Saturday, April 16, 2011

Park Avenue

altWe hiked through “Park Avenue” today (Arches National Park).  Named by the early settlers remembering the tall buildings of New York City.  Obviously, less the bustle of people and the traffic gridlock.  Not a long hike (2 miles), but lots to see--full of awesome cliffs, slickrock, green pinion, and purple spring desert flowers.  The color combinations here are striking reds, greens, purple and blue skies.  Happy colors.

IMG_1749Most trails (in the national and state parks, and well-known areas) are marked with cairns--small stacks of rocks—without them it would be easy to lose the trail.  The cairn makers (who I suspect are park employees and volunteers) can get creative with the rock arrangements and it is fun to see what they dream up next.

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