Sunday, October 30, 2011

Moab, Indian Art close to Moab

A few days ago we checked out all the Indian art sites we could find near town.  A couple of them, on Kane Creek Rd., are badly vandalized which is so sad.  But we saw some pretty cool stuff.

Then we did a walking path through Moab along side a creek and it was a very nice path, pretty with fall colors.  There was also a park with several musical instruments for anyone to play.  That was very cool and these customized instruments produced some really nice sounds!

Note the artwork on the rock in front of the jeep

detail of figure giving birth from rock above

Rock art up to right through jeep window

This was fun, I could have played here all day!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park

Yesterday we checked out Dead Horse State Park.  Got a few pics, of course, but was a bit disappointed because the view from this high plateau was not very clear.  Nevertheless, we had a very nice hike, two actually, and put in over 5 miles.  This was really good because Mike has been having some trouble with his right knee and a trip to the doctors resulting in a cortisone shot seems to have helped. Yay!

After Dead Horse we went off road down Long Canyon (which we drove from the other direction a couple of weeks ago) ending at the CO River and stopped to check out some dinosaur tracks indicated by a sign.  Then we found right above the tracks, on the same wall if you will, a whole newspaper of indian art/writing/petroglyphs, whatever you want to call it.

Met some folk from Texas who took this pic of us!

I know it's just a split rock but I liked it........

.......and the way this tree is growing

detail of the point in front of me in prev pic

New snow on the LaSals in the distance

Love these "potholes" in the slick rock.  In spring they are full of life!

Through window in jeep as we begin our decent into Long Canyon

Up ahead, we have to drive under that rock??

OK, no big deal.....we fit, but larger vehicles would not!

Dino tracks on rock to left with CO River down below

Me taking pic of newspaper, note drawing all along the wall and again, CO River below right

Arch across river upper right

Detail of arch, see light shining through top?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Moab, More from Tuesdays Hike

Tuesday was such a beautiful day because the clouds were moving in for some weather and creating some nice lighting for pictures.  It rained like the dickens that evening. It started to rain just as we were finishing up our second hike of the day and continued to rain for the next 20 hours.  But oh how beautiful it is now!  And the LaSals are once again snow capped.

Anyway, here are the rest of the pictures from Tuesdays hike.

Tapestry Arch - An arch on either side in the making!

Inside/behind Tapestry Arch

Side view Tapestry Arch

The rain was moving in!

This guy was quick, I was luck to get this shot!

"backside" of Broken Arch, the trail went right through the arch

Broken Arch

Front view Broken Arch

The trail, see Mike, see the rain clouds moving in!

Part of the trail went through these "fins"

Darn purty!!!!!!!

Future arch, maybe they will call it Camelback Arch????

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Moab, Park Ave Trail and more arches!

Yesterday was a beautiful picture day cause the clouds were moving in for some rain.  We went back to Arches and did the Park Ave. trail.  It is only a couple of miles roundtrip but for a little trail it's got a heck of a view!  These stone walls make you feel very small.

 After the Park Ave. trail, we checked out a few more arches.......

This is the beginning of the trail to Sand Dune Arch, fun!

Sand Dune Arch
back side of Sand Dune Arch

Then we checked out Skyline Arch

.....a little closer to Skyline Arch

.....under Skyline Arch
We explored 2 more arches which I will show you tomorrow.....stay tuned!

Eisenhower State Park, Kansas

We are enjoying our 3 week stay here at Eisenhower State Park  in northeast Kansas.  Another large lake, Melvern Lake, and beautiful scenic ...