Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall-Winter-Fall Road Trip

A road trip and vacation we took last Thanksgiving 2010 that started at fall, passed through winter, then went back to fall a matter of 7 days that started at San Diego, going to Utah , then to Arizona and back to San Diego.

Day 1, November 20- We left San Diego, California and drove 475 miles to Zion National Park, Utah.
Fall Colors Along Virgin River, Zion National Park
Day 2, November 21- we left Zion before the snowstorm pounded it, we passed through Page, Arizona on our way to Moab, Utah.
Lake Powell, Page, Arizona
Day 3, November 22- hiking at Moab, Utah
We hiked the Devil's Garden Trail (click here to go to my previous post). After hiking at Devil's Garden Trail, we took another hike to Delicate Arch, our second time. ( click here to go to my post about Delicate Arch last spring 2009). 
That's me @ Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Day 4, November 23 - some hikes at Moab, then, drove back to Arizona at Monument Valley

Find Me @ the North Windows Framing Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
The highlight of the day was being joined by Tes and Doods, who were also vacationing in Arizona from Houston, Texas.
with Tes @ Monument Valley, Arizona
Day 5, November 24 - left Monument Valley after breakfast to explore Page, Arizona with Tes and Doods.
sunrise @ Monument Valley, before breakfast
Lake Powell @ Page, Arizona
( though this picture may look warm, but it was subfreezing temperature )
with Tes again, @ Stateline Utah/Arizona Border, Lake Powell
as you can tell, there are two photographers in this pic, thus, the different direction of our sights, this pic tells how loyal we are to our photographers, I look at Khai, while Tes looked at Doods :)
After Page, we continued to Kanab, Utah.
Day 6, November 25- planned to enter the lottery to hike at the very elusive Wave, Arizona ( a dream), but no luck still this year :(, so, left Kanab for Bryce Canyon National Park, still in Utah. On our way to Bryce from Kanab, we stopped at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park again.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
( don't let the desert sand trap you, the temps were -5F or -20C, subfreezing!)
Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
@ Scenich Byway 14, Utah, on our drive back to San Diego, California
 Day 7, November 26- home sweet home, San Diego, California
Surfer with the Dolphins, Torrey Pines, San Diego, California
Parade of Dolphins @ Torrey Pines
Harbor Seals and its footprints on sand
Our vacation continues at home.

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  1. wow.. lets make a deal, we trade places.. i would so love to b in yr shoes exploring the trails ;)

  2. We also did some of these places like Zion, Bryce and Monument Valey. Top parks. Nice photos

  3. Once upon a time there were giants staying in Utah.

    The Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, must be their playground.

  4. Oh what an adventure! I love the fall colors along the river at Zion, the snow at Bryce Canyon and the seal on the beach in San Diego. Thank you for sharing your amazing vacation. :D

  5. Gorgeous photos, and what a fun trip you had! Meeting Tes must be a joy!

  6. Lovely harbor seal.

  7. Everybody loves the seals, but your winter shots are gorgeous. It is nice to see you and Tes in the same picture.

  8. You guys are really enjoying the who adventure. :) Haha :D The picture where you and him posed together is really cute.

  9. You've seen it all; mountains, sand, snow, and sea in a short time. What an adventure!

  10. Wow- I love the snow on the red rocks. Nice to see a friend!

  11. hi "wander"woman hehehehe...enjoyed viewing the "blues" as always...i think i found you there at "north windows framing..." i laughed out loud when i read you and Tes being loyal to your photographers and thus the opposite gazes hahaha...the seal is so cute! and that sunrise at monument valley is simply amazing...oh and the photo at coral pink sand dunes state park is so lovely...the fall colors just as much...

  12. Beautiful photos!! Love them all! : )

  13. Isn't it wonderful that you can drive from State to the next to experience different weathers maybe all in one or two days.

    Love, love your photos.

  14. Tes looks like cute koala with that hat! Lol! :D

  15. you were very brave to go under the arch, since it is called Devil's arch, you never know. LOL

  16. Superb blog post, I have book marked this internet site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future!

  17. Desert, mountains, and ocean. You got to see everything. That must be heaven.

  18. Whew! This post breathtaking Miss Beth... I envy your adventure! :D

    I liked the pic on the desert with sub-zero temp... I can see the moon in the sky... :D

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  21. Beautiful photos to reminisce about your trip. I would've thought there would be more snow in UT.

  22. That is so beautiful and I love the seal photo. It sounds like it was a great trip.

  23. Beth and Khai, we can't wait to see you guys this thanksgiving break! Woohoo! Am excited for our wave escapades -I hope one (if not all of us) make it! We also want to see Bryce and antelope canyon. :)

  24. Just an amazing site! Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah! It's gorgeous with all the snow.

  25. Wow superb pictures. I'm also traveling person. Can you give brief description above these places.