Weekly Photo Challenge: Today was a Good Day

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

We spent one day at Arches National Park in Utah by Moab. The rock is full of arches and holes in these giant sandstone walls. Wind and water carve out these beautiful arches.

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It is a long road and every turn you see beautiful sights.

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This one is my favorite, Delicate Arch.

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You can get out and walk around and touch and look or just drive and enjoy the beauty.

Yellowstone National park.

I have been to Yellowstone several times. It is beautiful every time I go. It was the most crowed this time. A lot of times we could not even find a place to park. All the campgrounds were full but we did get a campspot for two different nights. In different places.

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People drive crazy. We pulled off in a small pullout so my son could go see a bubbly mud pot. We could not fit into the regular parking lot. Some idiot zoomed in sideways right in front of our motorhome. The back of his car was even sticking out into the road. We could not even pull out into the road. We honked and he moved a little. People would just pull off halfway on the road and leave their car just to run over to see an animal. I took these from my motorhome.

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When we were leaving the park through the east entrance, there were hundreds of cars lined up to get in. (It was a Saturday.) I have never seen it that busy. I bet it took a couple of hours to get in.

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When we went to see Old Faithful, it was so crowded. We finally found a place to park. Old Faithful erupts about every hour and 20 minutes, give or take 10 minutes. It shoots up really high. It goes for about 4 minutes. I didn’t time it.

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People get the picture and then just walk away while it is still erupting. They got the picture, time to go buy the souvenirs. I sat and watched it go off again. It is beautiful to see.

I went to the gift shop and it was so crowded, that you could not even walk around. My son bought a beautiful walking stick and a nice hat.  DSCN0735

I walked around some hot pools and I like to take pictures of different stuff. This is by the big lake.

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I saw this old dead tree on the ground with little yellow flowers growing around it. I took a picture of it. A guy had to stop and look to see what I was taking a picture of. I guess he just couldn’t believe I was taking a picture of an old rotten tree.

I also saw a beautiful waterfall.

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Up near the north entrance there is a gift shop and hotel and a grassy field. There was a herd of elk laying on the grass.

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They were sleeping while hundreds of people were walking by and taking pictures. They must be used to people.

I got a coffee cup in the gift shop there.

The hot pools are 700 degrees F.

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White Cloud campground, CA

My husband wanted to drive a loop in California to forest campgrounds. The loop starts at I80 and road 20. We got on 20 and saw a campground so we went to check it out. The road was narrow and twisty and turned with trees so close to the road it made it hard to drive with the motorhome. Tree limbs were scraping down the side. We slowly got thru it and left. All the campsites were un level or taken. 

We went further and saw White Cloud campground. We found a nice camp site. It was level and huge. We stayed the night there. The only thing to do is build a campfire. There is no power. So we had a nice campfire.

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We drove the next day looking for campgrounds but they were all awful, small, un-level. We just drove home.

Sink canyon state park in Wyoming

I am not going to put my places on my trip in order. I have been to so many beautiful places this summer. This is one of them. Sinks Canyon State Park features a geologic phenomenon in which the Popo Agie River vanishes into a large cavern (the Sinks) but reappears in a trout- filled pool, the Rise, about half a mile down the canyon. These trout live a leisurely life, with no fishing allowed.

We were on our way to Yellowstone and stopped at Sink Canyon state park for the night.  

We went to the last campground which is in the National forest area. It was right beside a river and no one was around. I like those campgrounds.

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The river was right beside us.

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We had a nice campfire.

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I didn’t see any bears. (See bear box in picture.)

This is the river going into a cave.

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My son walked in the cave, they have a trail to it. I didn’t go.

I took a picture of the beautiful sunrise.

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This is what I saw when I woke up.