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Showing posts with label *my misc life stuff*. Show all posts

8.10.2013

Arches National Park

Arches National Park
Arches National Park

Our first stop on our California road trip was
Arches National Park located in Utah near the city of Moab. Arches is a park full of tall rock formations and naturally formed arch ways. After you enter the park you start driving up a windy hill. You end up so high you can see the highway off into the distance far below.

Arches National Park
On your right side you look down below to the road where you started.
On your left you start to see rocks lining the road.
Arches National Park
It was hot outside, 96 degrees
Arches National Park

The dogs were not allowed on any of the trails so they had to stay in the car. We kept the car moving so that it stayed cooled. I didn't really understand why dogs weren't allowed on the trails because they were all paved concrete walking trails. Even people stay on the trail it's self and don't go near the arches and rocks. Sadly since we were just driving through I didn't get to see if there were any real hiking trails where you can actually go out into the formations. The park was busy and it was hard to take pictures on the trails without a million people in them. I don't like it when it is that way. I prefer being out in nature where it's peaceful and quiet. When you can get lost in your thoughts.

Arches National Park
Almost right away you start seeing the arches and rock formations. It doesn't even look real....
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
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Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
My favorite photo I took...
Arches National Park

My photos do not do the park justice. You have to be standing next to the formations to actually see how big they are. I would visit Arches National Park again in the future as long as there are actual trails somewhere. I really want to check out the Needles area in Utah. I've been told the good hiking is there. Utah is so beautiful.

View all our my posts about our California vacation HERE.

8.05.2013

Driving to Calfornia

I'm finally getting around to sharing my first post about our vacation. We decided to take three days to drive out to California. We took our time so that we could stop and see some sites along the way. I love going out west because I think the scenery is gorgeous. Day one of the drive was 500 miles and it took about 8 hours to reach our final destination in Monticello Utah. Below are some of my favorite photos I took during the first day of driving. The first one is of the sunrise near Fort Collins Colorado on highway 25, taken around 5:30 in the morning.

Driving Day 1

The entire drive through Colorado you are surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. It's pretty amazing. Once we got off highway 25 and merged onto highway 70 we were pretty much in the mountains at that point. One of my favorite things about road trips is seeing the ever changing scenery from state to state.

Driving Day 1
Driving Day 1
The skies out west are always so blue!
Driving Day 1

We made a quick stop at a very cute town called Frisco. It had small town charm but you could tell it was a tourist hot spot. I had never even heard of the place. There were people riding bikes everywhere and we were surrounded by hiking trails. I think we are adding the city of Frisco to our travel to do list. :) This is another reason I like road trips, you find places to visit for future vacations. I like discovering hidden gems.

Driving Day 1
Driving Day 1
Back into the mountains we went...Driving Day 1
Driving Day1
As you get closer to Utah you see more rocks...
Driving Day 1
Driving Day 1

I was so excited that we were able to stop and take some photos of the Colorado river. I think it's so neat how it is a orange/red color from the clay. I had never seen anything like it before.

Day 1 of Driving
Driving Day1
Chloe and Muffins did a great job during the long ride...
Day 1 of Driving
Driving Day1
We got to drive through some neat tunnels that were carved into the mountains.
Driving Day1
Driving Day1
Beautiful flowers at a Colorado visitor center.Driving Day1
Driving Day1

Shortly after crossing into Utah we stopped at a rest area to stretch our legs. The stop was really nice because you could get out and take some photos. I feel like my favorite scenery from our drive to California was in Utah. In my opinion, driving through Utah is like looking at a painting the entire time. A lot of it is so wide open and you can just see nothing but mountains in the distance...

Driving Day1
Muffins wondering how she ended up in Utah...
Drive Day1
Drive Day1
Drive Day1

During our drive we also stopped at Arches National Park located near Moab Utah. I plan to share photos from that trip next. Below is a Google map of the route we drove in case you are interested. If you ever get a chance to drive it I highly recommend it. It is breathtaking. I use Google maps to plan all my road trips!

Picture 6

Learn more about the city of Frisco HERE / Arches National Park HERE.
Stay tuned for many more posts about my trip. :)

8.01.2013

Photo A Day // July

Day182 My new beach towel 7.1.13 #jessie365
New Hello Kitty beach towel
Day183 I love summer :) 7.2.13 #jessie365Day184 Playing a Despicable Me game today. 7.3.13 #jessie365
Summer flower // Found a fun Despicable Me game
Day185 Another beautiful day for a ride // 43 miles today 7.4.13 #jessie365
Beautiful bike ride - 45 miles
Day186 Norman close up! 7.5.13 #jessie365
Norman close up
Day187 Spent the afternoon in Colorado.  Bike ride - 42 miles 7.6 13 #jessie365Day189 Chloe being cute 7.8.13 #jessie365
Colorado bike ride - 42 miles // Sleepy Chloe
Day188 ladybug while I was doing yard work 7.7.13 #jessie365 #ladybug
Ladybug while doing some landscaping
Day190 planning out of vacation in California with our dogs!  Using Bringfido.com 7.9.13 #jessie365Day191 Daisies :) 7.10.13 #jessie365
Using Bringfido.com to plan our vacation // Daisies
Day192 New Converse.  They are called "cactus purple".  7.11.13 #jessie365
New Converse
Day193 Tea time 7.12.13 #jessie365Day194 just me 7.13.13 #jessie365
Tea time // Just me
Day195 Packing for our vacation to California. ( I think I like stripes. Lol ) 7.14.13 #jessie365Day197 I guess there is a first time for everything: Simon and Chloe laying together! 7.16.13 #jessie365
Packing for our vacation // A first: Simon & Chloe laying together!
Day196 Wonder how many people I'm going to offend with my new bumper sticker? Lol it's supposed to be funny.  Plus, I'm proud of my lifestyle :) 7.15.13 #jessie365
New bumper sticker on my car :)
Day198 Even packing some dresses for Muffins to wear in California!! 7.17.13 #jessie365Day199 grapes are my favorite! #jessie365 #fruit 7.18.13
Muffins dress // Grapes are my favorite
Day200 Start of our road trip to California.  Did only 500 miles today. Stopped in Utah. Sorry for all the photo bombing! Haha #jessie365 #utah
First day of our road trip - Beautiful Utah
Day201 Muffins and me at the Grand Canyon (cue Circle of Life Lion King theme song) 7.20.13 #arizona #grandcanyon #jessie365
Muffins and I at the Grand Canyon!
Day202 made it to the ocean 7.21.13 #ocean #california #jessie365
Made it to California and to the ocean.
Day203 Visited the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden today! 7.22.13 #jessie365
Visited the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
Day204 8mile hike today in Santa Barbara #california 7.23.13 #jessie365
Hiked in the mountains
Day205 Went Whale Watching! 7.24.13 #jessie365 #whale #santabarbara #condorexpress
Went Whale Watching (Yes, I was that close!)
Day206 Visited the Sequoia National Forest.  7.25.13 #jessie365 #sequoia #forest
Visited the Sequoia National Forest
Day207 Utah sky (driving back home now. Vacation over! Boo!) 7.26.13 #jessie365  #utah #sky #clouds  #nofilterDay208 Last road trip photo. Taken in #wyoming. Miss California already!!!! I need to live there! 7.27.13 #jessie365
Utah sky, driving back home // Back in Wyoming
Day211 Sammy being cute! #jessie365 #cat 7.30.13
Sammy being cute!!!
Day209 Attempting to style my hair wavy 7.28.13 #jessie365Day210 pretty Wyoming sky tonight. 7.29.13 #jessie365 #sky #clouds
Attempting wavy hair // Pretty Wyoming sky
Day212 One of my favorite Disney Vinylmations.  Now that we are back from our vacation, it's time to start planning the next one! ;) It will be to Disney World. #jessie365 #vinylmation #disney 7.31.13
One of my favorite Vinylmations. We are planning our next Disney vacation.

It was a pretty awesome month. I am so glad that we decided to take a vacation. It almost didn't happen. We literally decided the week before we went. I accomplished a few things that were on my 32 Things Before 32 List. I will be posting about all the things that you see above in future posts. Taking the Instagram photos while on the road was really fun. You can see my Instagram feed HERE if you'd like.

How was your July? Can you believe that it's August already!???