Arches National Park

My friend Kim and I were looking at random pictures on the internet last night when we came across an iconic piece of Utah. It’s so iconic it is actually on their licence plates: Delicate Arch of Arches National Park. I got so excited to come across it randomly that I got out a few of my own pictures from the road trip my parents and I went on in 2010. If you are ever in Utah I cannot recommend enough that you visit Arches, it is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen. To my English eyes it was very alien with its sparse dessert plants and red rock. Seemingly impossible structures have been created by natural erosion, they have stood in the park for decades. The arches and other landmarks are contradictions; both delicate and easy to destroy yet at the same time it feels like they could stand forever.

Although the park is called ‘Arches’ there is actually quite a variety of formations there, not just the titular arches, plus some human history in the form of petroglyphs. I hope you find the places pictured below as whimsical and stunning as I did.

Canopic Jars

Canopic Jars

Three Gossips

Three Gossips

The Sheep

The Sheep

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This guy is either a rabbit or an indian chief. Maybe he is a rabbit indian chief, native american myths are very animal-centric.

This guy is either a rabbit or an indian chief. Maybe he is a rabbit indian chief, native american myths are very animal-centric.

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Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

A human-made alternative... a little smaller...

A human-made alternative… a little smaller…

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I think this guy looks like an elephant

I think this guy looks like an elephant

A walrus look-a-like

A walrus look-a-like

Double Arch

Double Arch

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North and South Windows. I think it looks like a giant nose.

North and South Windows. I think it looks like a giant nose.

Inside the window.

Inside the window.

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Views near the windows.

Views near the windows.

He's so cute!

He’s so cute!

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Fiery Furness

Fiery Furnace

Petrified Dunes

Petrified Dunes

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Fallen Arch

Fallen Arch

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Happy, sneaky flower

Happy, sneaky flower

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Sandy Arch

Sandy Arch

Underside of Sandy Arch

Underside of Sandy Arch

Sky Arch

Sky Arch

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Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs

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Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch – you can see a tiny little me showing how big it is. The drop on both sides is fairly sheer, especially on the far side. It was actually quite scary! But amazing.

These pictures were taking by my Mom and I. I hope you like them.

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Carousel

There is a fun fair in the centre of town this week. I can’t stand most rides but I do love a carousel. I even have a carousel decoration on my Christmas tree and a carousel music box!

My horse was called Zara.

My horse was called Zara.

 

While we were in Ohio we went on one too 🙂 It was quite a big bigger and more famous.

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