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Old 11-17-2020, 01:18 PM
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We've been cooped up too long and had to cancel our trip to Ireland this year. So we made some other plans. Packed up the car with tons of snacks, lunches and drinks and set out.

Left NC on 10/30 and drove to Louisville. The next stop was supposed to be Manhattan, KS, but we pushed through and drove on to Denver. That was 16 hours and over 1K miles. But it did give us a whole day in Denver, so we drove to Eldorado Canyon (one of the best climbing spots around Denver/Boulder).




It's not very photogenic from the ground. And I kinda suck with a camera.

Drove around Boulder for a bit, and then decided to go south to Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.




Living my life around 500 ft above sea level, I never fully appreciated how much it would hurt the car's performance at these altitudes. The 4Runner was huffing and puffing up that hill.

We drove back to Denver and hit up the first of several Chick-Fil-A stops.

Our next stop was Moab, where we booked an VRBO for a week. Hit up Chick-Fil-A in Grand Junction.

Arches NP:




As good as this trail looked, we got lost out there for a bit while the sun was setting. Put in a couple of miles to get out and made sure to pack a flashlight and some other supplies every other time we left the pavement.

Did a bit of climbing:



Did not climb Ancient Art, but it's now on my bucket list:




Drove down Shafer Trail and Gemini Bridges:







After a week in Moab, we left for southern Utah down Hwy 12 through Dixie NF and hit up Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase and Bryce all in one day.



It was snowing through much of Dixie, and the lowest temp that I saw was 19F. Sweaty palms and a vise grip on the wheel.


Bryce was almost completely closed, but we managed to get to one overlook:



Made it to a tiny town in southern Utah where we had booked another VRBO for a few days. Our original plan was to use that as a base and hit up North Rim, Zion and Bryce. Unfortunately, NR closed the day before we got there, and we had already seen what we could at Bryce.

So we went to Zion:



The Aspens were full-on color change and it was unbelievably gorgeous. I have a couple of videos coming out of the tunnels from the east entrance that are jaw-dropping. I'll try to post up a couple of screen shots of those.

The stars in southern Utah - well, I've never seen anything like it.

Since we couldn't get to NR, we decided to dip out of the VRBO early and go to the South Rim. Along that route, we ran across the Wupatki National Monument (which we breezed right past) and then saw the sign for Sunset Crater NM. It basically said "Volcano on your left", so we had to stop.



The drive from Sunset Crater to Waputki is one of the most beautiful stretches of road that I've ever seen. It rivals any section of the BRP.

Saw a few pueblos in Waputki:



Hit Chick-Fil-A in Flagstaff.

We got into South Rim around 3 and took a look around. There are millions of pics of the south rim, so I'll only post a couple:




By normal standards, I'm sure the park was basically empty. We rarely had any problem finding a prime parking spot at any overlook and could walk right up the best spot at the fence without having to do any distancing.

The thing about Grand Canyon - unless you want to do some vigorous hiking, a day is enough to see everything. The night sky though... just wow. We went all the way to the east and sat out and watched meteors for a hour or so.

By noon the next day, we were pretty much done and decided to start the 3 day drive home, which wasn't the best idea. Amarillo is 10 hours. But there's a Chick-Fil-A in Albuquerque. Then 7 hours of night driving on I40 with 8000 truckers going 80mph. That'll wear you out.

The next day's destination was Memphis, which has a Chick-Fil-A. And then 10 hours home from there. And I have to say, the drive into NC from TN on I40 never ceases to amaze me. It's stunning.

Sixteen days on the road. We made quick bets before hitting the Trip B on the odometer when we got home. Mrs K guessed 5K. I guessed 4800. The total was 6020 miles. And five Chick-Fil-A's.

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Awesome!!!
thank you for sharing!!!
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trip was ok, i guess
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Awesome stuff.
queue up the nosy nellies wanting to know why someone can actually live their life with a virus around.

Bryce is bad-a%$. Go, if you can.
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Awesome trip! Thanks for the views and the narration.
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Nice! Just got back from 4wheeling in Moab. Stayed in a VRBO apartment. Looks like a great trip. There's so much to see in our own country but unfortunately many people don't take the time to see it. Do you remember the name of the staircase dirt road on 10th pic down?
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Originally Posted by CalypsoNotch93 View Post
Nice! Just got back from 4wheeling in Moab. Stayed in a VRBO apartment. Looks like a great trip. There's so much to see in our own country but unfortunately many people don't take the time to see it. Do you remember the name of the staircase dirt road on 10th pic down?
Where did you stay? We stayed at a condo complex about 5 miles south of town. It looked like it was basically a VRBO complex. UTV's and out-of-state plates were everywhere.

I'm pretty sure that's Shafer Trail. It's easily passable with a high clearance. I only put it in 4wd once or twice just to make sure everything was working. So we didn't see any UTV's out there. I think that trail is on NP land, so they're not allowed anyway.
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That was awesome. Thank you for sharing!!
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Someone's trying to get sponsored by CFA! Awesome trip Knoxes.
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I should add that there's a LARGE portion of the US that doesn't have a need for tree services.
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Thanks Knox. Great pics.

I heard they paved Pikes Peak all the way up. Is that true?
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Funny, a family member in the Navy, just came back from Bahrain, that was the first dinner request...
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Originally Posted by aubv View Post
Funny, a family member in the Navy, just came back from Bahrain, that was the first dinner request...
I don’t blame them, all I got in Bahrain for seven days was lamb
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Originally Posted by Vantaredoc View Post
I don’t blame them, all I got in Bahrain for seven days was lamb
try almost two years.....
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That brings back some great memories...! Thanks for your post.

As a kid we were coming back to the states from Japan, and the old man bought a car in Ca and we drove to Florida. I was about eight at the time and still haven't forgotten the trip. He stopped at most all of the attractions along the way....the desert, then Vegas, Grand Canyon, painted desert, petrified forest, meteorite crater, etc....

Sooo, when my kids were 6-7 we made the first of three long trips out west. Made all the stops above including: balloon festival in Albuquerque, Lake Powell, Bryce canyon, Sequoia, Yosemite, Big bend Texas....and some I have forgotten. We gave it 2-3 years in between the trips. Loaded up two big Dodge vans that we customized with rear couch, TV, entertainment for the kids. One trip was made with a 4WD Dodge Ramcharger. That was a little tight for space, but a big roof rack held camping gear and other items. We were on the road for almost four weeks that time and covered 8600 miles, making it to California.

Every trip we made a stop in Vegas. Back in the day Circus Circus had a whole floor of entertainment for kids, and they could safely go off on their own...

They are in their 40's now and every occasionally the road trips come up in conversation......they seem to remember it and enjoyed it!
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Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

I'm from Florida and I love the western states. I managed to combine two western work/vacation trips this summer and loved every minute of it. You do have to work hard to find a CFA, but they do have some Popeyes which, IMO, does make a better chicken sandwich.
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I'm curious....what's your CFA order?
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Thanks Knox. Great pics.

I heard they paved Pikes Peak all the way up. Is that true?
Yes, and there's a bunch of construction at the top now. I think they're building a new visitor's center up there. I was a bit dopey at that point so it was kinda hard to focus.

I was surprised that it was paved as well. Always thought that it was gravel for most of the upper portion.
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I'm curious....what's your CFA order?
No 1, coke. No. 1, diet coke.

Honestly, I can only eat about half a sandwich - too greasy. But they have the best drivethru service in the business right now and I just can't get comfortable going through any of the competitors.

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