The Road Less Traveled


Country MoonRecently we took a trip to Colorado and Utah. Naturally, it was so much different than the Midwest, not a lot of greenery and a whole lot more rocks, mostly red rocks.

It was a very different kind of beauty. Even if you are like me and not so much of a desert person, you still have to appreciate the vastness of that part of the world.

We saw four of our national parks including Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado; Canyonlands, Arches and Capital Reef in Utah as well as Dead Horse State Park in Utah. After 4,149 miles, 946 pictures and memories too many to count, we are blessed to have had this adventure that will be with us for the rest of our lives.

Rocky Mountain National Park was a snap decision on our part and it ended up being one of the highlights of the trip. We were headed for Denver when Ron remembered that some friends had visited the park several times.

So, we got off I-80 and headed for Estes Park. We saw some great scenery on the way by taking the backroads and saw some of the most beautiful peaks in the Rockies.

From there we headed to Moab, UT with the intent of seeing Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. On the way there we saw a sign for Dead Horse State Park, which is where wild mustangs were rounded up, the best culled out and the rest left to die of thirst even though the Colorado River was right below them. This was a hidden gem that wasn't on our itinerary.

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