As you’ll know from my many recent pictures on Facebook and Instagram, I spent this past weekend in Utah, America’s 45th state (by this I’m referring to when it was admitted to the Union of the United States). What’s funny is that until this past November, I never had any plans to see the “Beehive State” (Utah’s nickname). It’s not that its national parks didn’t look gorgeous, it was just never at the top of my list although I am aiming to do more “far flung” domestic travel. But then D made plans to attend a conference in the state capital of Salt Lake City and so with $400 dollars already being spent on his plane ticket, it seemed silly not to take advantage of the situation. And so not only have I crossed a new state off my list (I have a ways to go before I can say I’ve seen all 50 but I am making progress), but I also visited a part of my country I had never been to before.
Having lived all of my life in the Northeast, it was beyond surreal to see nothing but desert, nothing but stunning vistas of mountain ranges that reminded me of Peru. It’s really true when they say that the United States is one of the most geographically diverse nations in the world. I have a slew of posts coming your way soon (as I always do, it felt so great to actually be traveling again), but for now some lows and highs as well as a sneak peek at the dozens of pictures I took.
-Finally visiting a national park out West (I love my East Coast historical national parks but nothing compares to the ones in the Western states)
-Surviving the hike to Delicate Arch (it was more than three miles with elevation gain; for this East Coast sea level girl, it was tough at times)
-Seeing some of the most beautiful scenery ever
-Swimming outdoors in early March in 60 degree weather (thanks to the heated pool at our hotel)
-Blisters, throbbing feet and calves (my new hiking boots were awesome but I suppose a full day at Arches National Park wasn’t the best place to break them in)
-Not having enough time…there was so much to see