Category: Westy

Week 9 – Provo to Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Day 57 – West Wendover to Provo Our week started with a drive back to civilization after our side trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. We retraced our steps on I-80, then turned south to bypass Salt Lake City. Our route took us right past the Bingham Canyon Mine (which was unfortunately closed to visitors […]

Week 8 – Capital Reef to Bonneville Salt Flats

Day 50 – Capital Reef Sunday was another day of serious hiking in Capitol Reef National Park, possibly the toughest hike we’ve done together so far. We took on the Navajo Knobs trail, almost 9 miles long and well over 2000 feet of elevation gain. The first part of the trail leads up to an […]

Week 7 – Monticello to Capital Reef

Day 43 – Monticello Sunday started off a week of some serious hiking in Utah. Our first day brought us to Canyonlands National Park, which is huge… so huge that it is divided into three districts. We visited the Needles district first, but first stopped at Newspaper Rock, one of the largest known collections of […]

Week 6 – Pagosa Springs to Monticello

Day 36 – Pagosa Springs We started out early on Sunday morning to do one of Michael’s family’s favorite hikes from when they lived in Pagosa, the trail to Four Mile Falls. We were the first people at the trailhead, but were quickly followed by a group from Denver. That turned out to be a good […]

Week 5 – Wichita Falls to Pagosa Springs

After a week in West Texas with family and the celebration of Michael’s niece Kayla’s wedding, it was time to get back on the road. Day 29- Amarillo We took a slightly longer route to Amarillo so we could drive through Oklahoma for a bit. There’s not a whole lot to this part of Oklahoma, […]

Weeks 3&4 – Grand Canyon to Wichita Falls

Day 15 – Grand Canyon Sunday morning we got up early to hike (some of) the South Kaibab trail down into the canyon. We were excited to see it from a different perspective, and it was well worth the effort. We hiked a little over 3 miles down to Skeleton Point, which sits about 2200 […]

Week 2 – Death Valley to Grand Canyon

The second week of our trip got off to a bit of a rocky start (see the previous post…although actually should I say a rocky “non-start”!) Day 8 – Death Valley to Pahrump (via tow truck!) The day started off at Badwater Basin, elevation of 282 below sea level.  The next stop was the Natural Bridge trail. From there […]

The first breakdown

  Our second day in Death Valley, we started off at Badwater Basin with the intention of working our way back to Furnace Creek stopping at various points of interest on the way.  We made it to the second stop, the Natural Bridge, went for a short, scenic hike and then went back to the […]

Week 1 – Portland to Death Valley

The first week of our trip is done, and we have gone from the cold, wet temperatures of Oregon to the dry, hot desert of Death Valley. Our poor Portland skin is begging for hydration! Day 1 – Portland to Tumalo State Park Easter Sunday morning we left Portland and made our way south towards […]

Our next big adventure

And we’re off! Today, Michael and I embarked on our one-year dream adventure. The house is emptied out and rented, the cats have been dropped off at their “foster” family and the Westy is packed with everything (and likely more) that we’ll need . Our goals/expectations for the trip are simple and realistic: see a lot […]