We started the morning with a hike to Landscape Arch, the longest, most popular arch in all of Arches National Park. As it turned out, it’s a very thin arch. You get the feeling that one day it’ll just collapse, and become two oddly shaped spires. That’s happened before. Erosion will do that to every arch, eventually. Dang you, erosion.
In 2008, in fact, Wall Arch, which had been the 12th largest arch in the park, collapsed in the middle of the night. Before: super cool natural bridge. After: just two pillars of rock.
We have been working with Stephen and Arwen about erosion, making this trip a huge science and ecology lesson for them. That’s one of the things I was hoping we’d see on this road trip. No kid sitting in a classroom — in any nation on earth — is going to get the kind of education, the cultural, geological, historical, anthropological lessons that these kids are going to get in the next year. They’re going to build a lifetime of memories in this year, and they’re lessons that they’ll remember for having experienced them, instead of just reading or writing about them.
As has become my tradition, having become addicted to its amazing wonder, I stayed up late to see what the night sky offered us this night. I was not disappointed.
Tomorrow we’re leaving Arches. Just one more National Park and we’re pretty much done with Utah — for the year! It’s hard to figure out how I’m making this math work. I’ve got to visit 49 states in 12 months, and after one month, we’re only done with one of them. This is going to get tricky.
We were in Arches National Park on 1/22. Can you guess where we’ll be on 1/29? There’s a $5 bounty for the first person to guess. All you gotta do is comment below with your guess before midnight tonight. Winner announced when the 1/29 post goes live.
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