by Vickie McDonough
When you think of
In June, my husband and I left on a long-anticipated trip. He had to work in
On our way up to
Our first view of the Rockies came as we neared
The next day, we headed west through the
The mountains were such a pretty contrast of the dark green pines and the lighter aspen trees. Some of the roads were so steep that they had run-away truck ramps. But it was sooo cool and beautiful.
And talk about a difference. The land there was so barren in places that nothing grew there at all. Other places had high mesas with tiny shrubs growing everywhere, but no trees. It was hard to believe such a barren land could be just a few hours’ drive from the lovely
That afternoon, we visited a place called The Arches National Park. The mountains there are deep orange to bright reddish orange and amazing.
The park had many unusual rock formations such as balanced rocks, where a huge boulder perched precariously on top of upright ones. There were also several places where arches were formed in the rocks, creating windows you could see through. Way cool!
Finally we made our way to
The day after my husband finished work, we toured the town. We visited a pioneer village which is the first Mormon farm in
On Saturday, we drove up to see the Great Salt Lake and visited
As we drove onto the island, there looked to be smoke arising up in swirling pillars from some of the plants. We stopped so I could get a picture and realized that what we saw wasn’t smoke but swarms of mosquitoes! Millions of them. The second we stopped, they swarmed our car. I was never so happy for airtight windows and doors. Even though none got into our SUV, both my husband and I were scratching. Note the mosquitoes on our rearview mirror and me taking the picture. Those are dead mosquitoes the front of our car, not dirt.
Gladly leaving the mosquitoes behind, we drove around the island, catching various views of the
We headed straight south that afternoon and left the mountains behind for the reddish peaks of southern
And that’s just our first day of touring. There’s so much more I want to share about our amazing American west that I’ll do it in three parts. Watch for more next month. I still have 950 pictures you haven’t seen yet. J I hope if you get a chance to take a vacation that you’ll check out
What’s your favorite state to visit and why?
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