We did it!!!! We made it up the Shafer trail and lived to survive. Not a great achievement for accomplished 4X4 drivers but it's not bad for us. End to end it was 19 miles and took us just over 2 1/2 hours including stops. It was a fantastic experience that beats looking at it from a viewpoint up above. Most of the photo's can be found on Flickr but I've uploaded a few here.
The speed limit sign did makes us laugh. I mean if you could actually see the terrain we were driving over then you'd appreciate that there was no way we would be breaking the speed limit. Even if we were who was going to stop us? I didn't see any speed cameras.
The photo's below show the trail from Dead Horse Point (left) and Dead Horse Point from the trail. I gives you an idea of how high we had to climb at the end of the trail.
We also created a little movie and uploaded it to Google videos. Click on the play button below to view it or click here to view it on the Google Video Web site.
After we reached the top we headed to a picnic area for lunch then went to Arches National Park to see the 'Delicate Arch' at sunset. The guide said this was a 3 mile round trip hike with a 500 feet gain over the trail. More like a 1000 feet and 6 miles. I thought my lungs were going to burst by the time I reached the top. Hoping for a romantic few minutes alone we were disappointed. The viewing area was packed with people trying to take the perfect shot. I have to admit it was worth the walk what a view!!!! The colours seemed to change as the sun went down. All we needed was some peace and quiet, a bottle of champagne and some comfy chairs.
More tomorrow x