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A Christmas delight

Even though it didn't really feel like Christmas - day 12

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Last night it rained, snowed, hailed, lightning and thunder and blew a gale. It was also very cold. We woke up at 6am, and it was snowing quite nicely. It was like waking up in all the Christmas movies, and looking out your window to see it snowing. We were going to have a white Christmas!! We were all quit cold standing outside, so we quickly packed up our camp into the warm car. We decided to drive straight into Arches National Park and have breakfast there. As we kept driving it was a mixture between snow and rain, and the wind was getting stronger. We arrived at the car park of the first walk we were planning on doing, and it was snowing very heavily, and blowing a gale. It was like a blizzard outside. We had breakfast hoping it would clear up outside, but it just seemed to be getting worse. We decided to keep driving and have a look at the rest of the National park.
There were lots of very short walk, so we decided to brave the weather and do some of the short walks first.
The first one we did was to tunnel
and pine tree arch
and then onto landscape arch.
By the time we got to pine tree arch the weather had mostly past. It looked really nice now with he dusting of snow on top of the red rocks. It was almost like a coating of icing sugar over anything. What was even nicer was the fact that there was next to no one doing the walks. We had the views to ourselves, and could take some awesome photos. We then drove down to skyline arch. This was only a 300m walk, but as pretty spectacular. It was one of the biggest arches, and also one of the nicest looking ones.
Once again, there was no one there! We found a cool little climb up on of the rocks near by.
It was quite snowing and slippery in places, but was really fun. We then drove down to the start of sand dune arch, which was once again only a 300m walk.
It was probable the least spectacular of all the aches, but the position of it, inside a canyon type place, was really cool. We then had lunch before starting the walk we had planned to do at the beginning of the day. This walk, delicate arch, is rated as the best walk in the park. It is only about a 2-hour return, but the views at the end are pretty spectacular.
It is in a really random spot, and it quite large, the views around it are really amazing. It is obviously the most popular walk in the park, as there were a lot of people doing the walk today. Today was very quiet, so I can’t imagine what it must be like on a busy day!! It was definitely all of our favorite arches, and we were glad we left it till the end. We drove past a few other features on the way out of the park.
It is a really amazing and unique spot. We drove back the same campsite as last night. We finally got to see what it looks like in the light. It is quite spectacular.
We set up camp an cooked a chicken and corn soup for dinner. Perfect for a cold night.

Posted by vansantjordan 12:43 Archived in USA Tagged storm utah holiday usa sunshine moab whitechristmas archesnationalpark

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