The day started out sunny but cold, and we made our way to Arches National Park. We got to Arches National Park late in the morning, and unfortunately, it was a little too cold to spend much time hiking around, but we got to see tons of arches from the car. We learned the difference between an arch and a bridge- a bridge is formed by flowing water, like a stream, but an arch is formed by small amounts of water seeping into cracks in the rock or by the wind.
Then we stopped at a cool rest stop...
We headed out from Four Corners around 5 pm, and got to Cortez before stopping for the night. Next stop- Mesa Verde!
Day 15 (Monday, November 12):
We headed out early from Cortez to Mesa Verde, Colorado. Due to the delicate nature of the ruins, a tour guide had to take us (and a group of people) into the ruins to explore a bit.
What a cool experience!
After Mesa Verde, we had a decision to make. It was only day 15, and we had hit all the places we really wanted to see. So, should we go home? Lame. To Texas? Where?!?
A couple of months ago, Zeke found a cool retreat place with yurts and personal hot tubs that was pretty inexpensive. And it's in Arkansas! Hey, what's a couple hundred more miles?
So we readjusted our GPS and headed to Arkansas, making our reservations on the way. We got to Amarillo, Texas that night (surprisingly, they didn't really have much of an accent), and slept in a hotel.
Day 16 (Tuesday, November 13):
We left Amarillo and headed out toward Arkansas and our waiting yurt. It was a long drive.
Day 17 (Wednesday, November 14):
We spent the day exploring nearby towns and parks in Arkansas.
We spent the evening hanging out in the hot tub and eating leftover catfish. It was a great last day before heading back home.
Day 18 (Thursday, November 15):
We started out early from our Yurt... it was hard to say goodbye, but I think we were both ready to be home. We drove north back to Iowa. We got home around eight that evening, fed the turtle and the fish, and started re-adjusting to life back at home.
What an awesome trip! We are blessed.
If you missed the first part of our trip, click here for Days 1-4!