Black And White Delicate Arch
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Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab Utah is a magnificent, free-standing arch recognized the world over. The lack of stone structures immediately around it makes the arch appear steadfast, stubborn, improbable, perilous, and frail but defiant. Maybe I absorbed some of that stubbornness as my plan to see this arch evolved! On the day I planned to visit, I had an 8:30 am meeting and the sun rose at about 7 so time would be tight. I first thought I’d go to the ‘easy’ overlook where you walk only 100 yards to see the arch from a mile away. Surely I could fit that in in the time allotted! Then I read that there was another viewpoint that was 0.5 mile walk with a slightly less obstructed view. So that became the plan…until….I was searching whether dawn was a good time to see the arch. I ran across a website describing the trail that went to the base of the arch. The trail is 3 miles roundtrip (with the advice to leave 2-3 hours for the hike) and many websites rated it as ‘difficult’. But one website claimed it’s only difficult if you go midday in the summer! So I became more confident that it was doable at dawn in November. Except for the tight time frame. Working backwards from my 8:30 meeting and allowing for the 30 min drive each way to get there and back, I figured I’d have to start the hike around 5:30 am and really haul butt if I wanted to spend even 30 min there! That was well before sunrise and I’d be alone. But I’d gone too far in my enthusiasm to give up so I figured yes, I could do it! The hardest step was the first one but I set off with my blinding tactical flashlight (which I actually had to shield a bit to keep from blinding myself). The trail was pretty well marked except for one area where I made a wrong turn. The tiniest bit of panic arose but all I had to do was retrace my steps and I found the markers that I had missed. The hike was well worth it and 30 minutes flew by all too fast. An hour more might have been more satisfying! Delicate Arch has had more than a few names in its history, "Cowboy's Chaps" (I can really see that!), "Old Maid's Bloomers” and "Salt Wash Arch". The term "Delicate" first appeared in a January 1934 article about the Arches National Monument Scientific Expedition, which described it as "the most delicately chiseled arch in the entire area." Delicate Arch is also recognizable as the logo on the Utah license plates.
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December 24th, 2019
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