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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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Southwest Road Trip- Week 1

On Friday April 25th, we left on a 2800 mile, 16 day road trip throughout the American southwest. . . It was an awesome trip and one we will remember for a long long time! Here are some of the highlights of our trip. . .

Day 1- campsite near an old railroad bridge not far from Trinidad, CO

Day 1- campsite near an old railroad bridge not far from Trinidad, CO

Day 2- Santa Fe farmer's market, Santa Fe, NM

Day 2- Santa Fe farmer’s market, Santa Fe, NM

Erin and Dondi wandering around Santa Fe, NM

Erin and Dondi wandering around Santa Fe, NM

Day 3- Stopped for lunch at the Church St. Cafe in Old Town Albuquerque, NM

Day 3- Stopped for lunch at the Church St. Cafe in Old Town Albuquerque, NM

A short hike through Petroglyph National Monument just outside of Albuquerque, NM revealed some pretty awesome petroglyphs!

A short hike through Petroglyph National Monument just outside of Albuquerque, NM revealed some pretty awesome petroglyphs!

Sunset at Petrified Forest National Park in AZ

Sunset at Petrified Forest National Park in AZ

Day 4- Touring Petrified Forest National Park in AZ. . . gorgeous colors created by mineralization

Day 4- Touring Petrified Forest National Park in AZ. . . gorgeous colors created by mineralization

Dondi and "Old Faithful", the park's largest log weighing some ridiculous number of tons

Dondi and “Old Faithful”, the park’s largest log weighing some ridiculous number of tons

Driving from Petrified Forest National Park toward Flagstaff, AZ

Driving from Petrified Forest National Park toward Flagstaff, AZ

After an awesome lunch in Flagstaff, we headed to the East Entrance of the Grand Canyon and caught our first incredible views from the Desert View Watchtower

After an awesome lunch in Flagstaff, we headed to the East Entrance of the Grand Canyon and caught our first incredible views from the Desert View Watchtower

Grand Canyon from the Desert View Watchtower

Grand Canyon from the Desert View Watchtower

Day 5- Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim

Day 5- Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim

4 mile round trip hike from parking lot to Ooh Aah Point down into the Grand Canyon (did we forget to mention. . . Erin is 7 months pregnant in this pic)

4 mile round trip hike from parking lot to Ooh Aah Point down into the Grand Canyon (did we forget to mention. . . Erin is 7 months pregnant in this pic)

Day 6- On the west side of the South Rim, we spotted a herd of bighorn sheep on a ledge far below our overlook

Day 6- On the west side of the South Rim, we spotted a herd of bighorn sheep on a ledge far below our overlook

Day 7- Dondi's first good look at the Hoover Dam

Day 7- Dondi’s first good look at the Hoover Dam

New bridge at the Hoover Dam everyone coming from Arizone to Nevada doesn't have to drive over it

New bridge at the Hoover Dam everyone coming from Arizone to Nevada doesn’t have to drive over it

Erin and Dondi at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas before going to see the Cirque du Soleil Show 'Ka'- it was INCREDIBLE!

Erin and Dondi at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas before going to see the Cirque du Soleil Show ‘Ka’- it was INCREDIBLE!

The rest of our trip (Week 2) is on its way. . .


January 2013 Update

Hi! Here is a quick update of the progress on our tiny home and our Christmas adventures in Colorado and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Enjoy. . .

Before

Before

... and after.  Comfy window couch with pull out drawers.

… and after. Comfy window couch with pull out drawers.

Couch converts into a folder out guest bed.

Couch converts into a folder out guest bed.

Before

Before

After Dondi installed the Aspen risers and oak treads to match the walls and the floor.

After Dondi installed the Aspen risers and oak treads to match the walls and the floor.

Files, drawers, and shelves in the office.

Files, drawers, and shelves in the office.

The wide angle view of our tiny home from the front door

The wide angle view of our tiny home from the front door.

Erin, Dondi and Shawn at the hot springs in Salida, CO

Erin, Dondi and Shawn at the hot springs in Salida, CO

Erin and Dondi in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Erin and Dondi in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Parasailing in Mexico

Parasailing in Mexico

It was a long way up, about 300 feet. . .

It was a long way up, about 300 feet. . .

Four wheeling on the beach near Cabo

Four wheeling on the beach near Cabo

Until next time. . . feel free to leave us a comment! We love to hear from you. =)

– Dondi & Erin


Christmas in the UK

January 14, 2012

Hi everyone and happy holidays to you! I’ve been slacking with posting on the blog. . . its been really busy! Anyway, we’ve had several requests for pics from our Christmas UK trip so here are some of the highlights:

The cottage where we stayed in West Marden, Southern England

Chris (Erin’s mom), Chloe (Erin’s sister), and Dondi at “The Keepers”

A stop in South Harting on Christmas Day where the Collins’ lived for 2 years while in the UK

Erin and Ryan’s old 2 classroom school which is now converted into several housing units

One of the local South Harting pubs “The White Hart Inn”

Christmas lunch (of the 5 course meal variety) at the Royal Oak in Hooksway. . . and yes, we actually knew the owner at the bar from when we lived there

Dondi after his first pub meal of the trip. . . and a great meal it was!

Idsworth Church. . . a really old Church from the 12th century (?) that is still in use today

A visit to Portsmouth to look across and see the Isle of Wight and Southsea Castle- that’s Fred (Erin’s Dad) on the left

Dondi walking the labrynth at Portchester Castle near Portsmouth

Ditcham Park- the school on the hill with the horrible green uniforms that Erin and Ryan went to when we lived in the UK (the second school)

Erin at Ditcham Park

Chichester Cathedral, Chichester- a really old walled city in southern England

The “Round Table” hung on the wall at Winchester Castle

 

The Golden Lion- a great little pub with and a lovely lunch in Winchester

We took the train from Petersfield to London (about an hour) for the day; went to see Wicked at The Apollo Victoria Theatre

Dondi and Chloe in front of the Tower of London

We took a tour and got to walk in the Tower Bridge- very cool with great views of London!

Erin, Chloe, and Dondi took a 6 mile hike through the South Downs on the public footpaths and bridle-ways

Dondi hiking on the public footpath right through the middle of the farmer’s fields

Walked around the ruins at Cowdray Castle in Midhurst

Visited the New Forest and saw some of the 4,000+ wild ponies

Went to the Beaulieu Motor Museum and saw tons of old cars and the James Bond car collection

Went to visit Kate, Jumbo and the kids Alex, Emily, and Edward for a lovely dinner and fun night- Kate was Ryan and Erin’s childminder after school and we boarded our horses at their farm in East Harting- Jumbo is a sheep farmer with thousands of sheep all over the South Downs and they live in a 1600’s farm house

 

Overall we had a great trip and were very fortunate to get a last minute invite from Erin’s parents to join them! Good times. =)

 

We sure hope you enjoyed all the pictures from our trip. Leave us a comment if you’d like! Until next time, Erin and Dondi