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15 reasons to fall in love with Arches National Park-a photo essay

Arches National Park photographs

  “A weird, lovely, fantastic object out of nature like Delicate Arch has the curious ability to remind us—like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness—that out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men as sea and sky surround and sustain a ship. The shock of the real. For a little while we are again able to see, as the child sees, a world of marvels. For a few moments we discover that nothing can be taken for granted, for if this ring of stone is marvelous then all which shaped it is marvelous, and our journey here on earth, able to see and touch and hear in the midst of tangible and mysterious things-in-themselves, is the most strange and daring of all adventures.”

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

(During the 1950s Abbey spent a few summers as the park ranger at Arches National Park where he lived in a remote house trailer.)

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    Jo Ann M. (@JoAnn0924)
    March 20, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Wow these photos are even more impressive than those in your earlier post! The shadows and light are just breathtaking! Can’t choose a favorite this time. 🙂

    Such a beautiful quote! Those words remind me of reading about John Muir & Teddy Roosevelt and how they decided that such beauty should be preserved. Thank goodness they did!

    Thanks so much for posting the photo of the little cabin! Such an interesting story! I think the early pioneers were so much more hearty than we could ever be with all of our creature comforts.

    Nature is to be admired and respected. It can be unforgiving. Looking at these photos I am reminded of Aaron Ralston’s terrible tragedy in Utah in Blue John Canyon in 2003. Coincidentally he was born in Ohio as well.

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      Julie
      March 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks Jo Ann! The Scenic Byway was gorgeous, but the park even more so if you can believe it! I don’t think there was one “bad” area in Arches in terms of scenery.

      They were definitely men ahead of their time in terms of their visions but as you said, thank goodness they were like that. Too much in the world has been lost to development, not enough preserved.

      There was actually a pamphlet book that was written by the rancher’s granddaughter-she actually lived there with her parents and brother for 5+ years. Very interesting. I know, the 21st century human being wouldn’t last a day in those parts.

      I didn’t know that about Ralston-but in his case and others, very strong reminders that you need to plan accordingly and in advance where nature is concerned.

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