… and Roll
Now that I’ve rocked you with my concert recaps, let’s roll on down the highway for a couple of road trips I took this summer.
Arches National Park
The view most people know of Utah
It’s no surprise to my regular readers that I like to travel. It’s fun, I get to see new places and it gives me a chance to use up all of my vacation days throughout the year.
In the 21 years I’ve lived in Utah, I had never been to Moab until April of this year, when we went to TequilaCon 2009 in Santa Fe. We passed through Moab both driving down there and coming home. We also passed Arches National Park, which I found out that my wife had never been to [as I had not either]. So we decided to plan a trip during the summer.
Turns out the weekend we went was not only our one year wedding anniversary, it was also free entry to all national parks. Double Bonus!
So without further rambling, I’ll let some of the photos we took document the trip.
the pathway to Delicate Arch
Who knew I was that strong?
A Window To The Sky
Welcome To The Grand Canyon
Every year, my daughter and I take a trip somewhere. Just the two of us. Previous years, we’ve been to Denver and San Francisco. This year, we discussed various locations that were within a reasonable driving distance.
My daughter had never been to the Grand Canyon. I had never been to either the North Rim or South Rim – only Grand Canyon West. So we started making our plans to go in August.
Now most people know that Arizona and August mean extreme heat. But it turns out the North Rim of the Grand Canyon isn’t as warm. The temps are much cooler there. But enough about the weather, let the pictures tell the story.
Grand Canyon North Rim
Tiffany, excited and happy
Nothing like getting photobombed by a squirrel.
And the next day, we went to the South Rim, where it was much warmer but still bearable, so long as we had water to drink.
Grand Canyon South Rim
The Unofficial Entrance to the South Rim
Afraid of heights? not this time.
… and neither is Tiffany
It looks Photoshoped, but it’s not. We were there.
Photobombed at the South Rim, too.
The Official Entrance to the South Rim
And that’s the end of the summer, as far as road trips go.
I love the photos! I love the squirrels too! I have got to get to Utah. I really want to do one of those Moab off-roading trips with my dad.
Isn’t it amazing to have these national treasures, especially so close by? It’s beat that we live in a nation with such a variety of natural beauty 🙂
Fantastic! It’s all so damn BIG! Makes me feel very small on my very tiny island looking at those 🙂
Glad you all had a great Summer!
kilax – Yes, amazing to see these sites in person. To take it all in. And you should visit Moab. It’s very fun and lots to do and see.
penelope – I was amazed at how big all of it is. In person gives it an entirely new perspective.
Awesome!!! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to the Moab. It’s just incredible.
Oh! And happy anniversary!
Love the one of you holding the rock. lol. And the pregnant squirrel! WTF?? lol
Awesome! Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures!
wendy – Thank you. Holding the rock was better than me standing next to one of those rocks that looks like a penis. lol And yes, that last squirrel was pregnant.
sybil law – You are most welcome. Glad you enjoyed them.
i simply must get there. so beautiful. i appreciate your sharing your photos. thanks!
Wow, amazing photos. Must find time to take my g/f and her little one up to the Grand Canyon. Seeing those breathtaking shots really brought it home how amazing it is up there.
Looks like you had a great time; we (my family) definitely need to take a trip to the Grand Canyon one of these years….
hello haha narf – Thank you. It is an awesome place to visit.
kevin – Yes, with you being so close, too (under 3 hours for the South Rim).
ren – Yes, you should. It’s a very cool experience to see it in person.
Your photos are amazing. Looks like some great trips. I love the warmth of the rocks and canyons in that part of our country … and by warmth, I mean color, not 120 degree weather. =)
nilsa – Thank you, Nilsa. And yes, those photos came out so well… rich colors and lots of warmth.