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Mar 25, 2012, 8:43:48 AM
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Sand Dune Arch by Corvidae65 Sand Dune Arch by Corvidae65
Sand Dune Arch in Arches National Park. Taken about an hour after sunset. I used a maglight and a LED headlamp to illuminate the arch. as you can see from the many foot impressions that this is a very popular attraction in the park...mostly due to its easier accessibility.

This arch is in nestled among some sandstone fins and sand dunes. Thought it would be so easy to just walk back in there on that sand--heck, all told it was less than a quarter mile once you got off the trail and into the fins. Found that walking in that particular kind of sand was kind of like trying to walk in wet cement! Man, it was WORK! :phew: not even sort of like the sand I am used to which is river sand and very course. This stuff was like fine powdered sugar.

One thing I didn't mention about the hike back in to this arch--about halfway in there the trail (such as it is) narrows to a crack about 3 feet wide. Not a problem for your normal sized hiker, but, alas, I am not a normal sized hiker being wider than the crack! There was a way around the crack but that would involve climbing up a smallish fin and jumping down on the other side but that option wasn't gonna fly for me. While I could climb up there I wouldn't be able to bring myself to jump off the 5-6 foot fin :no: So, I turned sideways, sucked in as much as I could and pressed on with visions the movie of 127 hours marching across my mind. Made it! :thumbsup:

Anyway, hope you like this latest offering from that trip. have a great week!
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Nicely done!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thank you :) Those trail maps the NPS give out are deceptive in thier descriptions of how 'easy' a trail is :rofl: Easy for me is straight line level :phew:
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Well, here's an idea: Take your next vacation in Florida. Talk about flat! :-)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
What a coinicidence! Going to Mexico Beach Fla. in March and meet Bob and Alice :aww: They are how I found you! :lol:
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Well, that's perfect then. A nice time of year to be there and some great company! :-)
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
That's like beach sand, unless you walk at the edge of the surf! :lol:

Excellent shot! :nod:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Thanks Bob. This might be finer than beach sand--it's more like dust.
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Could be sheep shit....
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
One never knows :shrug: Might be bat guano too :iconbatsplz:
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
:giggle:
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