Thursday, June 5, 2014

Day 2 out West

{ Day 2 - Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park - Moab, UT }
We stayed in Green River, UT which is about 45 minutes out of Moab, so the next day we woke up at 4:00am so we could drive in to hike and see the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park- the Island in the Sky district. It was an EARLY morning, but definitely worth it. The sunrise at Mesa Arch is stunning. It literally creates a glow beneath the arch as you look out over the canyon.


Above is a picture of the view through the arch.

Below, me and Mal as the sun began to rise overlooking the view beside Mesa Arch.

  
Above - the Sunrise view from the overlook by Mesa Arch. 
Below - Sunrise glow beneath Mesa Arch. 


Above - Daddy capturing his shot at Mesa Arch.
Afterwards, we went into Moab for some much needed coffee and a delicious breakfast at Jailhouse Cafe in downtown Moab. Then we headed back into Arches National Park to view more of the arches.

First up - Double Arch. 

The view was stunning. Every time we saw something new we thought, "nothing can top this," and then we would get to the next site. It's just amazing how beautiful our country is. 

Then we went to North and South Window Arch.


 
and we finished the day at Landscape Arch (pictured above) before heading back to Green River for the evening. Pictures don't even do these place justice, the size of these arches is insane.

All of these pictures were taken with my iPhone, so you can imagine how beautiful the ones my dad captured on his camera are going to be!

Also this day we visited within Arches National Park: Devils Garden, Turret Arch, and Skyline Arch. I just don't have them pictured within the post.

5 comments:

Lauren said...

This is SO beautiful! I have only hiked one time in my life and it was the hardest thing I had ever done. These images make it totally worth it! :)

Annie said...

These are gorgeous photos! It sounds like y'all are having an amazing trip out west.

Melanie said...

Awesome!!! Makes me want to visit out west that much more!!

Ann said...

That scenery is breathtaking. Glad you were able to enjoy it with your family!

Heather said...

It's amazing how many vast landscapes our country has! Once again, the pictures are beautiful :)!