As I began to take this photo, only Larry's tummy was visible in the viewfinder.
I teased him about his belly sticking out and asked him to step back.
We were already laughing when he stepped backwards and tripped on a rock
that happened to be there! He fell on his butt, but only his pride was injured,
and he had no trouble hiking out to the car.

Sunday, October 3: -  -  This morning we set out for Corona Arch, which is just a few miles northwest of Moab.  We hiked uphill for a while at the beginning then the trail leveled out over 'slickrock', which is what they call large slabs of sandstone.  Fortunately it is not as slick as most rocks when it is dry, and you can walk on it even when it is at quite a steep slope. The trail required we use hand-and-foot holes in the slickrock in one place, and we had to use a short ladder soon after that.  This area greatly frustrated a few people who were hiking with their dogs.  We had no trouble of course and hiked on to the arch. A lot less people were at this location compared to the Negro Bill Trail. -  - In late afternoon we drove out to Dead Horse State Park, which sits atop a high bluff overlooking the canyons where the Colorado and Green Rivers flow together.  The edge of the bluff drops off almost straight down to the canyons below. They call it Dead Horse because it's on a peninsula that is only 30 feet wide at one point.  Cowboys blocked off the peninsula at that point and used it to corral wild horses years ago.  One time they forgot to provide water and the horses died of thirst, and hence the name. -  - We picnicked watching the sun set over the canyon. After sunset we headed back to Moab, but we stopped out in the middle of nowhere at an overview point, let the light of dusk slowly disappear, and then we looked at the stars.  With no light around, the sky was ablaze with millions of stars.  We saw quite a few criss-crossing aircraft, one shooting star, and one satellite, too. The river is the Colorado.  We are off on our hike to Corona Arch. Corona Arch is on the right.
Besides Chuck in the foreground, you can see me in the distance to the left of the arch. Sitting in the shade of the arch.  Lots of people sit in the shade of arches. - There sure aren't many trees! Looking straight up at the arch.
The rail line to a nearby potash mine.  One train a week runs to the mine. I could have climbed to the top of the arch using this line of hand-holes. - I decided not to because it might have irritated my bad toe joint. - I did not want to be hobbling around Moab for the next week instead of hiking! - So I turned around at the point you see me.

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