Our final national park stop was at the Petrified Forest. It was really cool and had some terrain and things I'd never seen before.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
On our first day at Arches, everyone got up (relatively) earlier to start our hike before the mid-day heat.
Here is a closer shot of them.
On our way to dinner, the three of us pooped out for a couple of minutes.
We were planning to drive to Four Corners and then visit Canyon De Chelly the next day. Unfortunately, since COVID-19 has hit the Navajo Nation really hard, there are strict curfew enforcements and the attractions on their lands are temporarily closed. So we changed our plans and drove to a hotel right outside the Petrified Forest National Park. I know Four Corners is nothing special but we were really looking forward to taking some pictures and the idea of being in four states at once was mindblowing to the kids so it was a bit of a disappointment as we are unlikely to be proximate to it anytime soon. Oh well! Adaptability.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
On Sunday the 5th we drove down to Canyonlands. I probably knew the least about this park. I didn't do a ton of research because I knew we would be visiting in the afternoon and it would be hot. So I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it was. I'm not really sure what I was expecting. The name Canyonlands does imply that it will have canyons but I wasn't prepared for views that rivaled the Grand Canyon with a fraction of the tourists.