I am up early – maybe emails woke me, maybe just my body rested enough after an early night. Either way I wake up refreshed. Continue reading “Day 3: Acadia National Park”
In the morning, we cross town to where my sister’s family is staying, and we all load up into their vehicle for the winding but wondrous drive up to Estes and beyond, to Rocky Mountain National Park.
This morning we have decided we’ll do the hike to Landscape Arch. It’s not a long hike, and relatively flat (as these things go) but it’s been so oppressively hot every day that we decide to start early, bypass all the stops within Arches that precede it, and spend a couple of the cooler morning hours hiking just as far as the viewpoint for Landscape Arch itself. Continue reading “Moab: Arches (Day 11)”
Canyonlands is divided into 3 distinct parks, and on our way into Moab last night, we passed one of them (as well as a town that obviously tried to be the landing place for visits, but ultimately could not compete with Moab for the honor). Continue reading “Moab: Canyonlands (Day 10)”
We leave Monument Valley early, making a (fairly) quick stop at the Four Corners monument before we arrive at Mesa Verde en route to our night in Durango, Colorado. Continue reading “Mesa Verde, and more (Day 8)”
On the whole, this day was slower-paced, as there was no rush…
Continue reading “South Rim (Day 6)”
We’d scrapped plans for a sun-up to sun-down best-of push for our first day, so slept in (missing the only sunrise we might have caught – we’ll just have to go back I guess), but getting out early enough to hike the Rim trail for a stretch before it got too hot. Continue reading “South Rim (Day 5)”
Before we left home for this trip, we’d made last minute adjustments –ultimately deciding to forego the attractions of Page AZ, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell (future trip!), and instead see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
We have a bit of back-tracking at the start – Dad asking me, at one point, if we are going all the way back to Zion – before we meet the road south towards the Grand Canyon, stopping for breakfast and coffee (and the addressing of the ever-present Gas Status Check) but a few hours later we arrive at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Continue reading “North Rim and beyond (Day 4, part 2)”
Dad is up early as always, but his movements get me up to check out the sunrise situation in Bryce. I slip out, letting mom – still in bed – know I have my key and a flashlight, and head out. There’s thunder and lightning (we should stay indoors) but no rain so I hope for the best. Continue reading “The sunrise that wasn’t (Day 4, part 1)”
We wake up early in Zion, packing and getting coffee, enjoying the early morning cool and the changing color of the rising sun on the canyon walls, so we can check out, visit the Zion visitor’s center, and head to Bryce. Continue reading “Bryce (Day 3)”