Feb 13

Number 25: Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch
Number 25 was taken in Arches National Park, and it is the iconic picture of Delicate Arch. It is probably the most photographed arch in the park, and if you have seen one picture of the Delicate Arch it is almost like any other. The reason that it is my 25th favorite photograph is because it is a must have. If a person collected photographs like they did Football cards it would be like having a John Elway rookie (arguably the greatest quarterback of all time and I am a Chiefs fan) It is special and nice, but a lot of people have one.

It is special to me because the first time I saw this particular Arch was after a full day of hiking in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and like the 22 year old idiot that I was I did not drink enough water that day. It is not a very long hike 1.5 miles and most people would say it is mildly strenuous mostly uphill, but I did not know if I was going to make it. It was early August and I was dehydrated, but it was the only day I was going to be in the area so I was darn sure I was going to make the hike.

A funny thing did happen on the way up. I met a nice German family that spoke very little English and had missed a few cairns along the way, and seemed to be looking at me for help. Well, lucky for them I had mastered the 3 German words that I know guten tag, ja, and nein. With those three words, along with some hand gestures, we were able to find are way to the top. It ended up working out perfectly because they took a picture of me in front of the Arch and I took a picture for them.

I have since made the trip to Arches two more times, and for me every time I turn that last corner and see Delicate Arch it still takes my breath away. If you have never seen Delicate Arch in person before I highly recommend it.

P.S. Make sure you drink plenty of water!!!

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