Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Our first visit to Colorado was last June to attend the wedding of our niece. Being outdoors types, we just had to come back and spend some serious time in this Rocky Mountain paradise. Remember our visit to the great state of Texas last spring for 5 weeks in 6 different locations, this time around you’ll be able to follow our escapades in Colorado for 6 weeks in 5 different locations: Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Pagosa Springs. Looks like a springy September!

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Still Zigzagging California

Still Zigzagging California

After a long day of tree hugging in Sequoia National Park, we zagged our way into Clovis to spend time with our friends the Russell’s who had been former neighbors. It was nice of them to make time for us as they were in the last days of packing up to move to Idaho. Our hotel was located in the heart of oldtown Clovis.

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Zigzagging California

Zigzagging California

We left the blazing heat of Death Valley on June 5 headed for the south end of the Sierra Mountain Range to zig over to Lake Isabella. As we were slowly working our way back to Washington State, we spent most of the month of June zig-zagging around California with particular stops in mind.

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Death Valley Dazed and Confused

Death Valley Dazed and Confused

Our time was up at our Sedona home, and on June 1 we drove the roller coaster elevation change drive to Henderson, Nevada just outside of Las Vegas. The following afternoon we drove to our next destination in Death Valley National Park, California, and stayed 3 nights at the newly reopened Oasis at Death Valley Inn.

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Super Blue Blood Moon over Palm Springs

Super Blue Blood Moon over Palm Springs

At the end of our Yosemite post in December, we had mentioned spending the holidays with friends in the Tucson, Arizona area. While there, we visited the west side of Saguaro National Park – home of the nation’s largest cacti.

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Natural Wonders

Natural Wonders

During the month of April, we made a grand loop tour of the many natural wonders in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. While we saw a great deal of red rock variations, each place we visited had its own distinct features. As we traveled, we discussed what parks were top three worthy. Without a doubt, our top three picks in order of worthiness are:

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Adventureland in Moab, Utah

Adventureland in Moab, Utah

Moab is a busy place! It seems to be the crossroads for adventure with Arches National Park just 5-miles from Moab and Canyonlands National Park about 40 miles, then there’s rafting, paddle boarding, hot air ballooning, jet boating the Green or Colorado Rivers, horseback rides, scenic flights, zip lines, climbing and canyoneering, mountain biking and off-road 4-wheel drive trails.

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