Travel | Arches National Park, Utah
It was, what I thought, extremely cold that morning. We woke up close to 5 a.m. to make our way to yet another sunrise. After visiting the Island in the Sky the previous day, we headed to one of my favorite parks of our trip. It was so dark & I could feel the wind pierce through every inch of clothing I had on, which clearly wasn't enough to keep me warm. Still sleepy & with our flashlights in hand, we walk up the rocks & in my head all I could do was hope I didn't fall off the side of a cliff.
There is a rock wall that hides the amazing view we were after & after crossing it, my heart fluttered & I was absolutely mortified. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this to you, but I am terrified of large objects & places. You know, oceans, canyons, buildings, boats, space. The list continues. Can you tell in my picture!? And hello, the trip is about 'hiking large mountains..". But anyways, she was a huge gorgeous deep orange arch. I could not keep my eyes off her. The sun finally found its way up from behind the large rocks & clouds. The view was indescribable. I felt nervous & insignificant with all the largeness around me. The rock pockets were huge & any weird movements could be ultimately dangerous. There was that feeling I haven't felt since I was a kid. That rush, anxiety, adrenaline. I wanted more. As we headed back to The Alchemist to continue the park visit, I could not believe the amazing open view down the rocks. Can you see how mynute we are in the vastness?
We walked, climbed, jumped, ran through the rocks when we came across in the next portion of the park. I was so ready & loved every second of it. We walked through The Devil's Garden and got to hike up to see some the most breathtaking arches. While balancing up on the rocks, it was windy & the drops down looked as if they kept getting higher & higher & deadly. But I will tell you, they were absolutely worth it. Hours were spent hiking & taking in the views from up high. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd visit a place that once belonged only in my textbooks or in movies. The infinity of it all & their sizes took my breath away every time we came across a new arch. Brothaman could be the best guide ever since he knows all the arches' names & their stories. After resting & snacking on carrots & ranch, we decided it was time to head back, relax at the camp grounds & prepare to drive off to our next adventure.