From the Garden Of Eden to the Fiery Furnace and Beyond… Arches NP

You can easily drive the road into Arches National Park and get a feel for the beauty and geology of the area. On a hundred degree plus day, it’s tempting to do just that! We didn’t, but I’ll confess that our walks were short.

Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina: Peggy and I have now moved on from our large beach house on the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina where we were entertained by our kids and grandkids for a week. Peggy was treated royally in honor of her 70th Birthday. (Okay, I was spoiled too.) Eventually, I’ll do a post on OBX. Presently we are in an RV campground in Roanoke Rapids, not far from the Virginia border on an unexpected layover day.

When we arrived here yesterday, I noticed that we could get a mobile RV service to come by and fix the water line running to our pump from our fresh water tank. It hasn’t worked since shortly after we left home. Given that most RV repair shops are booked solid for weeks during the summer, we hadn’t had an opportunity to repair it.

Rufus and Cleve arrived at five in Rufus’s brand new ‘shop,’ a 2020 Hemi. It would be hard to find two guys more country— from their looks to their accents. But they were genuine, fun and knowledgeable. Eventually, they found the problem. The plastic water tube buried beneath the water pump in an extremely difficult place to get at was twisted and frayed. Cleve returned this morning with new tubing to finish the job.

The plastic tube delivering water to our pump was twisted and frayed with a pin-prick sized hole in it. The tube was buried down in the innards of our van.
Cleve had a rooster ringtone on his phone and a rooster tat on his arm. I asked him about it. “I just really like roosters,” he explained to me in his deep country drawl.

Today, I am continuing my series on Arches National Park. So far I have done posts on Balanced Rock and the road into Arches. In this post, I will start just beyond Balanced Rock at the Garden of Eden and follow the main road on to the the Fiery Furnace and beyond.

I am not sure why this section is called the Garden of Eden. I don’t think Adam and Eve would want to live here. Where would they find an apple tree? On the other hand, there are plenty of serpents. And lots of impressive rocks. The woman hiking up to the pinnacles provides a perspective on their size.
The big fellow on the right is known as Owl Rock.
Here is a close up of the giant pinnacle with its ‘owl head’ staring down at me.
The Garden of Eden also has some impressive cliffs.
Visitors are welcome to wander among the rocks in the Garden of Eden as long as they stay off of the easily damaged desert soil.

A final view before heading on to the Fiery Furnace.

We were amused to go from the Garden of Eden to the Fiery Furnace. Turns out it isn’t so fiery if you go walking along the rock and tree shaded trails. The trails were closed because of Covid-19, however. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
This jumble of rocks was found nearby.
As were these colorful pinnacles. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
I thought of the rock on the left as The Troll. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
Continuing our drive into the park we came on these dramatic fins.
A more distant perspective.
There was a path that led back into the fins. Peggy posed for me. Because there were a number of people on the narrow trail, we used our masks.
As the day went on and the heat increased, clouds began to form and create a backdrop for our photos. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.).
I’ll conclude today’s post with this scene from along the road.

NEXT POST: Peggy and I drive to the end of the road and go for a walk along the Devil’s Garden trail.

29 thoughts on “From the Garden Of Eden to the Fiery Furnace and Beyond… Arches NP

    • Yeah, Ray, the heat is a bit of a downer. 🙂 Best to visit in the fall and spring. We’ve had more than our share this trip but it goes with traveling in the summer. From Texas on we’ve added humidity to the equation! At least on the Outer Banks, we could run out and jump in the ocean for a bit of body and boogie board surfing. –Curt

  1. Thanks for taking me along to Arches. We were in the neighborhood last fall, but we were on the backside outside the park boundaries. I called it the middle of nowhere. I don’t remember now, but I think I may have forgot to finish that adventure. We did see some Arches formations peeking over the hills in the distance. It’s a fun place… though maybe not this time of year. I don’t do well with heat.

    • Laughing. There’s a ‘lot of middle of nowhere” out there Gunta, although Arches had plenty of people. We found our lonely roads outside the parks. Backroads are one of the joys of travel from my perspective. We will be climbing back on them Saturday as we complete our family visits and make our way west from Virginia. Glad you are enjoying Arches. I have thee more posts on the park! –Curt

  2. I’m greatly enamoured of your Rooster Man! He had to be as much fun as the rock formations. What you called fins looked to me like slices of toast in an old-fashioned toast rack — now I want some (toast, not fins).

    • He was a character, that’s for sure, Linda. 🙂 And better yet, he knew what he was doing. As for looking like toast, I’m surprised that a nautical gal like you didn’t think of a school of sharks. –Curt

  3. In Bali Roosters are everywhere and we loved them. The sound of roosters and the sweeping brooms are the signs of morning breaking with the obligatory but lovely breakfasts of pancakes and coffee soon following.
    Great rock formations, Curt. Travel are such great storage for memories.

    • I’m reminded of the old rhyme, Gerard. “Wake up you sleepy head. Wake up, get out of bed.” To wake up in Bali with pancakes and coffee would be an added plus! I could get used to that. 🙂 –Curt

  4. Glad you found someone able to fix your water line.
    The Garden of Eden sure does leave a lot to be desired – not one sprout anywhere! Just sticking up in that heat in the middle of nowhere. 👿

    • I have to wonder if there was a spring somewhere, G, a little oasis. We were really pleased to get the water-line fixed. And I for one, was quite glad it didn’t turn out to be something simple that I should have caught. 🙂 –Curt

  5. Happy birthday, Peggy. Glad you were able to celebrate so well.
    We loved Arches even if some of the formations are misnamed. I’m in agreement on that Garden Of Eden name. In fact, why would any rocks qualify for the term garden. And yet, it’s OK. Memorable names are just part of the charm, I suppose. And, with many things, nobody asked me!! Stay safe!!

    • Peggy says thanks, Rusha. 🙂 As for names, some really seem to work. Others not so much. At a minimum, they provide a point of reference. I always enjoy coming up with my own. –Curt

    • We are about to begin our journey back west, Karen. Planning to take a month and wander leisurely (and safely) now all of our family visits are over! Hope all is well with you given the bad weather and the pandemic. As the old saying goes, “it never rains but it pours!” Be safe. –Curt

  6. Rufus and Cleve are the best country names ever! And I love roosters too, just not enough to have one around. I get neighbors and friends begging all the time for me to take a rooster off their hands, they insist my hens need one. The answer is always the same: “Nope”

    So I answered my own question. In response to your comment on my blog I asked where you guys were. This post answers the question. So glad you got your water line fixed!

    • “I love roosters too, just not enough to have one around.” Or, I assume, have one tattooed on your arm, Crystal. 🙂 On the waterline… Now we can camp out in the boonies again! As for where we are: Near Washington DC in Purcellville at our daughter’s. On Saturday we will start making our way west. –Curt

  7. Wow. Dem are some rocks! So impressed with your travels and discoveries, Curt. You make me wish I was along for the drive. Which, via your blog, I am. Interesting names for the rocks, eh?
    I’m glad Cleve likes roosters. Your post reminded me of our pet rooster called Big Cid. He would attack any strangers that came into our yard and especially if they came near us children. He moved so fast, it was hard to catch him to prevent him from doing his duties of guard-rooster.

    • Oooh, a guard rooster! Now that’s something to crow about. 🙂 You were part of his flock. Glad to have you along on our travel’s Cynthia.We have ever so much more than Arches, but I can’t bring myself to leave it until I have finished posting photos of the incredible rock sculptures! Thanks. –Curt

  8. Curt, I live in Utah and I’m always wanting to go back to Moab and spend more time in Arches. First time I went down there was back in 1999, returned there in 2003, last trip to Moab in 2018 (didn’t get a chance to stop in the park, due to traffic and crowds). However, I wanted to share you my experience with the park, Delicate Arch was probably the roughest hike up the hill, due to my issues with my knee. I almost popped it off by close by the last bend of the hike, with that big boulder sticking out. Hurt like heck, but I finally reached my goal of getting there to take some good pictures of the arch. Now I really have that desire to get back there with my wife and let her see the park for a bit. She may not like the hikes, but she’ll get the idea on why I love the park.

    Be safe on your travels and good luck to you and your wife!

    • You have numerous treasures in Utah, Dave! It is a beautiful state. And by all means, take your wife to Arches! Even driving the roads is a treat! Peggy and I hiked up to the overlook for Delicate Arch. It was three by the time we got there and we had been out all day. Beautiful, though! My post today includes photos of the Arch. –Curt

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