Our Summer 2000 Vacation
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Paul in Arches National Park, Utah - July 2000

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The sandstone arches have developed in several different shapes

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It is hard to believe  sometimes just how the delicate structure of the arches can stand over time.  In fact, you do see some collapsed, and eventually all will go this way

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And the magnificent pillars and formations create interesting skylines as you walk through the hot desert.  Most have been given names reflecting their shapes -

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- Like the "Three Gossips" in this photograph

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And "Double Arch" which has it's name for obvious reasons

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This is Paul, trying to fly from one of the spectacular ridges in Arches National Park - on the way to Double Arch

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Another super national park is Canyonlands, which is not so very far from Arches in south eastern Utah

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There are superb views across the desert and canyons -

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- and fascinating chasms through which you can drive

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At night we would set up the telescope in the desert near our camp outside Moab

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Where some of the strangest people would stop by to look

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The scenery is very thought provoking.  This is Lizzie, standing under a tree and looking out over the wilderness

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Another place we visited this vacation was the Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, ancient home to the Anasazi Indians, who built their homes in the cliffs

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It was interesting to be allowed to risk your life on the vertical ladders

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Especially in America - home of litigation and lawyers!

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This park also gave us super dark skies - perhaps the best we saw all summer

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A green and pleasant place compared to this Utah scene

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With lots of rocks and places to investigate.  It's easy to see why the Anasazi liked it here

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Compared to the bare grandeur of Utah and Arches

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A final interesting object at Mesa Verde is "newspaper rock"

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Another place we visited was Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

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But as always our evenings centered on the telescope and our astronomy.  This was a great vacation!

 

 

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