Monday, September 21, 2009

Colorado & Utah Trip

We're heading west on a two week trip to Colorado and Utah.

Why now?
  • We scored free tickets on Southwest last fall that we must use by October 19 this fall.
  • We held onto those free tickets all winter thinking we might desperately need a break. But we didn't.
  • Earlier in the summer, I had a weaving conference to attend, then we had a family vacation at the beach in August.

Why here?
  • We looked at where Southwest flies and what we like to do and came up with the idea of wildlife watching in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Then we added on a side trip to Moab, Utah to revisit Arches National Park, and see Canyonlands for the first time.
At one point I read that Santa Fe, New Mexico was only 5 hours from Denver. I made a giant loop out of the route, but that trip would have needed about a month because of all the driving to see things along the way.

Here's the route we're planning to cover: (Hindsight really is 20/20!)

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PS: Just a quick note. This trip happened in late September and early October. I'm blogging about it in order and posting on the dates that events actually occurred. But in Google reader, the posts come up like the trip is happening now. Sorry if this is confusing!!


Jennifer said...

I'm so jealous - we haven't gone out west since '97 where we spend 9 days in Utah and oh 6 of which were in Moab exploring Arches and Canyonlands. We did skirt through Capital Reef NP on our way back to Salt Lake and pledged to get back there. We also went in September - It seemed perfect since the kids were in school and the temperatures were in the mid 80s - okay to use that's pleasant! Looking forward to hearing more!

Delighted Hands said...

We get it.......and it looks exciting. I haven't been out west since 1978!

Life Looms Large said...

From my blog, I appear to be quite the western traveler, but prior to our Grand Canyon trip last year it had been quite a while since I visited that area.

And I missed Canyonlands until this trip. I'd better start blogging about it, or I'll start to forget things!!