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Having lived in Wisconsin for a long time has given me the wrong impression that I know what the U.S. looks like. After taking a road trip this summer, however, I realized how silly of me it was to make such an audacious assumption. Today I am going to take you to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.¬†Utah didn’t feel at all like the U.S. I thought I knew. No snow, no lakes, no badgers! Instead I saw beautiful rock formations, canyons and desert flats that made me feel like I had left Earth somewhere on the road from Colorado.

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The delicate arch is a widely-recognized landmark of the Arches National Park and a must-visit spot in the park. As you drive all of the tiny rocks that you see through your car window seem so small, but once you actually get out on your feet and walk up close, you feel tiny and insignificant. Can you believe all of these formations were the result of thousands of years of wind and rain pounding on the rocks?

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Driving through the park is already an experience you won’t forget, but hiking it makes you forget the world you came from. The pictures don’t quite reflect how dangerous it felt for me to stand next to the Delicate Arch with the wind blowing so much that I thought I would fall into the abyss if I blinked too long. Apparently, I am not quite adventurous enough since there were kids running around like they were at the gym while I carefully tried to not look like a statue.

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Unfortunately, I only spent an afternoon at the Arches National Park, but I would spend an entire week there – hiking, canoeing, camping – you name it. I heard that star gazing underneath the Delicate Arch is quite magical. - Pati

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Want to keep globetrotting? Check out other globetrotting posts here, here and here.

3rd photo by Tyler Schappe

All other photos by Pretty Talk

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5 Comments

  1. Posted 01.12.2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Another beautifully done blog. Your design is quite lovely & I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog entries. :) The photos are very lovely.

    I’ve driven through Utah and stopped at a few places along the way towards California… but WOW. This is absolutely gorgeous. I am definitely an explorer. I crave nature. So this is beautiful… thank you for sharing. :)

  2. Posted 01.15.2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I don’t travel much and I forget how big this world is.

    On a side note, I almost went to Madison for a communications degree–I’m envious! I instead stayed in MN and am pursuing comm. with graphic design. I’m glad to see you are working as an art director.

    Jane

    • patyleemo
      Posted 02.04.2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      MN is awesome too! also, graphic design rocks ;)

  3. Posted 01.28.2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    wow! impresionante lugar. I like the photos too

  4. Posted 01.31.2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen pictures of this before! It is amazing, have you seen the largest swing videos? Found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B36Lr0Unp4

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