Durid Arch trail is 11 miles round trip. After hiking five and a half miles which included a climbing on a ladder, a dry waterfall, and scrambling up a steep hill, the most outlandish rock formation emerged right in front of me. Druid Arch, the isolated, freestanding, oddly shaped arch took me aback.
Of course I have seen photos of this famous rock formation. I actually planned to hike the trail last time when I was there, but didn’t get the chance to do it (too wet). However, the pictures didn’t do it justice. No picture could adequately portrait a three dimensioned structure. No photo could prepare me to feel so small when I leaned up to look at the towering 450 feet arch! Standing amongst the astonishing, bizarre landscape, I was unable to shake a peculiar sense of wonder that I was on another planet, or in a dream.
And nobody was there. Or at least for half an hour. I had this amazing arch all to myself! Then a group of three showed up. Guess what they did? One of the guys striped himself! He was completely naked! I don’t know what kind of “ritual” he was practicing. But I got his picture (see the last one below)! 🙂
What I do know is in ancient, pre-Christian era, a Druid was a member of priestly class among the Celtic people. The Arch was named due to its resemblance to Stonehenge in England, a place long associated with Druids. One of Druids’ strong beliefs was reincarnation! Perhaps, the man was trying to perform “pre-reincarnation” ceremony. 🙂
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