Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 29, 2010

This windy day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 12:34 pm
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Turret Arch, The Windows -- not on our hike

Yesterday my daughter and I hiked 7.2 miles in sustained 40-mph winds in the exposed Devils Garden area of Arches National Park. Definitely challenging, definitely less fun than on a calmer day, but it made for fewer people with whom to share the trails. I even wore wrap-around clear eye protection over my glasses and didn’t care what it looked like, but only that my eyes didn’t get blasted. Much of the time we couldn’t talk, as opening one’s mouth even slightly invited airborne sand to find its way in. Still, when we found protected coves in which to eat a clementine, almonds or an energy bar, our discussion centered on only the beauty around us and the amazing panorama that we were privileged to experience.

Partition Arch & Ilsa


  1. K,
    Are there any ‘fins’ in the park that could still generate future arches (given enough time) or have they all ‘calved’?

    Comment by leroque — April 30, 2010 @ 4:59 am | Reply

    • Most certainly there are. Hundreds. I see embryonic arches everywhere that I set my mind to looking for them, and who knows how many zeroes of time it will take for them to be born? Some are grain by grain, some require one big boulder fall.

      Comment by kath56ryn — April 30, 2010 @ 7:17 am | Reply

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