Zion National Park in the Winter

Our last little adventure before settling into Portland was visiting Zion National Park for two weeks. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend a significant amount of time in so many National Parks this year, and Zion was no different.  Mr. Misadventures and I had visited Zion during out Southwest roadtrip in 2012, but it was only for about 36 hours, which wasn't nearly enough time to explore … [Read more...]

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Weekly Wanderings #54 – Zion/On the Road

We have begun our final ascent north to Portland. (Say it isn't so!) The weather from now until February 1st looks good along our route so we are hoping for the best and taking advantage of the window we've been provided. But first, our week. Last Friday we escaped the inclement weather in the Zion area and headed to Page, Arizona to visit Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Nation reservation. We … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #53 – Zion

So Zion. As you know from last week's Weekly Wanderings we visited Zion National Park on Thursday in the rain to scope out shooting locations. On Friday it rained in the morning so we spent it in the St. George's Starbucks catching up on all things digital and then was checked out Snow Canyon State Park followed by a late afternoon-turned-sunset visit at Kolob Canyon. While we were doing … [Read more...]

7 Things To Do in Moab

We stayed in Moab for 13 days. We didn't spend the entire time in Canyonlands National Park (although we could have), we also visited other points of interest. Arches For most people Arches National Park would be the main attraction to visit, but its popularity means more people and that's not our scene (if we can avoid it). We visited the park twice. We did a nice drive stopping at the main … [Read more...]

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Arches National Park

We visited Arches National Park a couple of times during our 13 day stay in Moab. Given its popularity and the fact that it was National Park week with free entry, it was crowded and we limited our time there.  I thought this post would be best served as a photo essay. There is no doubt that the easy accessibility of the beautiful rock formations is captivating! Right away you are met with … [Read more...]

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is huge and the sweeping views are massive, it's really hard to capture them on camera and to see every part. We definitely gave it the old college try! I really love this quote from Major John Wesley Powell that they have at the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands. He described the area that is now the park as a "strange, weird, grand region of naked rock with … [Read more...]

Offroad Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is probably one of the lesser known parks in Utah.  Zion and Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands are far more popular. But now that I have been to all of Utah's Mighty 5, I'd have to say it was my favorite. I guess I love an underdog. There is a fairly large area of Capitol Reef that is family friendly and accessible. We visited inside the park and stopped in Fruita, … [Read more...]

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Utah Highway 12 Near Bryce Canyon

One of the outings we really enjoyed while we were visiting the Bryce Canyon area was driving along Utah Highway 12 and visiting some of the points of interest. You could do this drive in a single day, but it would be a long day. We covered it in one long day with a half day as well. It all depends how leisurely you want to be and what's of interest to you. This is what we did. Not in the order … [Read more...]

Snow Days in Bryce Canyon

We left Phoenix with temperatures in the 80's and 90's and landed in Bryce Canyon, Utah which was a good 50-to-60 degrees cooler. We had snow for many of the ten days we were there, but it didn't prevent us from enjoying Bryce Canyon National Park and its surroundings. There is definitely something to be said for visiting in the off season. The park is truly beautiful, with gorgeous orange … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #14 – Moab

For our second week in Moab we moved RV sites. We stayed in a fancy resort, a nice treat after five weeks of more rustic sites. We've stayed in RV resorts before in Borrego Springs, Sun City West and Gold Canyon, but what is interesting is that instead of the resort being focused around golf, here it is all about other outdoor activities. 80% of the tow vehicles here are Jeeps and 50% of the … [Read more...]