This week has been a whirlwind and so fun! We have been to 9 parks, driven about 30 hours and been thru 4 states! Here are some pictures from our travels – we hope you enjoy!
Sunday we went to Cheyenne Mountain Park In Colorado Springs, CO and set up our tent for the night. Then we went out for dinner and stargazed for awhile. Mostly a relaxed day for us.
Monday morning we went to Garden of the god’s Park and WOW it is beautiful! The weather was beautiful too, so that was a blessing. There were quite a lot of people there which surprised us. When you choose to go on a winter road trip, you are alone most of the time!
After Garden of the gods, we visited Pikes Peak. It’s about a 45-minute drive to the top and a little scary if you don’t like heights. The view is worth every minute though! It was about 24 degrees at the top and very windy, so we didn’t stay for very long.
On Tuesday, we drove to Red Rocks Canyon “Open space.” It is a small Park in CO with a few nice trails and good scenery.
Then we went to Great Sand Dunes National Park. It’s unlike anything I have ever seen before! You drive thru the mountains to get there and then all of a sudden, you’re in the desert!
That evening we drove into Santa Fe, NM and ate at El Paragua for dinner. It was excellent and hit the spot after a long day of driving. Then we checked into Las Palomas Inn for the evening. Much different from the hotels we have at home. It was like a little village all connected by the main check-in building.
Wednesday Morning we had the best breakfast! The Inn has omelets, gourmet coffee, and waffles made to order and they also have pastries, fresh juice and other hot items on the buffet like quesadillas and tamales.
After breakfast, we went out to the Santa Fe square and did some shopping. Lots of neat shops with handmade items for sale.
We aren’t spending a lot of time in New Mexico or Arizona because we will come back thru these states on the way home. So after some shopping, we headed for Holbrook AZ and set up camp at a KOA.
Thursday brought us to Petrified Forest National Park. It is amazing! The way we came into the park we drove thru about 20 miles of ‘The Painted Desert’ before we got to the Petrified forest. After a while, we weren’t sure if we were going to see it or not! But there is no mistaking it once you get there. Huge pieces of crystalized wood lying everywhere. The center of each piece is like a marble rainbow. You have to see it to believe it!
On Friday we drove to the Grand Canyon. Christopher has been there before with his dad and brothers, and I have always wanted to go, so we were both excited to see it! It is almost too much to take it in one visit. The vastness of it all is overwhelmingly beautiful and it truly makes you feel like a spec on earth. Everyone should see it at least once in their life.
Christopher made a friend at one of the outlooks 🙂
Saturday we went to Zion National Park. Another amazing place to spend a few hours hiking and taking pictures.
That’s all for this week! Thank you for following along!