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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Moab, UT

Saturday morning, I left San Antonio and flew to Salt Lake City where I connected to Grand Junction, Colorado. My ultimate mission was to drive to Moab, Utah, to get a picture of me with "The Delicate Arch."

Moab was a couple of hours by car from Grand Junction, but the drive was beautiful I checked into the Hampton Inn after driving around looking for a hotel with vacancies. I drove out to the national park that evening and looked up at the stars. Out in the middle of the dessert with no artificial light, the sky was absolutely amazing. I don't think I've ever seen a more amazing celestial sight. The next morning, I was in Arches National Park by 7:00 am. It was about 50 degrees, and a beautiful day. I wore my Indian Kurta, since I had only packed three kurtas as I'd planned to be in India.

When I took the above picture, I was alone in the dessert. I was startled by a loud sound--it turned out to be a bird flapping its wings. More sights from Arches National Park:

Getting to the Delicate Arch required driving through the national park for about 15 miles or so, then a hike of a mile and a half, all up hill. Just after this high narrow path,

I finally came to the object of my journey:

You can't really get the perception of how big it actually is, until you see me standing underneath it:

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