We spent what turned out to be our final two nights of camping at Petit Jean State Park near Conway, Ark. Petit Jean is the oldest state park in Arkansas, having been built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930’s. The CCC company was composed of World War I veterans.
We arrived at Thunderbird Lake State Park outside Norman, Okla., yesterday and set up camp in a rainstorm. It rained most of the night, but the weather cleared this afternoon and produced this lovely sunset over the lake.
Tomorrow we continue east into Arkansas.
about 20 miles south of Amarillo, is said to be the second largest canyon in the United States, which must be galling to those Texans who think their state is supposed have the biggest of everything. Still, it’s a beautiful spot.
Canyonlands National Park is about 30 miles from Arches. It too has fascinating rock formations, but in some ways it’s a different experience. Part of the reason is that it’s more remote and so has fewer visitors.
The park has three sections that are not connected to each other: Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze, which can be reached only by four-wheel drive or water.
We went to Island in the Sky, the most accessible. Island in the Sky is essentially a giant triangular plateau formed by the Colorado and Green Rivers, which meet at the southern end.
Like Arches, the photos really tell the story of Canyonlands.
We spent a day exploring Arches National Park in Utah. This is an amazing place, full of all sorts of stone formations and, well, arches. It’s the kind of place where the photos tell the story.
We have begun our annual migration to North Carolina. We left Thursday and made a stop-over at a state park outside Pendleton, Ore., which gave Robin an opportunity to visit the Pendleton Woolen Mills store. After one night in Idaho, we are now in Utah, heading for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
We were planning to camp at Utah Lake State Park, but the campground was closed, even though it was supposed to be open until the end of the month. We ended up staying in a commercial campground just down the road from the park.
Today we walked over to the park, which was pretty deserted except for a few people fishing. The park has a big marina, which was also nearly empty.
We spent a day at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. The park contains not only lots of petrified wood but also the Painted Desert and numerous other interesting geological features.