2011 Summer Vacation, Day 16

We continued on the dirt road through Valley of the gods as we pulled out in the morning:

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Our next stop was Natural Bridges National Monument.  It would have been 40 miles shorter to get there via the Moki Dugway, but signs like this convinced us to go the long way around:

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Even the long way around had some pretty significant grades.  After checking out the visitor center, we decided to hike down to Sipapu Bridge.  Sipapu is 220 feet high, with a span of 268 feet and a thickness of 53 feet:

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Sipapu in the distance:

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Trish and the kids are in the lower right corner of the frame:

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Three frame panorama (click for full view):

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Long way up:

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Fun with the sun:

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Trish caught me working the bridge.  It’s all about the angle!

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The stream that carved (and continues to carve) Sipapu:

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Next we drove to the trailhead for Owachomo Bridge.  It’s smaller (106ft high, 180ft span), but it’s only 9 feet thick!

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On the way out of the park we met some folks doing the “Bike the US for MS” tour.  I found one of the rider’s blog posts for that day.

We headed North about 100 miles to Arches National Park:

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Delicate Arch at sunset.  As shown below, we were across the valley from the arch:

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Moonrise:

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Trish draws Delicate Arch:

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After dinner, we did a night hike to Sand Dune Arch.  The moon casts light on the sandstone above:

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Moon through the rocks:

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Big dipper:

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We drove 230 miles today.  Natural Bridges NM (B), Arches NP (C):

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