There’s something so beautiful about taking a road trip and admiring the wonders of the world gifted by Mother Nature. There’s something so beautiful about just looking out the window of your car and seeing the land changes from miles and miles of farmlands to mountains. Especially when you are living in United States, you are bound to be curious and explore different locations whether by foot, car, or even airplane.
I am going to share one of my favorite experiences during my summer 2018 road trip with my family. Before we embarked on this journey, we decided to do a road trip to Denver, Colorado so that my mother could attend her nursing conference. In order for her to continue to work as a licensed nurse practitioner, she is required to complete a number of hours per year through trainings and conferences. Mother felt that it would be a fantastic opportunity to take a road trip to Denver where the conference is being held, and visit Salt Lake City.
Once my mom completed her conference in Denver for a week, we then continued with our road trip to Salt Lake City, Utah which is about 8 hours drive. But the moment you enter Utah. The land suddenly becomes deserted with innumerable shrubs and bushes. There are no exits, gas stations, restaurants or hotels for miles. So if you had to go to the nearest town, be prepared to drive 50 miles or more. But that’s what we did before we got to Salt Lake City.
The only reason we did this is because my dad has always wanted to visit Arches National Park – he’s got the pictures saved on his phone and computer as screensavers.
Anyways, back to the point.
We drove for miles with nothing in sight but deserted land filed with bushes, and areas filled with sandstone. We finally reached a small town called Moab, Utah so we can visit Arches National Park and fulfill my dad’s dream. We spent two days touring around National Arches Park exploring the wonders of the park.
I’ve included an excerpt from National Geographic giving a overview of the park, and I’ve also included the photos that I have taken from my iPhone.
This park contains more than 2,000 natural arches—the greatest concentration in the country. But numbers have no significance beside the grandeur of the landscape—the arches, the giant balanced rocks, spires, pinnacles, and slickrock domes against the enormous sky.
Perched high above the Colorado River, the park is part of southern Utah’s extended canyon country, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. Some 300 million years ago, inland seas covered the large basin that formed this region. The seas refilled and evaporated—29 times in all—leaving behind salt beds thousands of feet thick. Later, sand and boulders carried down by streams from the uplands eventually buried the salt beds beneath thick layers of stone. Because the salt layer is less dense than the overlying blanket of rock, it rises up through it, forming it into domes and ridges, with valleys in between.
Most of the formations at Arches are made of soft red sandstone deposited 150 million years ago. Much later, groundwater began to dissolve the underlying salt deposits. The sandstone domes collapsed and weathered into a maze of vertical rock slabs called “fins.” Sections of these slender walls eventually wore through, creating the spectacular rock sculptures that visitors to Arches see today.
Now that I’ve bored you with my words, let’s look at the photos and judge whether or not I was being genuine.
All photos were taken from my iPhone and edited using Lightroom.