Last Monday I didn’t write anything for #tbirdnation. I can imagine how heartbroken all of you were because you didn’t get to read my witty writings.
But I do have a valid excuse: it was fall break! And I was doing something amazing!
Utah is the outdoor adventurer’s dreamland. There are a bajillion acres of federal/state land set aside for recreation. These include, but aren’t limited to, national parks, national monuments, national historic sites, state parks, state landmarks, etc. Utah has a five national parks. And they’re all within a relatively short driving distance of Southern Utah University.
Here’s what I did:
4 National Parks.
2 State Parks.
1 National Monument (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. No pictures of that one. And I forgot to put it on the map below. My bad).
855 miles in a glorious loop around Southern Utah.
Here are highlights from the trip.
We then went to Dead Horse Point State Park. I can’t seem to find those pictures so I guess you’ll just have to go there and see it for yourself.
I had never been to Arches, Cayonlands, Dead Horse Point, or Goblin Valley. It’s crazy that I’ve lived here in Southern Utah for the majority of my life and hadn’t yet visited these truly rugged majestic landscapes until now. The longest drive is a mere four and-a-half hour drive to these places of ethereal beauty. The next time I have some change for gas and some extra time, I’mma pack my bags (and a tent!) and further explore these lands set aside for our enjoyment.