When plotting my drive to Seattle, I was looking both to make it as scenic as possible, as well as to be not repetitive (remember, I'm the girl who can find ten ways to drive to see my daughter in Dallas). Although I am not a huge planner as such, my sister rarely gets to go on road trips. Add to that the fact that she has live in Denver since college and never been to Moab or Canyonlands parks, and a unique trip was born. Unfortunately I am still looking through my photos and she has not sent me her pictures (me being the driver and she being the photographer and all).
Day one involved a shorter drive, from Denver on I70, through the Rockies into Utah. This drive is more scenic every time I take it, especially the second half of the drive which goes through Glenwood Canyon. I'll say here that I70 in Utah is the most desolate drive, with a scene that looks like a mountain crater.
|a side drive well worth the time|
After checking into our motel the Sleep Inn (our least favorite stay on our road trip, the room was VERY warm and we could not control it, seemingly), we had a relaxing dinner while watching Wisconsin lose to Duke, and prepare ourselves for the next day.
|beautiful downtown Moab|
|you really have to climb to this one-literally|
The cost for day one of our trip (not including gas which I'll total at the end), was $112 for the motel, $20 for a very nice dinner (breakfast and lunch were packed) and ten dollars for the car at the Arches. All and all well worth the money!
Next time, let me tell you about those Idaho survivalists!!