On Sunday we moved to a park just to the north of Moab called Portal RV. When we came to Moab last week this park did not have any vacancies, so we took a site south of town in OK RV Park. The site there was “ok,” but we were on dirt and when the wind blew it created a dust storm. Also, rain was in the forecast and we knew if it came we would be walking in the mud. So soon after we arrived we checked out some other parks in the area and found Portal to be just what we wanted, large concrete pads with a nice view out our front window.
Monday morning dawned a bit cool and windy, but with a bit of sunshine in the morning. So we headed into Arches NP to visit a very popular area called the Windows Section. We had driven through the area last week but couldn’t find a parking place, as it was filled with families enjoying what we hope is the final week of spring break. We thought that with most kids safely locked up in school again, the crowds would be gone and things would return to normal (prisons don’t have Spring Break, why do schools?). Our theory proved to be true and we easily found a place to park then set out to hike the short trail around the centerpiece of the area, the Windows Arches.
Just south of the Windows Arches is the Turret Arch. We picked up our pace while we hiked the path as storm clouds were forming to the south.
Just to the west of the Windows Arches is the Double Arch. Our pace continued to quicken as the wind was becoming quite strong and the temperature was dropping.
The area under the Twin Arches is huge. Note the size of the people under the arches in the picture below.
John tried to scramble up into one of the arches, but the strong wind combined with blowing sand drive him back down the rocks.
Since the weather was not cooperating, we ended our adventure at this point and returned to the motorhome. The weather prediction for Tuesday is for rain and high winds, so it looks to be a good day to rest and curl up with a good book.