Summer tales – Utah-bound

I am recapping the three weeks of fun that I had with my family this summer.
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On Friday (7/29), we left for our big road trip through Utah and Arizona. I was thrilled when I left the office the night before, because I knew I would have 17 days of uninterrupted fun time with my family. You have no idea how much I was looking forward to this trip, how much I needed and craved the time off.

The alarm woke us up bright and early at 3:30 a.m. – we had to be at the airport by 5:40 a.m. with our rental car dropped off, our luggage checked and security cleared. We allowed for some extra time at the security check as my Dad always gets an extra pat down now due to his artificial hip. Funny.

Southwest took us on a little scenic trip to Salt Lake City via LAX. I know! It seems like a waste of miles and time,  but it was still faster than driving all the way from Sacramento through the Sierra Nevada and it was much more comfortable sitting around at LAX enjoying a Starbucks breakfast – coffee and croissants – than sitting in the car for hours. Plus, I was able to use up some of my reward miles (and actually give some to my family as well).



At 9:15 a.m. we were on our way to Salt Lake City. After our arrivel, we picked up our rental car, a Chevi Traverse SUV – sweeeeet! -and set off on the road to Moab. The landscape is just breath-takingly beautiful.



We stopped for a parking lot picnic on our way and switched drivers. I had been driving the first half of the way, now my Dad was taking over the reigns of our “big ship”.








We arrived in Moab around 6 p.m. and checked into our hotel, the La Quinta Inn.



Not too shabby :)



We ended the day with a yummy dinner at the local “Moab Brewery” and to be honest, I could. not. wait. for the night to be over to hit the National Parks in the area. Holy geology heaven! :)

…stay tuned.

  1. I like La Quinta hotels. They are nice but affordable. We have stayed in a few in the past. Can’t wait to read all about your adventures in the national parks.

  2. Oh, I love these shots. Especially #10 – very pretty!!

    Can’t wait to read more from all your adventures. I love these kind of posts!!

    Really cool car, btw. :)

  3. as always, your photos are gorgeous and i can’t wait to hear more details about the trip. it sounds fantastic and makes me ache for a roadtrip myself! xoxo

  4. Great pictures. I can’t wait for the post(s) about the canyons! I saw the pics you posted on FB and they were breathtaking! I hope I can do a road trip like that sometime.

  5. Ohhhh – the scenery looks beautiful! I’ve always wanted to road -trip that part of the US. It seems so different from the part of the country I’ve grown up in.

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