We run away from the heat of Nevada and headed up to the next state, Utah. The name of the state probably comes from the names of indigenous Americans – Ute Indians. There are two theories for the origin of the word: the first says that it comes from the dialect Ute, meaning “people of the mountains”, the second says that it has its origin in word yuttahih from the Apache language, meaning “the one / those who are higher”. This tiny state has as many as 5 national parks and a lot of Mountains, and Mountains Marzena just adores. There will be a lot of hiking! We warn you that this will be mainly a photographic post.
In Utah, we also arranged for Andrea and Thomas to go sightseeing together. Thomas just couldn’t wait for our arrival and start hiking as many trails as possible! They were already camped in Bryce Canyon waiting for us. We drove to the meeting point. Through the way we passed the beautiful valley of Zion Park. Just wonderful.
We found them, which was not easy at night and in the woods. They lighted a fire (for the last month there was a ban on fires) and conversations ran into the night. Andrea, as our paparazzi, immortalized beautifully our night with some photos. And the next day we went to visit Bryce Canyon.
Marzena, if she could, would post even more pictures. So far, this is her favourite spot for photography. It is magical.
After two days of camping, our caravan moved close to the next attraction, Capitol Reef. It turns out that the entire state of Utah is one big area for shooting pictures. There is so much to see and do in this remarkable area. Here you get a real feel for what the earth might have been like millions of years before.
In Capitol Reef we went to Hickman Natural Bridge. We had lots of fun hiking this trail.
Another destination of our expedition was the Arches National Park. We found another nice, free place for a camp. Thomas lighted a fire and we had a wonderful dinner. Full moon so Andrea, of course, took thousands pictures – the woman is volcano of energy. On the following day, we visited almost the entire park. The temperatures were high but the moods were good. With so much hiking around, the appetites grew bigger and bigger. In our minds we started preparing the next night feast.
Almost without moving from the area we visited other interesting place. Magical views from canyons made by the Colorado river.
From the beginning, we knew that our paths would had to part way someday. It was supposed to be our last night together. But we managed to get a few more days. Together, we went to one last place. We even crossed the state border, because Mesa Verde National Park is already in Colorado. We were very lucky because we found ourselves visiting Cliff Palace (Mesa Verde’s Largest Cliff Dwelling), on the last day of the last guided tour. The next day, calmly, we visited the area again.
And it was the last day together, at least for now. We drove west and Andrea and Thomas east. We hope that we will meet again somewhere on the road, in this continent or in a different one.
Andrea and Thomas, it was an amazing week full of excitement. Thank you for camping, joking, talking around the campfire, for advice from more experienced travellers. See you on the next trail!!!
And here is a post from Andrei and Thomas (in German and English).