100 Days of National Parks: Day 42 – Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

Sometimes the places you visit are so clearly ephemeral and short-lived that being there takes on added meaning. Walking along the Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park and seeing the long, narrow span of Landscape Arch, the longest freestanding natural arch in the world, is just such an experience.

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Sometimes the places you visit are so clearly ephemeral and short-lived that being there takes on added meaning.  Walking along the Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park and seeing the long, narrow span of Landscape Arch, the longest freestanding natural arch in the world, is just such an experience.

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1oo Days of National Parks: Day 33 – Wall of Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park

It’s such a profoundly unique experience to walk through the winding trails below the rim of Bryce Canyon and weave amongst the towering hoodoos that make up the Park’s iconic amphitheater. The alien landscape is one of the most affecting sights in any park, with its towering sandstone spires reaching toward impossibly blue skies, the few trees and plants along the slopes fighting for existence in the harshness of the high desert.

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Wall of Hoodoos

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It’s such a profoundly unique experience to walk through the winding trails below the rim of Bryce Canyon and weave amongst the towering hoodoos that make up the Park’s iconic amphitheater.  The alien landscape is one of the most affecting sights in any park, with its towering sandstone spires reaching toward impossibly blue skies, the few trees and plants along the slopes fighting for existence in the harshness of the high desert.

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100 Days of National Parks: Day 21 – Arguing Old Men, Canyonlands

I’m a big fan of the pareidolia effect, seeing familiar patterns where they don’t exist, like seeing shapes in the clouds, or faces in tortillas. Walking through the spires and rock formations of Canyonlands’ Needles District, I find it impossible not to do this, as around every corner, there seems to be some new, alien rock formation that seems impossible to have been created on this planet.

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Arguing Old Men

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I’m a big fan of the pareidolia effect, seeing familiar patterns where they don’t exist, like seeing shapes in the clouds, or faces in tortillas.  Walking through the spires and rock formations of Canyonlands’ Needles District, I find it impossible not to do this, as around every corner, there seems to be some new, alien rock formation that seems impossible to have been created on this planet.

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