Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

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I’ve been so blessed to have been able to visit so many wonderful parks and places last year that I’ve fallen behind with my photo editing and developing.
This is from a road trip I took back in Nov. 2010.
Theresa and I hiked up to Delicate Arch after our sunrise hike out to Landscape Arch.
This hike was a strenuous 3 mile hike over open slip rock, no shade, and one part was open cliff face with no barrier. Along the open sliprock there are cairns marking the trail, but I missed one and we hiked up about 1/4 mile before I realized I hadn’t seen a cairn in some time so we turned around. Sure enough I missed one. I’m glad we decided to do this hike after sunrise rather than in the dark.
Having now done this hike I feel confident that I would be able to find my way up here again with my headlamp and torch.

The young woman here doing the Yoga pose Warrior 3 was fantastic. She recited poetry, and she and a friend later sang a duet standing under the arch just there. Oh, it’s so long ago now I can’t remember all the words, but it was about the simple things that make you happy. It was such a wonderful and spiritual experience being up here. Those of you who have climbed to high places or sat near the sea, or been deep in the forest know what I’m talking about I am sure.
Though I have forgotten the words to the song I will never forget the feeling of peace, and happiness I felt on this morning. I am grateful for the gifts of song and poetry she and her friend gave those of us who hiked up the sliprock to Delicate Arch on the morning of November 7, 2010.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35mm@ 20mm| f18| 1/60 sec| Manual Mode| On a Tripod
Total Hike 3 miles
Ascent 480 feet

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