Sunday, August 10, 2008

Famed Arch Collapsed in National Park

We don't really think about it; they've been around so long it seems like forever. Another stone arch in a National Park has collapsed. All we have left are photos and a pile of rubble. In a few days, after the Forest Service cleans up, even the rubble will be gone.

The famed, much loved and photographed Wall Arch at Arches National Park was visited by thousands over the years in Moab, Utah. The arch was first reported and named in 1948. Among the 2,000 arches in the park, the free-standing Wall Arch was the twelfth in size with an arch opening under the span of 71 feet wide, 33.5 feet high.

Sometime during the night of Thursday, August 14, the Wall Arch succumbed to age, erosion, and gravity. Eventually, we all do. The Earth and Universe are constantly changing, the old falls away, and the new created. It is how all things are and have always been. It cannot be changed by the mere whim or demand of man.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


dcat said...

I am so fortunate to have seen it before!

Well now we have pictures of it and what once was. It is sad.

Gayle said...

What a shame. Yes, it's quite natural, but I'm sorry to read about it. I've been there several times.

Indigo Red said...

You both are very fortunate to have seen the formation before it fell. Doing this post, I realized that Arches National Park is only about 6.5 hrs drive from my home. I really have no excuse for not having seen this beauty.

Mike's America said...

And no one tried to blame it on Bush and Global Warming?


Indigo Red said...

And it would have been so easy, too. Look at the pictures...there's plenty of bushes to blame.