Yesterday was a strange day for us. The wind was up most of the day so we decided that since it was a full moon that evening we would hang around the coach to avoid being sandblasted during the day then head out to Arches for some sunset photos after supper. I promised Storm that I would be happy with any Arch and would not hold out for the long drive and 1.5 mile (each way) hike to Delicate Arch for the iconic photo that so many seek. Everything seemed to be falling into place as we pulled into the park and headed to the Windows arch section (closest Arches to the entrance). The golden afternoon sunlight washed the park in such warm colors – we were psyched about getting at least some pretty pictures if not “the” picture. Imagine our dismay as we parked, gathered our equipment and headed up to the arches only to have the sun go behind a cloud bank and all of the golden light vanish. Now some people would be discouraged by this but not me and Storm because not only did the light disappear, but so did all of the other people. We wound up with an arch all to ourselves to photograph as much as we wanted. So we worked on using what little “blue light” (Pilots refer to this light as Civil Twilight) we could find, then waited for the full moon to rise in hopes that we could get a shot of that (no such luck, but we did get the cool shot of other people in the arch taking pics of the moon). After we returned home the wind gradually increased to a point the during the night that I felt like the coach would rise up off its wheels. Not much sleep for me as the howling wind and rocking house were too unsettling for rest. The next morning the air was filled with “Utah Pollen” or as we call it back home DUST!
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