The day started with some relatively clear weather — the storms of the previous night had moved along. This was our last day in the Moab area so we were heading the Arches National Park. We left early to beat the inevitable crowds and managed to spend half of the day walking a few short trails and touring some of the various overlooks. We spent some time near the campground (Devils’ Garden), but we could only picnic in the area as the campground was closed in 2017.

By the time lunch was over, the trails to the ‘Landscape Arch’ were chock full. So was the ‘Windows’ Area, so we left the crowds an headed to the Islands in the Sky district of the Canyonlands.

Unfortunately, and this was thematic though our trip, the national parks are being invaded by day-trippers who are un-aware of park rules, have an incredible need to climb on important park features to take ‘selfies’, and are just so irritatingly ignorant of the importance of preservation, that it is difficult to tolerate the environs once the cretins have lifted themselves out of their hotel rooms and descended like locusts into the park areas. Aside from not wanting to commit homicide, it is quite difficult to actually see and photograph any of the important features of the parks without also capturing some damn fool destroying the parks for future generations. I’m damned if I’m going to take a photograph that will just serve to enrage me every time I look at it!!!

OK, with that little rant out of the way, here are some of sights we *did* get to see and some photos of same!