Monday, October 15, 2018

More of Arches National Park

Okay.  One scene is just more beautiful than the next.  When I went to Europe for ten weeks I came back and had 410 slides.  On this trip of one week duration I had over 500 digital photos.  Here are just a few more of one fantastic park.

We were told not to worry about the dark clouds as they were what is called 'virga', rain that evaporates before it hits the ground.  Right.  Tell that to all of us that got drenched!  When I  mentioned to a woman working in a store in Moab about the rain (who happened to be a former resident of Royal Oak, MI and whose son lives here in West Bloomfield, go figure), she said 'what rain'?

Here are two panorama videos.

And here is a shot taken in Moab along the Colorado River.
One more day in Utah and then we are off to Colorado.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday In Salt Lake City - Temple Square

While I am not the least big religious, I do visit a lot of places of worship when I travel and this trip was no different.  In fact I visited three of them.  Here is my visit to Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
 Assembly Hall
 I just watched a program on driving the Lincoln Highway from Times Square to San Francisco.  I cannot imagine going across the country pulling a hand cart.
 The Temple

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsing for their Sunday broadcast

And despite what our young guide told us when asked about the role of women in the Mormon Church, I am pretty sure that Jesus did not establish his own church and describe the roles of women.  I thought that the woman who asked the question was going to slug it out with her.

Arches National Park

After I visited Zion National Park several years ago, I added Arches National Park to my bucket list.  It is incredible.  'Water and ice, extreme temperatures, and underground salt movement are responsible for the ...scenery... '  The salt bed was deposited 300 million years ago and erosion over the last 100 million years has resulted in what you will see below. 

I asked out guide if anyone had ever argued with her that the earth is only 40,000 years old, or whatever.  She said no.  Thank goodness.  But another traveler told me that when they were strapped into the helicopter to fly over the Grand Canyon, their pilot told them that the canyon was formed during the time of Noah and the Great Flood.  I certainly would have complained upon landing.  Anyway, while we were waiting to use the restroom at Arches, we heard a traveler (?) telling someone that the structures were formed 2000 years ago.  Jeesh! 

Here are just a few of the sculptured rocks that can be seen - more on another day. 
Balanced Rock
Delicate Arch
Hedda, Louella, and Rona.  No.  Sorry.  It's the Three Gossips
The Turret
North and South Windows

The view from the Windows.  I could look at this all day.