2 week family vacation report (NM, UT, CO)

qpjeep420

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Day 9
159 miles...

My daughter is an animal lover, so she was extra excited about the horse ride I had reserved to the bottom of the canyon.

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Me on Tin Man looking down on my wife ridding Maverick, and my daughter on Lefty.

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Bristlecone pine

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A hammer

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This was Mothers Day, so I had rented a cabin on Panguitch Lake at Bear Paw Resort. It was a great surprise for my wife and bonus points for me. This is the sunset over the lake from the Peek-n-Pine cabin.

Day 10 to follow soon...
 

qpjeep420

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Day 10

Headed to the last of The Mighty 5, Zion.

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On the way out of Panguitch Lake we stopped to see the dam overflowing.

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Checker Board Mesa

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Going in the tunnel.

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Looking up at the tunnel windows

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We saw rock climbers

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And deer in the campground.

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qpjeep420

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Day 10 continues...

After setting up camp in North Campground, we did the visitor center, and rode the shuttle to the River Walk hike. We wanted to hike the narrows, but it was closed due to high water levels. Next time!

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It was a nice camp and a great night sleep. The jeep and RTT got a lot of looks and pictures from people walking the trail through the campground.

Day 11 to follow soon...
 

qpjeep420

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Day 11

It was up at 5am to catch the 1st shuttle of the morning to hike Angel's Landing.

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Turkey strutting in the road at the shuttle stop

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We are going up there!

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A look back where we came from

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Walter's Wiggles

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My daughter up on the wiggles

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Its a long way down!

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Scout's lookout. About to start the chains

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qpjeep420

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Day 11 continues...

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Me and my daughter on top of the world!!

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We are way up here!!!!

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On the way down.

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Down the wiggles.

After getting back to camp, we broke down and headed back to Colorado.

Day 12 to follow soon...
 

qpjeep420

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Day 12

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Nice view off Mesa Verde. Going to see the cliff dwellings.

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Cliff Palace. Even more impressive that I remember from being here almost 40 years ago.

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A look inside Sun Temple

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Sun Temple

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The museum and visitor center at Mesa Verde were our favorite of the trip. Wonderful exhibits and very informative.

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I'm a bow hunter so I took pictures of arrows and points

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After leaving Mesa Verde we were headed to my aunts cabin in Marble for a couple nights before heading home. And we saw some snow.

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A quick stop in Telluride on the way. I must get back here when the snow is gone to run Black Bear Pass.

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qpjeep420

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Day 13...

Our last day before we start the long horrible drive back to Mississippi.

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Aspens in the back yard of the cabin

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We knew the road was not open all the way to Crystal Mill, but we decided to see how far it was open.522074

We made it past Lizard Lake

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My girls enjoying Colorado!
Not much past here we came to an avalanche almost blocking the entire valley. So we turned around and had lunch at Slow Groovin BBQ in Marble. Then took a drive to Aspen so the wife could see it.

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The side of the road between Marble and Carbondale.

After aspen it was back to the cabin for our last night in Colorado. And vacation is over. Its a horrible feeling when such an epic trip comes to an end. We all had a fantastic time. We saw enough at all of our stops to not feel rushed but left enough for a return trip to any or all of them. We clocked 4977.0 miles, 9 states, 7 National Parks, 1 National Monument visited, and 1 National Monument driven through, and I don't know how many National Forests, and we counted 41 different state license plates, 4 Canadian Provinces, and a Sonora Mexico plate. I guess its time to start planning next years trip. Utah again? Colorado for 2 weeks? Yellowstone, Tetons, and Glacier? Or west coast? Gonna be a tough decision...
 

Ngneer

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Great write-up, enjoyed the read and great pictures. Nice to see families enjoying great memory making trips, thanks again
 
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