2 weeks, 8000 km, 3 National Parks, 1 State Park, Countless small towns and National Forests all while stuffed in a home on wheels with all 6 of us. Took 822 pics and whittled it down to 360 (but will spare you 2/3rds of them
Our plan had been to leave here after school on the 13th and drive to Twin Falls, ID in 2 days. Spend a whole day and 2 nights there and then take 2 days to drive to the Grand Canyon, where we were to stay for 8 days then reverse the plan home. After 3 days in G.C. I think Ryan finally had enough of my panicking and yelling at the kids while near cliffs and decided to change our plans- so we headed up for a surprise detour to Moab for 3 days, then carried on back to Twin Falls for the proper plan home.
Snake River at Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho
little lake above the falls
First stop, first day at the Grand Canyon (desertview stop)
cant totally tell exactly how small and extraordinarily high up this point is with a photo, but you can probably tell how my kid is sitting how he feels about it (and it was taken by one of my other kids cuz I couldnt look
to give Ryan a break from my hysterics over kids and high up places (dude seriously deserves a medal for dealing with me sometimes
) We did some other sight seeing and driving around. Found random bits of Route 66, some mines and a ghost town
Old piece of Route 66 in Bellemont
Info board at a portion of Route 66 in Parks, Az (where we darn near got stuck in a place we werent supposed to be
Stopped and checked out a ghost town called Two Guns. Was a tourist trap in the Route 66 heyday (even had a zoo!) Some more modern buildings stand from attempts to resuscitate the town, but it died out and went to the wayside.
the backside of the zoo
and the front
At the Grand Canyon Deer Farm (a petting zoo with deer galore)
Random dirt road sunset pic just outside of the G.C. National park
More canyon shots... rather amazing that in all the pics I managed to not look like I had been/was about to start crying
(seriously a medal, or lots of beer)
Ryan sitting on the edge dangling his feet (pics never do it justice)
And Ryan walking out on a narrow strip of a pillar
Only YOU can prevent forest fires
From here we left and went up to Moab
Arches National Park
Rush hour in Moab
Shafer's Switchbacks section of the White Rim Trail (left the trail shortly after the switchbacks for Potash Rd trail) I managed to get down this trail without crying, but I couldnt look for most of it. The road was PHENOMENAL. Words can not describe it. Pictures cant describe it... really just have to experience it for yourself. Not included is a pic of the fellow we had to winch out of the ditch (Ryan gave me crap for no pics
) He had to back up as there was no room to pass and didnt pay attention. Just glad he went off the ditch side and not the cliff side.
where we came from
Potash Rd including mandatory poser pics at the Colorado river at the bottom/end of the trail
Lockhart Canyon (including a small portion of Lockhart Basin which we didnt have time/truck/fuel to finish)
Needles District including first .5 km of Elephant Hill (also didnt complete)
Back in Idaho in the Twin Falls area (Hagerman to be exact). Malad Gorge State Park- Devils Washbowl
View from our campsite at 1000 Springs RV. The morning we left the wind was blowing so hard that it actually blew streams of the falls back over the top edge.
It was an AMAZING trip. For all my belly aching and whining I am happy I saw the Grand Canyon- it was pretty cool; However, I wish I could have spent the whole two weeks at Moab. There was NO shortage of things to see. Around every corner was something new. So many dirt roads and trails to run. A lot of it we couldnt do based on a couple factors we couldnt change. Having the kids (and even me) with Ryan makes him not do at least 3/4ths of the things he could do. Then the fact that we never had another vehicle to go with us (or a proper spotter- someone who actually knows how to read a road and drive). Lastly, our truck. It is a very capable truck, but a very large one
. And kinda pricey, not really interested in rolling/squishing/bashing it. So yeah, so much that was out there was to be left unseen- THIS TIME. Hoping there will be another time... one without the kidlings, and if we dont have something to take offr0ad Im sure we can find something we can rent.