Saturday, April 3, 2010

Arches National Park!

I had Spring Break for school this weekend, so my parents and I went down to Arches National Park. It was so beautiful!

I learned a lot about the arches while I was down there. Did you know that in order for a hole to be considered an arch it has to have an opening of at least 3 feet? I asked my dad why they called them "arches" instead of "holes" and he said that "Delicate Hole" just wouldn't sound as cool. He's so silly.

The arches are made by erosion caused by water, wind, ice and extreme temperatures - both hot and cold! I didn't think the desert could get so cold, but in the winter the park can get below 0 degrees. It was really windy while we were there, which made my hands really cold, even though the sun was hot.

It was a lot of fun to go hike up to the different arches. You have to be careful to stay on the trails so that you don't bother any of the plants or animals. The hike up to Delicate Arch was the hardest one, it was so steep and long!

I actually stopped to rest a few times.

But finally made it!

I decided to help hold up Delicate Arch for a little while. Someday the erosion that made the arch will also make it fall down. I hope not anytime soon!

Spring is coming, can you see the little green buds on the tree?

My trip was so much fun! Did you do anything fun for Spring Break?


  1. Oh wow, you look like you are having so much fun .. what a beautiful trip. Mama has been to the national parks and seen the arches, but it was before we came to live with her. You are so lucky to get to visit them. Are you getting your badges for each park??

    Ta Ta,

  2. Beautiful photos! That looks like so much fun. I'm glad you had a good trip. The arches are amazing. I wish I could visit there someday, but for now, just looking at your pictures is great.

  3. It looks like you had a lot of fun at Arches National Park! These arches are very cool and I love the picture of you "holding" the one arch up the best. You are very photogenic, Miss Piper! :)


  4. How beautiful the arches are! It must've been a real treat to see them in real life - such a treat after hiking as long as you did!


  5. Oh Piper! It is so gorgeous there! I have visited Utah 3 times and each time, there are more beautiful things to see. You are so lucky to live there. Maybe someday I can visit you if I save up really well.

    I also really like your shirt- it's awesome! Did your Mama make it for you?

    Happy Spring Piper!


  6. You look like you had so much fun, Piper! Where did you get your cute shirt!?

    I picked out paint and started packing up my room over Spring Break so that I could paint it next weekend!

  7. Wow, Piper, you look great there! You are extremely lucky to get to go to such a beautiful place!

  8. Hi Piper,
    It looks like you had a great time! I haven't been to Arches yet, only to the other side of Utah (Zion and Bryce). But my mama has read a lot of Ed Abbey, and he spend a lot of time in Arches, so maybe one day I'll get to go. It would be great to see Delicate Arch in person. I love the pic of you holding it up!

  9. Hey this is Lola Bean- I love your shirt in these pictures! The blue goes so well with your eyes. I'm having a contest and was wondering if you could check it out- thanks!
    Lola Bean :)

  10. That does look like a lot of fun! Over spring break I got to go see some desert, erm, by those standards I guess they'd be holes. Well, maybe your dad is right, because they called them tunnels, not holes! My Addy came with me and she had a lot of fun exploring them. They were "wind tunnels", and were pockets that wind erosion had caused in sandstone. Maybe I'll go to Arches some day; it looks awesome. The pictures you have are great, too.


  11. It looks like you had a great trip- nice pictures!
    I love your shirt, by the way. The fabric is perfect. :)

  12. i just found your blog and love it! your pictures are amazing!

  13. Hey Piper! I am new to your blog, and love it already! Your shirt is absolutely Fabulous!!! My newest Doll Aisha is trying to convince me to let her start a blog, because she loves your's, Inky's and Violet's so much!!!

    Happy Blogging!

    Charlotte :)