Goodbye Mormons, Hello Sin!

Saturday, November 12th – Sunday, November 13th

Ok, so I scheduled a night in Vegas, but let’s be honest and note that the only sinning I had planned was checking out the arts district and probably drinking too much.  Still, I left Utah on Saturday morning, took back roads briefly into Arizona, and then on to Nevada and the Valley of Fire!  Oh, and Las Vegas.

Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire

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Zion: Angels Landing & Observation Point

Sunday, November 6th

Since I had a full Sunday to explore I decided to do two longer hikes in Zion National Park: Angels Landing and Observation Point.  This ended up being pretty much my maximum for the day and I stumbled home exhausted and happy.  We now begin The Zion Picture Blitz.

Angels Landing: looks easy enough, start here and just hike up to the top of that!
Angels Landing: looks easy enough, start here and just hike up to the top of that!

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Parowan Gap

Saturday, November 5th

After two weeks in Salt Lake City it was time to take my leave and I headed out in the morning, taking a route roughly parallel to I-15 (mostly on the 6) down South and a bit West to Hurricane (pronounced locally as “hurra-kin”) where I’d be staying for the next week and exploring Zion National Park.  On the way I ended seeing signs for Parowan Gap, and took a small detour to see more petroglyphs!

Petroglyphs in Parowan Gap
Petroglyphs in Parowan Gap

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Salt Lake City Surroundings

Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th

One of the nice parts about spending two weeks in a location is I have time to explore the surrounding area over the weekend. This meant on Saturday I drove out to see the actual Salt Lake and then on Sunday I went hiking in the mountains before visiting Park City. Rather, that was my original plan.

View from Antelope Island
View from Antelope Island

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Salt Lake City – Week 1

Sunday, October 23rd – Friday, October 28th

I arrived in Salt Lake City knowing little more than it was founded by Mormons and it was supposed to be pretty there. I came away with distinctly mixed feelings; there are a ton of fun places to eat and drink, so much neat nature nearby, a scary lack of diversity and a surprising number of homeless people. Also inversion. It’s a strange city.

Utah State Capitol
Utah State Capitol

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Through Price, not Bryce

Saturday, October 22nd

Desert Rest Stop.
Desert Rest Stop.

The trip from Moab up to Salt Lake City is easily done in a day, but for wandering’s sake I planned a night between the two.  On the map Price seemed the largest city between the two, so I booked a night there and proceeded to have the same conversation on multiple phone calls.

“Yeah, I’ll be spending Saturday night at Price.”  “Oh, you’re visiting Bryce?”

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