A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
As I was sitting at breakfast the other day, I started flipping through a booklet that belonged to my brother in law all about scenic byways in Utah. I found one that was just a few miles away that looked super cool! You passed by petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks, an arch called the 'Jug Arch' that was a sideways arch (just as the name suggests), and brought you to a back entrance to Canyonlands NP. Well, the back entrance wasn't paved and said you needed high clearance, but hey, we have an SUV with 4x4 capacity and high clearance!! So, we decided to take the plunge and at least drive down the byway until the end of the paved road and see what happens! So, off we went!! :)
We had a great time driving down through the canyon. We saw some rock climbers along the way and then stopped to look at all the petroglyphs:
We found the dinosaur tracks on a big rock and hiked up to see them:
We found the jug arch and I jumped out of the car and took some pictures:
Then the real fun began!! Robyn and Eric were with us, but decided that their van probably wasn't high enough clearance. Um, it's a good thing they went the other way!! We went 20 miles and it took us 1 1/2 hours!!! HA!! I have to admit that, while there were some VERY scary white knucklers, it was super SUPER cool to enter Canyonlands NP through the back door and go up the side of a cliff to get to the visitor's center! We saw a Canyonlands that most people never see! It was totally worth it to me and made our trip there VERY memorable! In the backseat, we had Josh and Peter and two nieces: Jolie and Julia. Julia kept telling us stories about a jeep tour she went on with her family that was REALLY scary--how they went up HUGE boulders and went almost straight up. Then, she made the comment a little later, that the road we were currently on was even scarier! Ha! We had a great time and it took about 1/2 hour after we reached the top before I could feel my legs and arms again! Doh! I think I should have taken more deep breaths... So, here are a few shots from our backroad-offroad adventure:
By far, the coolest picture I took was a panoramic view of the Colorado River Gooseneck while I stood on a ledge. Again, the picture just doesn't do this justice!
That was an intense ride that cured my vertigo. Everything else pales in comparison to that ride! Whew!
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As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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