photos in Arches. Um, except I’d already seen The Big Attractions, so instead of Delicate Arch (which is amazing) I was hiking trails I hadn’t yet done, so the weirder stuff.
Birds fly by on Tower Arch trail.
I did spend one evening late in the park, laying out on the rock as the sun’s glow vanished behind the rocky towers and the stars sneaked into view. No matter how I stared they showed up where I wasn’t looking, slowly filling in the entire sky. The milky way swum into view as the sound of a constant stream of cars leaving the park slowed to a trickle. I lay on the slowly cooling rock, cocooned in a warm hat and armor for an hour or so. It’s a beautiful part of the world.