But one year ago, we were exploring Arches National Monument in the dry, early spring Utah climate. Cool nights with light frosts and sunny days with temperatures in high 50's made for perfect hiking conditions. It's a quiet time in the Southwest, so visitors have the fascinating erosional landscape themselves. So we explored the "Windows", "Delicate Arch", "Devils Garden" and other formations with the snow covered La Sal Mtns visible to the east. An incredible windswept rock landscape dotted with Utah juniper; it's twisting, often-dead branches seem to epitomize the struggle of life with little water and plenty of wind. It's obvious why it is home to the peregrine falcon, raven and big horn sheep.