Arches National Park, UT

Father's Day

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Mom went back to the car because it was too hot (108 degrees).
I decided to take the Primitive Trail to the Double O Arch.
The trail was a lot longer then I realized, and no shade.
It was 108 degrees.

After leaving the sandy flatland, the trail headed into the rock formations.
The trail headed up and over many "fins." The main trail had a gradual rise to the Double O Arch. The Primitive Trail stayed in the flatland and then had a sharp rise to the Arch.

After I climbed the above formation, I decided to rest. (actually I was pooped and had to rest) While resting and deciding if I had enough water to continue, "Jim from New Orleans" came from the other direction. We sat together and talked for awhile. He had excess water and filled my half empty jug. That really made it possible for me to complete the hike. I asked him to stop at the parking lot and look for the New York car and tell mom that I'll be about one hour behind him.
I wish I would have taken a picture of him.

About 10 minutes after I passed Jim, about 5 college guys passed.
That's when I found out that it would have been easier to hike in the other direction.

By the time I climbed up to the Double O Arch, I was too tired to walk around it. I still had 2 hours of hiking to get back to the car.
If you look close, there is one arch on top and another smaller on the bottom.

One of the creatures which I met while looking for shade.
He was about 12" long and would not move.
I guess he had trouble finding shade also.

This was taken just after Mom poured water on my head and gave me some of the ice water we had in the car. The hike was about 7.5 miles and 5.5 hours.
I met this fellow on the trail when I was almost back to the car. He did not have any water and was hiking to the same arch I just came back from. I told him not to go anywhere without water. He was still thinking about going without water.

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