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Trip to the Arches National Park

Traveling is a condensed form of education. When we visit different places in life, we immerse ourselves in the reality of the area in the time-space continuum. We learn about the place by being there and absorbing information in time. We can see it, we can feel it, we can appreciate it with all our senses in position in the realm of time and space. Let’s take a trip with the Editor-In-Chief to the Arches National Park in Grand County, Utah, United States! Please, read all about it!

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Photo: By Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze

Everyone wants to educate their mind in one way or the other.  Dictionary.com does some real justice in defining education as “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.” The impartation of knowledge comes in formal and informal ways. Formally, we go to school, and we acquire knowledge through a programmed process, from kindergarten to university. Informally, we are also able to gain information through life experiences. Traveling is a condensed form of education. When we visit different places in life, we immerse ourselves in the reality of the area in the time-space continuum. We learn about the place by being there and absorbing information in time. We can see it, we can feel it, we can appreciate it with all our senses in position in the realm of time and space.

“The best education I have ever received was through travel.” ― Lisa Ling.

We can experience a place by reading about it. However, there is a difference that we feel is from what we understand through books to what we experience by being in the place that we read about in books—time and space record our presence. We become part of the time-space continuum as our presence creates experiential knowledge that is palpable. We experience it live and add it to the chronicles of the places we have been and experienced. Traveling is one of my relished passions―call me a globetrotter, road-tripping buff, highflyer, or sea traveler―I love the thrill of the adventure and the lessons I learn from doing so. So far, road trips are my favorite. I love the kick of relaxing behind the wheels and hitting the road, and assimilating the sights and sounds of places I travel through as I educate my mind. So, where are we going today? The Arches National Park in Moab, Utah in the United States.

The natural beauty of Arches National Park in Utah

On my road trip journey in the summer of 2002, as I traveled from Scottsdale, Arizona, to Spring Green, Wisconsin, my friends and I took another detour when we got into the State of Utah. We made our way 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah, to visit the Arches National Park (NB. This was the same trip where we initially visited the Grand Canyon National Park in northwestern Arizona). The Arches National Park has over 2,000 natural sandstone arches that are preserved in the park. The unusual geological rock formations are breathtaking and astonishing, to say the very least. The landscape of different earthy colors and textures is beautiful and extraordinary. If you share the same passion for adventure and travel like me, the Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, is a fabulous place to explore. If you are up for a thrill of a lifetime, then I think you should take a trip to this park. Here are some of my original pictures of some rock formations that I caught during this trip.

The Landscape Arch

Arches National Park – Longest Span Landscape Arch; Source: Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze

It is a privilege to have seen the Landscape Arch and to have gotten a picture of it. The Landscape Arch is a very slender and large arch that spans 306 feet (93.3 m), making it the most extensive span in the whole park.  It is the widest arch in North America. The weather is taking a toll on this arch, and we hope that it continues to stand and exist for many years to come. Before joining its collapsed geological ancestors (e.g., the Wall Arch), you may want to take a trip to the Arches National Park and view it yourself while you still can do so.  

Balanced Rock

Arches National Park – Balanced Rock; Source: Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze

The Balanced Rock is one of the major stars of the park. It stands tremendously at the height of 128 feet (39m) tall. It comes in at a weight of about 3,600 tons (over 4 million kg). From the pictures I captured in 2002 above, we can see that the forces of nature are eroding this big geological star at the park. Eventually, it will come tumbling down one of these days. However, if you relish such a geological masterpiece, this might be your chance to take a trip to the Arches National Park and view it yourself. The vagaries of nature work their erosive magic on the Balanced Rock, and it will not stand forever.     

The Three Gossips

Arches National Park – Three Gossips Rock; Source: Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze

For a long while, I had been calling the rock formation in the picture I captured above “The Three Maidens” or “The Three Jedi’s.”  In all actuality, its name is “The Three Gossips,” found in the Courthouse Area of the Arches National Park. While looking at the rock formation, there is this feeling that you get that these formations look like human beings that are just having a conversation amongst themselves. Due to how these formations look, they were called “The Three Gossips.”  What could they be gossiping about? They may be talking about the other rock formations or just chatting about people visiting the park. Who knows. All we can assume is that they are just babbling about something while they still stand.

The Garden of Eden? Or Courthouse Towers

Arches National Park – Monument Rock; Source: Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze

The image above that I took, I believe, is in either the Courthouse Towers or the Garden of Eden area of the Arches National Park. Unfortunately, I did not get a name when I took the picture several years back. However, as I was comparing it to a column of geological formation in another picture on Wikipedia, I am leaning more towards asserting that this is a rock formation that stands in the Garden of Eden area close to the balanced rock area park. (NB. I welcome comments from experts of the park to help ascertain whether the assumptions of my pictures are correct).

“Saddle Rock” in the Garden of Eden

Arches National Park – Saddle Rock; Source: Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze

Okay, the official name of this rock is not“Saddle Rock.” However, I perceive that it looks like a saddle from my perspective. I have been keenly observing pictures of rock formation at the Arches National Park, and I am keen to incline that this rock formation is in the Garden of Eden area in the park if my memory serves me right. However, I gladly welcome comments from experts of the Arches National Park to help ascertain whether the assumptions of my pictures are correct. If they negate my assumptions, they can guide me better in locating where this rock formation is at in the park and if it has any specific name.

Here it goes, folks; these are the images and stories I captured in the summer of 2002 when I visited the Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.  The adventurer in me wants to travel again to this grand geological spectacle.  This article is just a preamble of my adventurous spirit.  For all who have never visited the Arches National Park, I encourage you to write it down on your traveling to-do list as one of the places you should visit sometime soon.  If you do visit, we would like to hear about your adventure.  Until then, your comments are welcome concerning this national park.

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Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze is an entrepreneur and the Founder, CEO, Editor-In-Chief of Oaekpost, LLC, a U.S.-based online media company and the parent organization of www.oaekpost.com. He is a multi-niche writer with a wide range of interests in various genres. Agom-Eze is based in the Greater Seattle Area, Washington, and can be reached at ogb@oaekpost.com.

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