|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.
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