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Utah-a sneak peek

Arches National Park

As you’ll know from my many recent picturesΒ 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.

Arches National Park

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.

Arches National Park

Highlights

-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)

Lows

-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

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    Emma
    March 13, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Glad you got the opportunity go out there! Utah is definitely one of the first states I want to go to when I eventually make it to the USA.
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      Julie
      March 17, 2015 at 9:24 am

      The trip stars definitely all aligned which was great! It would be a great introduction to the incredibly diverse landscapes of the US πŸ™‚ Hope you get to make it there!

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    Jo Ann M. (@JoAnn0924)
    March 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Love your photos of the rock formations in Utah! As I’ve said before, I really appreciate the art of Mother Nature. It is both gorgeous and inspiring!

    Although I choose to travel to the big cities these views make me reconsider a trip to the big outdoors!

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      Julie
      March 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks Jo Ann! They were simply amazing to look at and photograph, especially coming from the East. And yes, when you think they’re thousands upon thousands of years old, it’s simply unimaginable. I’ve always been a big city kind of traveler but really like that I’m also getting to see some of these spectacular nature themed places too!

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    Sandrine
    March 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Glad to know you survived the hike to Delicate Arch !! I like your photos, especially the second one, the landscape seems to be infinite !

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      Julie
      March 20, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I am too although I couldn’t imagine doing so in brutally hot temperatures! And thank you, yes-the landscapes definitely seemed to go on for as far as the eyes could see!

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