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Trans-Atlantic Backwards

When you find a great deal on a cruise back to Europe when you were planning on flying back anyway, you jump on the opportunity! Especially when it’s your husband’s 40th birthday! Armed...
By Cat Sparks in Just for Fun, Personal, Travel
Capital Reef Sunset Point

A Reef in the Desert

Another one of Utah’s “Mighty 5” parks is Capitol Reef, located in the center of the state, encompassing the former Mormon settlement of Fruita. As the name suggests, there was...
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Personal, Travel

Cedar Breaks + Red Canyon

If you need a break from the heat in Bryce Canyon or Zion, head up into the mountains to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Standing at over 10,000 feet of elevation, the weather is drastically cooler...
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Personal, Travel

Page, Arizona

High temperatures dashed our hopes of taking a tour at Glen Canyon Dam, but we explored the visitor center displays to learn about how the dam was built and operates. Lake Powell is not only...
By Cat Sparks in Personal, Travel

Kanab

A hike to see the Toadstool Hoodoos was a must, since we were just a short drive away. Although we didn’t set out until later in the day (in an effort to avoid excessive sun/heat), if you...
By Cat Sparks in Just for Fun, Personal, Travel

Bryce Canyon National Park

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I hadn’t heard of Bryce Canyon until a couple of years ago. It was one of the first locations we saved when planning our road trip though. The views from the...
By Cat Sparks in Just for Fun, Personal, Travel
Grand Canyon North Rim

The North Rim

Two hours of driving, with a 3,000 ft elevation gain and a 20 degree temperature drop, brought us from our campsite near Kanab to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. I think we were...
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Personal, Travel
The Virgin River flows through the middle of Zion National Park.

Zion National Park

Of the famous “Mighty 5” within Utah, Zion National Park was the first park we chose to explore. We selected a scenic boondocking site along the Virgin River, just a few miles east of the...
By Cat Sparks in News, Personal, Destination, Travel