Spring Break in the Southwest

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Amazing how time gets away from us. I swear we just came back from vacation but it turns out two months have gone by and I’m just now getting around to posting the photos.

I love vacation – a chance to get away from home, gain new experiences and have some fun. Our vacations usually involve visiting family and/or returning to our favorite places. This spring husband and I decided to do vacation a little differently, and go to a place where we wouldn’t know anyone and where neither one of us had ever been.

I’ve wanted to go to Las Vegas for years, but have consistently been told “you only need a day or two in Vegas.” That’s a pricey plane ticket for a day or two, so on the suggestion of a good friend, we took a look at the national parks in the area and were amazed to discover how many were withing driving distance of Las Vegas. Husband had been to Vegas for work, but hadn’t had the opportunity to venture outside of the city. So in March, for the first time since our honeymoon 10 years ago, we headed off on a vacation with no one to act as tour guide and only each other for company.

Our original plan was to fly into Vegas, rent a car, and then head to Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Park and back to Vegas for a day on the Strip. In reality, we had missed two big details: (1) neither one of us is big on heights – I am particularly terrified – and (2) while it may be 70+ degrees in Vegas, when you get into the upper elevations in early March it’s still winter and there’s a lot of snow on the ground. And so we improvised, spending less time in a couple of the parks and adding in a couple of others at the recommendation of some very helpful park rangers.

Here’s the map of our trip. We put 1,800 miles on the rental car:

For more on each leg of our trip, click on the images below for photos and details of our adventures at each location:

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