On the Road Again, and Again, and Again

After our¬†Canyonlands National Park¬†adventure, we were back on the road again, traveling from Moab to Denver, CO… or so we thought. Taking a trip in the autumn months has become increasingly difficult as time has gone on. We were snowed out of Wyoming and missed southern Yellowstone back in September, enjoyed some good weather in Zion, shivered through a couple nights traveling through northern Utah to Moab, then almost froze in Grand Junction, CO. Although our plan was always to go to Denver, an impending snow storm changed those plans. We rerouted south to the Comfort Inn & Suites in Alamosa, CO for our version of “Treat Yo’self 2017” (all my “Parks and Recreation” fans out there will understand that reference) and hid indoors from the cold for the night. Then, it was ever onward to Albuquerque, NM. Continue reading “On the Road Again, and Again, and Again”

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Canyonlands National Park — Moab, Utah

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Island in the Sky at Canyonlands National Park greets you with a spectacular view of Shafer Canyon.

As if Snow Canyon State Park, Zion National Park, and Arches National Park didn’t seal the deal enough, Canyonlands was the icing on the delicious red velvet cake that is Utah and solidified the last couple weeks as our favorite leg of the trip thus far. It was only fitting that we spent our last day in Utah fully immersed in the Canyonlands scenery. Since we started with Arches, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Canyonlands except probably more of the same. Boy, was I wrong.

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Arches National Park — Moab, Utah

After leaving Zion, the next big destination on our list that we had been dying to see was Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. We would have liked to have spent some time in Bryce Canyon as well, which was closer to Zion, but the scenic byway to get there had lots of posted signs warning us that 8% grades and small, windy roads would prove difficult for a towing vehicle. The campgrounds near that area were also either full or too expensive for our taste. Unfortunately, we had to make the decision to skip Bryce Canyon for these reasons. We weren’t happy about it because we had heard many recommendations from people to at least stop by there and the pictures looked incredible. If you have the chance to explore Utah, I would definitely recommend Bryce Canyon for at least a few hours. We will be adding this to our ongoing list of places we’d like to go the next time around, as we’ll inevitably be spending more time in Utah in the future. But, for this trip, Arches and Canyonlands awaited! Continue reading “Arches National Park — Moab, Utah”

Zion National Park — Angel’s Landing

Our introduction to Utah has been, without a doubt, my favorite couple of weeks of the whole trip thus far. After the snow drove us out of Wyoming, we stayed for a few days in Brigham City, followed by St. George, and now we find ourselves in Moab at the gates of the beautiful Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Aside from the fact that I was not aware of such startling beauty in topography and geography until now, the people we’ve met in this jaw dropping state have been incredible as well. Continue reading “Zion National Park — Angel’s Landing”

Now, One For the Ladies — and Play it Loud!

A rather strange thing happened to me the other day while we were staying in St. George, Utah. It was something I had never experienced before and caught me completely off guard. I was surprised, flattered, uncomfortable, nervous and proud all at once. So, out with it already. What happened? Continue reading “Now, One For the Ladies — and Play it Loud!”

A Day in the Life of a Road Warrior

As full time travel trailer road warriors, one might wonder what an average day looks like for us. Well, herein lays your answer. An average day for the outdoorsy RV couple does not differ much from the average day of anyone else… on the weekend. Yes, our lives are basically like one continuous weekend. I wouldn’t say vacation, because it’s definitely not all fun and games, but it’s not as stiff and contrite as a normal weekday by far. There is no punching in or out, but there are still very early alarms, stressful travel days, dealing with the inadequacies of campground organizations, the complications pets bring, and much more to cause plenty of anxiety. Despite that, most days make up for the stress in record time. Check out our version of the “daily grind” below: Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Road Warrior”

A Land Before Time — Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

 

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My apologies for all the lens flare in my red rock photos. I was shooting into the sun and have yet to buy a lens hood. It looks artsy though, right? This is in Snow Canyon State Park on the Red Sands trail.

Since the last time I wrote, we have traveled from Brigham City to Snow Canyon State Park in southwest Utah. We are right on the outskirts of the Red Cliff National Conservation Area and about an hour from the entrance of Zion National Park. This is by far our favorite area that we have visited. We have been obsessing over the geological beauty of this part of the country since we entered it. Continue reading “A Land Before Time — Snow Canyon State Park, Utah”

Uncertainty on the Road

Tentative: My future. My career. My location. My direction. My dreams. My plans. My life.
Tentative: Our next campground. Our route. Our departure time. Our arrival time. The duration of our stay.
Tentative: The length of our trip. Our lifestyle. Our goals.

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The sun slipping over the hills in Three Forks, MT.

For the last three weeks, my entire life has been tentative. Continue reading “Uncertainty on the Road”

Glory in the Hardships

Our world is ever changing. There is never a day in this life that is easy, predictable, or without its challenges. I have found that it is the challenges that make life interesting. The only way to truly know your worth is to challenge yourself to succeed when everything that can go wrong does. Maybe this is my inner Capricorn, Type A, stubborn, determined, never take the easy road self shining through, but it has served me well thus far. Without learning to adapt and constantly challenging myself, I would never be where I am today. Continue reading “Glory in the Hardships”

A Common Sense Guide to Good National Parks Etiquette, Because Good Sense Isn’t Common

As our time spent within national parks increases, there are a few glaringly apparent things that I’ve noticed. Mostly, that it seems a lot of people fail to comprehend how they should act within a national park. Although the term “common” sense would imply that this is knowledge most people should have, I find that people tend to understand things at completely different levels. Nothing is truly “common.” Continue reading “A Common Sense Guide to Good National Parks Etiquette, Because Good Sense Isn’t Common”