The Badlands

We took advantage of Alex’s national parks pass once more on the start of our summer vacation. We drove from Highlands Ranch to Alexandria, MN for some time on the lake, and made a stop in Wall, SD along the way to check out the Badlands. We drove the length of the park, and took a […] . . . → Read More: The Badlands

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon was our fifth and final park on our 2019 Spring Break national parks extravaganza. As you’ll see in the pictures, Bryce is known for its “hoodoos” – those eerie spires that form from eroding sandstone. Alex had been anticipating this since he saw a tourism poster for Bryce at the Utah visitor center […] . . . → Read More: Bryce Canyon

Zion

Leaving Grand Canyon behind, we crossed the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam on our way to Kanab, Utah. We had intended to bypass Zion and limit the first return leg of our Spring Break odyssey to Bryce Canyon. After settling in Kanab for the night, we decided that we had enough patience to […] . . . → Read More: Zion

Canyonlands

Next up on our tour was Canyonlands. This is a much larger park than Arches, with three different sections that you have to enter separately. We went into the park twice. Our first visit was in the Island in the Sky district, which is predominantly along the top of the mesa, looking down into the […] . . . → Read More: Canyonlands

Arches

Our 2019 Spring Break is dedicated to a National Parks tour, since our youngest son Alex has the 4th grade National Parks passport. The first day was a drive from Denver to Moab. Naturally, we had to stop at the border rest stop for some gratuitous pictures welcoming us to Utah. The entrance to Arches National […] . . . → Read More: Arches

Rocky Mountain Fall Colors

Today happened to be a Lockheed Martin off-Friday that both Lara and I could actually take off, as well as one of many Douglas County School District off days. We decided to take advantage of the time off, the beautiful weather, and the time of year to go see some of the fall colors in […] . . . → Read More: Rocky Mountain Fall Colors