The next morning we headed into Arches National park. We started off with the Delicate Arch hike since I had never done it. Here are a few pictures.
During lunch at Delicate Arch, someone (not someone in our group) lost a water bottle over the edge of the cliff. Jared being very concerned about the environment went to the edge of the cliff to see where it was. The next thing we knew, Jared was over the edge after said bottle. Meanwhile an older couple next to us got really concerned. We reassured them he had his ID in his pocket so they could ID him when they found his body(I’m not kidding – those were our exact words). A few minutes later, Jared returned to our ledge triumphant with the bottle. Then the real fun began. The man from the elderly couple insisted the group give him a round of applause then asked Jared what he did for a living. When Jared responded he was an engineer, the old man was so disappointed and said “that’s too bad; I could use a nimble man like you to work at my steel mill. Mmm.” That’s right. An old man hit on Jared by calling him nimble and offering him a job in his steel mill in front of his wife. He also called him Jerry instead of Jared. If you’re a nimble good looking young man, I have some job hook ups in the steel industry apparently. We went on a few more hikes then came back to camp and made bacon wrapped cheese stuffed hot dogs. So delicious.
The next day was mystery day. We put the boys in charge of this day. They gave us the option of doing the Firey Furnace in Arches (this requires a special pass you have to get the day before) or going Jeeping. I wasn’t sure why Jeeping was even an option – Shad has told me on several occasions off roading makes him sick. I voted for the hike so off we went. The hike started off fine, there aren’t any trails in that area of the park, so you’re kind of on your own. We wandered for a bit then the boys climbed up some rocks leaving us in a hole, with no way to climb out. Stupid boys taking for granted their upper arm strength. Here’s a picture of us in the hole. We were actually really mad though none of the pictures showed it.
After that, we reminded them that they had girls with them and they could scale rock walls to their hearts content, they just couldn’t expect us to follow. We enjoyed lunch in a cave we found the headed back to Moab.
Sunday we spent the day in Canyonlands hiking. The ranger there suggested we do a bunch of little hikes to see the diversity of the park. That is exactly what we did. It was another good day of hiking though I was a little sore from scaling rock walls with the boys the day before.