Violent forces lasting millions of years have produced one of the most peaceful and inspiring sites on Earth, Arches National Park in Utah.
We knew that small parking lots at trail heads fill up quickly on busy days so we left early this morning, thinking a Monday would be a good bet. It worked.
Formed by water and ice, extreme temperatures and salt movement underground, more than 2,000 arches grace the park.
We started with the most popular, Delicate Arch, and the three-mile trek was almost as spectacular as the destination. By the time we returned to our car, the parking spaces were full. The park is expanding the lot, making us speculate about the resulting crowded conditions at the arch.