We checked for an open campsite for the night at Arches . . . they didn’t have one. So we found this outside the park along the Colorado River. Yeah, there were a lot of mosquitos.
But we were camped right next to some awesome petroglyphs!
Arches National Park, Day II
Chris and I spent the entire day hiking the rest of the trails in the park to see all the obscure arches in Arches National Park. Above is me standing in an unnamed arch we found while hiking to Sand Dune Arch.
Unfortunately this morning, after we broke down camp in Colorado and drove down the mountain back into cell service, we got a bad call. Our rappelling and climbing El Capitan Expedition had been cancelled by the park service. Too many details of what went wrong. So . . . . as the only ones driving across county for it, we find out about it half way into our drive. We decided to stop by Arches for a couple of days.
Below is Balanced Rock.
This is the famous Delicate Arch near sunset and an almost full moon!
Waking up in the morning at our beautiful campsite an Aspen grove in White River National Forest, elevation about 10,000 feet. The plan . . . to spend several days up at high elevation — sleeping, hiking, caving — to get acclimated to it. So when we arrive in Yosemite, at 7,500 feet, it won’t kick our asses nearly as bad.
Our view from a day hike.
And then we got to go caving again with Ken Headrick. He meet up with us after work and took us into Groaning Cave, Colorado’s longest cave at 10 miles, for a short 2.5-hour trip.
A quick pic with my Dad on Father’s Day and stepmom, Judy, at their Iowa home before hitting the road again. The day before, we drove the 15 hours straight and arrived in the evening to a feast of homemade pizza!
We arrived in Nebraska, at my Mom’s and stepdad, Tim, house several hours later and had another barbecue feast there with my sister and her kids too!
My Nissan Sentra packed to the gills with camping, backpacking, rappelling and new caving gear, with a new Thule box on top, ready for our El Capitan Expedition adventure! We’re driving across the country, to California, with a few stops along the way to see my family members.
We arrived at Casa de Walsh in Aquismon! A group of Texans were working on the house, or having a party; maybe a bit of both.
After a shaky start to our road trip to Mexico, with a 2-foot blizzard with lots of 4-wheel driving and Jeep problems, we were very happy to be at our destination!
The Jeep pulled into a car repair place getting the transmission pan and gasket fixed. ATF started puking out of the bottom of the Jeep around 1 a.m. in the morning Saturday . . . in the middle of nowhere Alabama. We limped the vehicle to Meridian, Mississippi, where we found a hotel next to a car repair shop. We had to pay for two nights, as the shop wasn’t going to be open until Monday.
When we got it fixed, we were back in business and on the road!!