National Parks Road Trip Part 1

Before we head out to South America, we’re spending two weeks driving to a few of our country’s National Parks – something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time! We are hoping we can spend a few weeks exploring more parks next summer for Part 2!

Canyonlands - June 29th, 2017 - June 23 After Arches, we drove 30 minutes west to Canyonlands National Park. The park’s main feature is the two canyons created by the Colorado and Green rivers. The rivers converge there creating a plateau called the Island in the Sky. The Island in the sky is at a higher elevation than Moab so we … Continue reading Canyonlands
If you can’t stand the heat, find a place to swim - June 27th, 2017 - June 22 We woke up pretty early Thursday morning so we could get to Arches National Park as soon as it opened. They are currently doing roadwork in the park from 7pm-7am, which means you can’t get in until they re-open the road. We thought this was pretty poor planning on their part since it … Continue reading If you can’t stand the heat, find a place to swim
Capitol Reef + Moab - June 25th, 2017 - June 20 – 23 The drive to Capitol Reef was about 3 hrs on Scenic Byway 12. It was a beautiful drive up and through the mountains. We stopped at the waterfall that the ranger suggested but it was a 6 mile round trip hike – didn’t have time for that so we kept driving. … Continue reading Capitol Reef + Moab
Bryce Canyon - June 21st, 2017 - June 18 – 20 After the rocky, desert landscape of Zion, getting to the thick, green forest of Bryce Canyon was sheer bliss. It was also 20 degrees cooler. Ahhh.  We rolled into town in late afternoon and our first stop was Ruby’s general store to get some cold drinks and a few more food … Continue reading Bryce Canyon
Zion Nat’l Park. Elevation: 4,000 ft. Temperature: the sun - June 21st, 2017 - June 16 – 18 On Friday morning we packed up and left the Grand Canyon behind. It’s four hour drive to Zion but we stopped near Page, AZ at the famous Horseshoe bend for a few pictures. The walk to the bend was short but it was so hot and there was no shade other … Continue reading Zion Nat’l Park. Elevation: 4,000 ft. Temperature: the sun
The Grandest Canyon  - June 16th, 2017 - June 14 – 16 The drive to the Grand Canyon was about 2 hours through the most desolate looking desert I’ve ever seen. There was nothing upon nothing for miles and miles. Having never been to the southwest I was really enjoying the scenery and trying to figure how people live in the middle of … Continue reading The Grandest Canyon 
Cliff Dwellers - June 16th, 2017 - June 13 The drive to Mesa Verde took another 4 hours and we camped just outside the park at another BLM site. This one was a more woodsy and was a really great spot. We could see Mesa Verde and we were a little more protected from the elements. There were also other people doing … Continue reading Cliff Dwellers
Road trip!!  - June 14th, 2017 - June 10 – 12 Eth and I left Michigan Saturday afternoon for part one of our National Parks road trip. We drove until about 1:30am when neither of us could stay awake, then pulled into a rest area to catch a few zzz’s before driving the rest of the way to Denver, our first stop. … Continue reading Road trip!!