|Examine the photo and clues below to pinpoint this location. Choose right and you could win a $100 BSA Supply Group gift card.
Envision one small sand particle and multiply that by billions. Then, consider vicelike compression and sand hardened to rock. Factor in a river that carved away at nature’s handiwork. The final result? A web of colorful sandstone formations, ridges, and wide-bellied gorges chiseled thousands of years ago.
Earth knew what she was doing when she etched out this destination: an archway taller than 100 feet. It’s home to a bird’s-eye view of luscious green forest canopy below. The arch has a sibling, a smaller formation that connects to its north side and creates an “M” in golden-hued sand.
To get here, I hiked deep into a remote park (spanning a state line) and climbed a series of wooden walkways to summit the wide archway. The effort yields a sight of emerald-leafed pine, oak, and chestnut trees.
Look closely and you might even spot rare lichens or a thorny berry bush growing in the arches’ shallow soil. Find a comfortable perch and sit for a while.
What took Earth years to create is a view to enjoy for hours. Join me! But first: Where Am I?
HOW TO WIN
Do you know the answer? Click here to enter
our "Where Am I?" reader contest. Submissions are limited to one answer (or entry) per person.
We’ll take all of the correct answers and select one entrant at random to receive a $100 gift card to the BSA’s Supply Group.
The deadline is Monday, June 25, 2012.
The winner and correct answer will be announced at blog.scoutingmagazine.org
shortly after the deadline.
Photograph by Chuck Sutherland