July 3, 2014

Four Corners Road Trip

Summer road trip time has arrived again! We headed west in June to Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico for hiking and scenic views at 5 fabulous national parks. The driving was relaxing and scenic and the weather was lovely, minus hot hiking a few days.
Highlights:
  • Beautiful blue skies all across Texas and New Mexico
  • Sand hiking at Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • New explorations in Denver and Boulder with friends Cassie & Joe
  • Driving the gorgeous Grand Army of the Republic Highway west out of Colorado, complete with a bear sighting
  • Capitol Reef National Park for hiking, camping and marmot-sightings
  • Beautiful views and SO MUCH HIKING at Zion National Park - walking The Narrows (hiking directly in a cold river in a canyon) will not be forgotten
  • Exploring the cute tourist town of Springdale, Utah and a great stay and killer breakfasts at the Harvest House B&B
  • Great food and drinks at the Zion Brewery, Zion Pizza & Noodle, Whiptail Grill, and Oscar's Cafe (murder burger!) in Utah
  • Fun walks and hoodoo views at Bryce Canyon National Park
  • A strange trip to the cute Dixie National Forest where we were supposed to stay in an old forest guard station for 3 nights - only to find the entrance closed for road maintenance! This is after driving 16 miles on a gravel road, stopping for cowboys driving cattle, and making the reservations 3 months prior. Luckily we were ready to head home anyway and made an easy switch to our plans, otherwise we would have been in trouble.
  • A repeat trip to the Grand Canyon - this time to the more remote North Rim, complete with amazing views and a nighttime star party on the lodge porch
  • 3,400 miles of fun (and lots of podcasts and audiobooks)
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Downtown Denver & Daytrip to Boulder
 Capitol Reef National Park
Zion National Park
A/C Break - Riding the Park Shuttle:
Bryce Canyon National Park
 Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
Trip Treks
Animal Sightings
Pronghorns
Black bear!
Horses
Cattle
Armadillos
Chipmunks
Marmots
Deer
Prairie dogs
Hawks
Bison
TONS of lizards
TONS of hummingbirds - very cool!
TONS of squirrels

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