Candyland

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Ready for another day in the desert

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What a backdrop

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A far off salt refinery

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Looking out over the rivers

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Many canyons

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Looking out over Dead horse point

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I hope this is called dead horse because of the horseshoe lake

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He’s a maniac, or a monkey

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Billy goat in the top left

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Looking for arches in Canyonland

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So much sandstone

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Canyons leading into the Colorado River

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The Mesa arch

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I see why they call it Canyonlands

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Jonny looking for some butte

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Old Native American grainy

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Built directly into the rock

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“THE PRECIOUS”

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From the trail these granaries are completely invisible.

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That’s a big butte

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The view from atop the butte

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Canyons under the clouds

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On the other side a desert meadow

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A single ray of sunshine

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Justin on top of whale rick

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Another lonely desert road

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We found some stairs

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This look like a natural rock formation

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On the edges of the Upheaval Dome

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Another billy goat

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Another arch in Canyonland (albeit a small on)

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Island in the sky

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Pride rock!

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Time for a selfie?

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Justin takes a photo

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To me, this is a Kaiju footprint

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Breathtaking

 

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Simba, all that the light touches is our kingdom

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Canyonlands is saying goodnight

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Goodnight Canyonlands

Arches

On the second day of the journy we headed from Moab into Arches National Park. We tried to get there early for spots on a ranger guided hike through the Fiery Furnace only to find out that all the spots had been book over a week ago. Without that there were still many landmarks and hikes to entertain us in the park. Including the state symbol of Utah the Delicate Arch.

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Up early for some hiking

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Driving in Arches National Park

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The Balanced Rock surrounded by many others

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Native American petroglyphs

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Even the trail markers are arches

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Me under the Delicate Arch

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Up on the rocks

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Looking out over the park

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Some cheerleaders unperturbed by the ledge

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Trees here look dead but are very much alive

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Wild Turkeys

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In the desert a pile of rocks is majestic

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And a muddy stream is serene

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The Delicate Arch from the other side

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The fiery furnace

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We couldn’t go in without a ranger

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Jonny on this phone

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Justin taking pictures

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The desert is a lot more colorful than one would expect

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Fiery Furnace from farther away

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That group of rocks is the Garden of Eden

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Posing in the Garden of Eden, watch out for snakes

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The park road cutting through the desert

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More arches!

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Justin framed by the window arch

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The sun setting through the arch

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Underneath a few tons of rock

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This arch has an extra hole

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This arches are everywhere!

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Arches from afar

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Time to turn around

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I think we need to go to the right

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A little cactus forest

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The trails were all amazingly sandy

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Two arches for the price of one

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Double arches

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Climbing up inside the arch

Justin hanging out under the Double arch