The Great Colorado-Utah Vacation 2011, Day Eleven.

MOAB, UTAH – Whoops. I forgot to throw in a photo of last night’s campsite.

01 - Day ten's campsite

This was a superfun day. We started with a hike through the Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park. Our tour guide was a real trip. He wanted to play Quiz Show and ask questions the entire time.

Then he asked how sandstone was formed.

Laurel answered him.

She was correct, but he told her she was wrong.

Sigh.

He also told me I was wrong when I answered that plants need air because he equates air with oxygen. I just rolled my eyes. Pretty soon he started talking about how plants need fixed nitrogen and I turned to Greg and stage-whispered, “which comes from WHERE? The AIR! duh, duh, duhduhduh”

Again, so many photos, just mouse over the ones you want to know about for the caption.

02 - Arches sign02 - moon over formations in Arches NP03 - petrified sand dunes, Arches NP04 - most of the family at balanced rock, Arches NP05 - mama fox at Delicate Arch trailhead, Arches NP06 - delicate arch, Arches NP07 - fiery furnace walk, Arches NP08 - Laurel attacking crawl-through arch in the fiery furnace, Arches NP09 - Ethan's turn at crawl-through arch in the fiery furnace, Arches NP10 - Ethan emerging from crawl-through arch, fiery furnace, Arches NP11 - Even I went for the crawl-through arch, fiery furnace, Arches NP12 - made it!13 - skull arch14 - Greg calls this butt rock15 - crossing over16 - waiting for others to catch up17 - still waiting18 - more from the fiery furnace19 - fun in a very narrow canyon21 - more of the view22 - a little perspective23 - contrary tour guide Dick24 - we like to call this Penis Rock

We made it through the Fiery Furnace just fine. Even the kids loved it. Not twenty minutes after we had left (this was a three-hour tour, by the way, just like Gilligan’s), Ethan asked, “When can we do this again?”

Success!

But we had other things in mind, like renting another Jeep. We enjoyed it so much in Colorado we felt like we just HAD to do it again, this time in the desert terrain surrounding Moab. We picked up the Jeep that afternoon before pulling our trailer out to Dead Horse Point State Park. The moment we unhooked our trailer we clambered into the Jeep and took off down Long Canyon and Potash Roads, ending with Shafer Switchbacks.

25 - long canyon rd26 - long canyon rd

Paul and Cynthia, this one is for you:

27 - really, an Element on a 4WD high clearance road with a bike and basket on the back28 - view from either long canyon or potash rd29 - balanced rock on potash road

Salt:

30 - evaporation ponds along potash road

Thelma and Louise Point, where the movie filmed its climactic scene:31 - thelma and louise point32 - thelma and louise point33 - Jeep at thelma & louise point34 - gooseneck on potash road

You may have noticed we take photos of the entrance signs for all (almost) of the National Parks we enter while on vacation. Well, we entered Canyonlands the back way, which Greg found especially fun.

35 - entering Canyonlands, the back way36 - funny sign for Shafer Switchbacks37 - view from Shafer Switchbacks

We didn’t get back to camp until after 7 that evening. We had been up since, oh, around 5 or 6 that morning. As you may have guessed, we were all tired and dusty. We weren’t hot, though, because Mother Nature had blessed us with a super cool 81 degrees for a high that day.

And as they say, it was a dry heat.

Our campsite:

campsite, Dead Horse Point State Parkview from campsite at Dead Horse Point State Park, UT