USA – Mountain (Colorado, Arizona, Utah & Nevada)

We’ve been busy these past few weeks! We hit the ground running in Colorado when we visited the Burns family in Denver. Our weekend with them included cheering on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, watching Norah & Liam play soccer while Delaney did gymnastics, a dinner reunion at the Plumbs, celebrating Mother’s Day with a Union Station breakfast at Snooze, sightseeing around Red Rocks, driving up Boulder Canyon Drive and hiking to Boulder Falls, strolling around Boulder, Sunday BBQ at the Burns house, checking out Denver’s botanical gardens with Anna, and watching Norah at ballet recital. After a sad goodbye with our wonderful hosts, we drove down to the Garden of the Gods sandstone formations and then over to Black Canyon of the Gunnison (where we finally bought an “America the Beautiful” annual park pass for $80). Next up was a quick visit to scenic Ouray and then a few days around the Moab area, soaking up the sights and hiking around both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. After leaving Utah for Arizona, we did an Antelope Canyon tour, and visited the Glen Canyon Dam and Horseshoe Bend. Then we hopped back into Utah as we made our way to Kanab for a few days to stay with our wonderful friend Vicky (who we met in Antarctica). She has a gorgeous home in Kanab and invited us to stay as long as we wanted. She also treated us to several meals at her restaurant in town, the Wild Thyme Cafe. What a lovely, generous soul – we can never repay her kindness. While in Kanab, our goal was to try to win the Coyote Buttes North and South lottery, which we had been told was an impossible feat. However, the Coyote Buttes South lottery is easier to win, so we tried for that and won it on our first attempt. Yay! Since we didn’t have 4WD, we opted to organize a tour with Dreamland Safari Tours for a combo tour to Coyote Buttes South and White Pocket. Luckily for us, another couple who had won the lottery, Stephen and Kia, opted to do the combo tour with us so we managed to get the tour at a discount. And boy did it not disappoint…our full day excursion to Coyote Buttes South and White Pocket was stunning. We took hundreds of photos and could not believe how drop-dead gorgeous the scenery was out there! On our second attempt for the Wave lottery (Coyote Buttes North), we won and couldn’t believe our luck. It had been raining heavily and the road was impassible for all vehicles except 4WD with high clearance so we guessed that the bad weather worked in our favor as there were fewer applicants than normal. For this trip, we knew our camper van wouldn’t be able to make the drive out there so we booked a day tour with Kanab Tour Company. It was fabulous…the wave was every bit as spectacular as what we had seen on the internet! Just wow…we were so unbelievably lucky and our streak continued. We had submitted for an online lottery for Zion’s subway and found out that we had won that lottery as well. Whoopee! That meant our time in Kanab was quickly coming to a close so we thanked Vicky for her amazing hospitality, and made our way over to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Both were spectacular and we enjoyed our Subway bottom up hike despite the super cold water…good thing we wore wet suits the whole time! Angel’s landing on Memorial Day weekend was a bit bonkers but we were on one of the first buses out to the start of the hike and we managed to beat the crowds. Well worth getting up at the ungodly hour of 4:30 am! From Zion, we drove towards Nevada where it was Vegas baby…VEGAS! Neither one of us had been to Sin City before and it was worth the wait. We walked the strip, gambled a bit at the casinos, took in a Cirque du Soleil show, and relaxed at our very first campsite (KOA at Sam’s Town). Oh, and we got a bit of camper van maintenance taken care of too (the automatic door locks and fixing the AC). From Vegas, we checked out the Hoover Dam and that was it. Our time in this section of the US had come to a close and next up will be the West Coast (California, Oregon and Washington). Boy is time flying by and we are having a blast!


10 May: Drive to Denver
11 May: Denver
12 May: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Boulder, Denver
13 May: Denver
14 May: Garden of the Gods, Black Canyon of the Gunnison
15 May: Ouray, Moab, Arches National Park
16 May: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point
17 May: Page, Arizona
18 May: Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Kanab
19 May: Kanab (Toadstools and Johnson Canyon)
20 May: Coyote Buttes South and White Pocket
21 May: Kanab (Sand Caves & Belly of the Dragon)
22 May: Coyote Buttes North
23 May: Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park
24 May: Zion Subway hike
25 May: Zion Angel’s landing, Las Vegas
26 May: Vegas strip
27 May: Las Vegas
28 May: Las Vegas
29 May: Hoover Dam, drive towards Death Valley

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