Day 14-21 car

National Park week, better then shark week!
    We left Boise and took another scenic drive to Salt Lake City, through the salt flats, for some reason we didn’t stop to take pictures.  In SLC Lu’s  friend  Theresa Parker stayed up to meet us, we got in town kinda late, and it was super cool of her to let us crash at her place.
     National Park week for us, got kicked off in Utah.  Since pictures are worth more words then I want to write, I’ll stick to the highlights and let the pictures speak for me.
     The first National Park we made it to was Arches, we got a backcountry pass so we grabbed our gear and hiked out to a great spot and camped out for the night.  The next morrning we saw the arches and balanced rock.  If we had more time or if anyone reading this has the time, I hear the Fiery Furnace is totally worth getting the pass or taking the guided tour.

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     Oh by the way, I like flowers so here are some I liked throughout the week.

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     Going though Grand Sraircase Escalante National Monument Lu’s car turned over 200,000 miles so we had a roadside party, more roadside parties needed on future road trips.

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     Next was Bryce Canyon it was really cool but we just stopped there for lunch and checked it out from the tourist viewpoints.  But I did get a couple of good pictures. 

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     ZION!  Zion N.P. I will be going back.  Enough said.  Other then Arches we had to camp on Bureau of Land Management property. ( basically camping on the side of the road) All the parks were full, we knew Zion would be too.  So we just planned to spend the day there, getting to the park early let us do a great hike.  If you can have the experience we had in six hours (not counting the drive in and out, also amazing) imagine what you could experience in a week! Once again I’ll let the pictures speak for me, but so you know they’re from our hike of Angles Landing.  Thanks to my friend Cat in Anchorage, for suggesting we hike it.  Oh I almost forgot Zion is only 2 hours from Las Vegas, really easy to get to.

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      Last, but definitely least.  The Grand Canyon.  It’s more of a theme park than a National Park, see it if you’re close but it’s in the middle of nowhere, so good luck. In my opinion there are better parks to interact with, even with that said what’s life without saying when in Rome.

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-Phil

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