We just returned from an incredible road trip that took us through the Utah National Parks. This was the trip planned for a year ago, cancelled due to COVID.
Ironically, an unexpected health issue almost prevented us from going. We literally determined we could go at 6:00 pm the night before we were to leave. Despite a few small challenges, the trip went very well and we had an amazing adventure.
We believe we beat some of the summer crowds. With some patience, we were able to see most of what we wanted to see and explored all of the main areas of each of the parks. Planning is important, but there was a good mix of spontaneity and taking advantage of what was most accessible.
Our trip actually started at the Grand Canyon for one night, then off to Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capitol Reef, then to Moab to explore Arches and Canyonland. We learned so much about each area. We walked and hiked. My husband was extremely supportive of my attempt to capture so many moments in photographs. What I did learn is that my photo skills do not capture the majesty of nature that these parks offer. But I did my best and will have fun going through them and reliving the experiences.
Below are a few photos that capture part of our road travels. More to come, highlighting moments and information about each park we visited. It was certainly an experience worth all the planning, time and expense. We feel we got to enjoy what the parks offered, at the level our abilities would allow. And we came away with no twisted ankles, sunburn, or sore muscles! I discovered I can do more than I give myself credit for.
6 National Parks
6165 Photos Taken
2376 Miles Driven
245,452 Steps Taken
Limited internet/cell/cable service
…and almost NO MASKS!
Lots of FUN, SUN, ADVENTURE, and TIRED NIGHTS 😎
“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.”
~ Carson McCullers
“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
~ Mary Ritter Beard