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WHERE AM I? Golden Arches


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 thou- sands 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


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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? ¿


DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWER? Enter our “Where Am I?” contest online at scouting magazine.org/WhereAmI. Or, send your thought along with your name and home address in a letter to Where Am I?, Scouting magazine, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015- 2079. One entrant will be selected 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.


LOOK FOR a special summer edition of the Where Am I? contest starting July 1 at scouting magazine.org/WhereAmI.


CHUCK SUTHERLAND


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