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“Falling Rocks”; Puff Balls; Bubba’s RV; Mama’s New Shoes; Bakery Delights

Okay, we are walking down the trail in Arches National Park, and I hear, “Ty, look out for that falling rock!”  THUD…  What the heck? Where did that rock come from? (Just kidding, but it makes for a great gag photo, don’t you think? What do you mean, I have a strange sense of humor? I am insulted…) 

This is our second visit to Moab, Utah, and we are again awe-struck by the raw beauty of the sandstone arches and palisades here. It’s been awhile since we’ve had flowers in the blog, and as you are aware, I don’t know my plants very well. But I do recognize beauty, and this puff ball looking specimen caught my eye, and I asked My Lovely Bride to photograph it. One of the advantages of being retired is that we have plenty of time to “stop and smell the roses” and not have to worry (so much, anyway) about keeping to a schedule. 

We found these pretty orange flowers along the same trail. They are living in a very sandy area about 50 yards from a stream, but you wonder how they get enough water to survive. Temperatures today are in the high 90s, and will rise another 10-20 degrees over the next month, although it will drop into the 60s and 70s overnight. Most of the local critters are nocturnal, finding a hole or a big rock to hide under during the brutally hot part of the day. The young kids out camping in tents can rough it in the heat, but us more mature adults opt for Plan B, air conditioning.

We have taken two sunset drives through Arches NP for two reasons: 1. It’s cooler then for our puppies to walk around the view point parking areas (they aren’t allowed on the trails), and 2. the colors are more vivid at sunrise and sunset. (Did I hear someone ask, “Ty, why don’t you get up early and be out there for sunrise?” The answer: “Elementary, My Dear, sunrise is at 0554, before 6:00 AM civilian time, and no one with any common sense is up then.”) 

Particularly impressive is Balance Rock, a 35,000 ton hunk of sandstone sitting atop a base of mudstone, which erodes 2 or 3 times as fast as the harder sandstone above. It will be a very short time (a few decades, perhaps) before Balance Rock falls to the ground atop the “melting” base that supports it today. 

Moab is not only a tourist destination, but also a hippie and dropout haven. It also has its share of unusual characters… This innovative recreational vehicle combination was seen on the side of the road in town. I believe the plates were from Arkansas, but they were covered in mud and not very legible. “Mr. and Mrs. Bubba Clampett’s” original design receives an “A” for ingenuity, but a “D” for aesthetics…  I was on my way over to introduce myself and ask their names for the blog, but those legs you see on the other side of the trailer belong to two apparently very hungry pit bulls, and discretion being the better part of valor, I declined to become their dessert…

Moab is very famous for their mountain biking trails, and My Lovely Bride has achieved a new level of expertise in this strenuous and sometimes dirty sport. This was a result of her suggesting that we get new bike shoes with built-in cleats to attach to special pedals. They increase your power strokes, especially going uphill, but you have to be quick enough to twist your foot out of the cleat if you experience an “unintentional dismount”, also known as a “fall”. Lest you think that this is an uncommon occurrence, let me assure you that I have had my fair share of unintentional dismounts recently… most actually occur going uphill, when you misjudge the steepness of the rocky trail you’re going up. More speed actually helps get you over the bumps, so to speak… 

Lastly, I would like to recognize the Sweet Cravings Bakery and Bistro here in Moab, where we are now using the Internet to upload this blog entry. (The Wi-Fi at our campground is too slow for this purpose.) Here are Barbara and J.R. (no relation to the villain of “Dallas”). Barbara’s daughter Cinda is hard at work in their bakery out back. Their all-fresh-made treats are terrific, and if you’re ever in Moab, please drop by for some of their goodies!


  • angeldust
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Ty and Suzanne,
    What a beautiful display of "natural" creation all around us! Some pictures don't need an explanation. Your pictures capture Moab's uniqueness. We're having "vicarious" fun through the pictures, without the risk of falling rock and bumpy bike trails! Thanks for sharing:)


  • Ty and Suzanne Giesemann
    Posted June 11, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for the kind comments, and glad you are enjoying the blog.
    All the best, Ty


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