A Textured Landscape (Arches, part 3 of 4)

Fins of the desert

Landscape Arch is the longest Arch in Arches National Park, measuring 306 feet from base to base. In 1991, a massive slab of rock fell from its underside, resulting in an even thinner ribbon of rock.
[from the Arches National Park website]

SuperDad and I visited here in June of 1990, before Landscape Arch went on a crash diet. This time, I sent him with the kids and the camera while I took 800mg of Ibuprofen and rested my feet.

There is a wideness, a largeness, an immensity of the landscape here at Arches National Park that makes a person feel small and alone. It is a truly awesome place to visit, but I cannot imagine living in such a harsh environment.

But the Wolfe family did live here.  Father and adult son for a decade, alone together, then adult daughter and her family joined them (and convinced the menfolk that a wood floor was a good thing to have).

How would you like to crowd your crew into this fixer-upper?

I hope, for the sake of everyone fitting into this cabin, that they were all as small as my 12yo son (who is 5′ tall).

A Civil War veteran and his family were not the only ones to spend time in this lonesome yet beautiful place.

Art as life, and life as art… can you see it?

Ute people (Native American tribe from this region) moved into this region in the early 1300’s. We know that the horse was introduced to North America by the Spaniards in the mid-17th century; the experts believe these petroglyphs were carved sometime between 1650 and 1850.

looking closer

The state of Utah was named for the Ute Indians.

I learn something new every day.


6 thoughts on “A Textured Landscape (Arches, part 3 of 4)

  1. It’s quite fantastic to see how log cabins have been built in the exact same way in Utah, Canada and in Scandinavia.
    BTW go here http://thehappytrappers.blogspot.se/
    if you want to have a look at what modern day trapping life might look like. I follow Bryan and Vikki’s life – and I really miss their blog during the summer when they “fly out” to the south.

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