Our travels, exploits, and adventures

Southwest Road Trip- Week 2

Week 2 of our 16 day road trip throughout the American Southwest. . .

Day 8- After 1 night and 1 day in Vegas, we were ready to get back into nature at Zion National Park in southern Utah

Day 8- After 1 night and 1 day in Vegas, we were ready to get back into nature at Zion National Park in southern Utah

Dondi playing on our hike up to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

Dondi playing on our hike up to Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

The hike to Angel's Landing (5.5 miles round trip and pretty much straight up)

The hike to Angel’s Landing (5.5 miles round trip and pretty much straight up)

Erin hiking the final 500+ vertical foot rock scramble up to Angel's Landing

Erin hiking the final 500+ vertical foot rock scramble up to Angel’s Landing

The shuttle buses looked a LOT smaller from the top of Angel's Landing considering we hiked up from the shuttle stop/road

The shuttle buses looked a LOT smaller from the top of Angel’s Landing considering we hiked up from the shuttle stop/road

Zion Canyon from the top of Angel's Landing

Zion Canyon from the top of Angel’s Landing

Dondi cooling off in the North Fork of the Virgin River in Zion just downriver from the Narrows after a strenuous hike

Dondi cooling off in the North Fork of the Virgin River in Zion just downriver from the Narrows after a strenuous hike

Day 10- On the beach at Lake Powell near Page, AZ

Day 10- On the beach at Lake Powell near Page, AZ

Lake Powell and dam

Lake Powell and dam

Short hike to Horseshoe Bend in Colorado River near Page, AZ

Short hike to Horseshoe Bend in Colorado River near Page, AZ

Day 11- 5.5 mile hike through Wirepass Gulch, slot canyon in southern Utah

Day 11- 5.5 mile hike through Wirepass Gulch, slot canyon in southern Utah

One huge perk of an April/early May trip were all of the wildflowers. . . they were everywhere!

One huge perk of an April/early May trip were all of the wildflowers. . . they were everywhere!

Dondi at Wirepass Gulch intersection

Dondi at Wirepass Gulch intersection

Dondi playing in the crevices in the slot canyone at Wirepass Gulch

Dondi playing in the crevices in the slot canyone at Wirepass Gulch

Day 12- Sunrise from the truck on the beach at Lone Rock, Lake Powell

Day 12- Sunrise from the truck on the beach at Lone Rock, Lake Powell

Nothing beats camping on the beach by the water. . .except maybe if the water was warm enough to swim in ;)

Nothing beats camping on the beach by the water. . .except maybe if the water was warm enough to swim in 😉

Monument Valley, UT in a wind/sand storm (can you see the mittens?)

Monument Valley, UT in a wind/sand storm (can you see the mittens?)

Tiny houses (well rental cabins) being built in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. . . they weren't on wheels but looked like a great place to stay

Tiny houses (well rental cabins) being built in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. . . they weren’t on wheels but looked like a great place to stay

Cowboy and his dog herding a flock of sheep in the windstorm near Monument Valley, UT

Cowboy and his dog herding a flock of sheep in the windstorm near Monument Valley, UT

Driving to our campsite on BLM land near Mexican Hat, Utah (yes, the town was named after the rock formation)

Driving to our campsite on BLM land near Mexican Hat, Utah (yes, the town was named after the rock formation)

Beautiful campsite at a bend in the San Juan River (thankfully, out of the wind!)

Beautiful campsite at a bend in the San Juan River (thankfully, out of the wind!)

A yummy dinner. . . super simple shrimp fajitas with grilled veggies and salsa

A yummy dinner. . . super simple shrimp fajitas with grilled veggies and salsa

Chillin by the San Juan River. . . considering we camped about 4 miles down a 4WD road, it was bizarre and fun to see a raft of 3 people float by

Chillin by the San Juan River. . . considering we camped about 4 miles down a 4WD road, it was bizarre and fun to see a raft of 3 people float by

Day 13- A stop at Newspaper Rock on our way to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park gave us our fill of petroglyphs. . .

Day 13- A stop at Newspaper Rock on our way to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park gave us our fill of petroglyphs. . .

View from a hike in the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, UT

View from a hike in the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, UT

Far off view of the "needles" in Canyonlands National Park, UT

Far off view of the “needles” in Canyonlands National Park, UT

The "wooden shoe" in Canyonlands National Park, UT

The “wooden shoe” in Canyonlands National Park, UT

Camping between the Needles District and the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park

Camping between the Needles District and the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park

Day 14- Mesa Arch in the Island in the Sky District at Canyonlands National Park

Day 14- Mesa Arch in the Island in the Sky District at Canyonlands National Park

Another yummy camp dinner =)

Another yummy camp dinner =)

Sunset over Canyonlands

Sun setting over Canyonlands

Sunset in the Island in the Sky District at Canyonlands

Evening glow in the Island in the Sky District at Canyonlands

Sunset in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park

Sunset in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park

Day 15- 3 mile morning hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, UT

Day 15- 3 mile morning hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, UT

Beautiful landscape views on our hike to Delicate Arch

Beautiful landscape views on our hike to Delicate Arch

Hike to the Windows in Arches National Park

Hike to the Windows in Arches National Park

Day 16- We hightailed it back to Fort Collins after camping near Glenwood Springs, CO a day early due to the May 10th winter storm warning calling for 10 to 20 inches of snow. . . it was a very good decision since they got about 20 inches and closed I-70! =)

Day 16- We hightailed it back to Fort Collins after camping near Glenwood Springs, CO a day early due to the May 10th winter storm warning calling for 10 to 20 inches of snow. . . it was a very good decision since they got about 20 inches and closed I-70! =)

Overall, it was an incredible trip and we loved every minute of it! We drove about 2800 miles which really wasn’t bad since it was broken up with no more than 4 hours of driving each day and several days with under an hour of driving. Like the trip photos, leave us a comment! -Erin & Dondi

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4 responses

  1. Nana

    Beautiful pictures!!! Take care of our great grandson….and Mom and Dad.

    May 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    • Thanks Nana! And don’t worry. . . your great grandson is kicking up a storm! =) -Erin

      May 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

  2. Kathy

    I love joining you on your adventures through your picture share. Erin, it’s the first pregnant pictures I’ve seen! Baby’s growing! Can’t wait to see you 3 in person. Must be soon, right??

    May 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

  3. Yes Kathy. . . the baby is definitely growing! It was interesting camping 15 nights at 7 months pregnant but a lot of fun! And yes. . . you will see us very soon. We’ll blog about our cross-country road-trip (with our tiny house) very soon. =) -erin

    May 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

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