Friday, August 25, 2006

Is anyone even reading this?

Wow… it’s been quite a long time since we’ve updated (sorry to all of you faithful viewers I like to pretend exist) – so in response to those who are wondering were we have been, might be, and are going = here you are:

Condensed Travel Log:
Following our time in the MI, IL, IN, Iowa, and KS we made our way to Colorado (Garden of the Gods and driving through the Rocky’s), up through Wyoming (where we spent time in Tetons National Park (N.P.) and Yellowstone N.P.), and into Montana (Glacier N.P.).


As Jake's understudy, I've turned into one kickin' rock climber... here is one of my first "minor" challenges at Garden of the God's... I anticipate soon I'll be better than him...













Our trip to the Tetons + an unexpected suprise on one of our off-trail expeditions.










Or friend at YellowStone!
This Bison is so much closer than it presents to be... look at the dominice she has over the fleeing car...








During our visit with the Bakers we made a hike up into the Bitterroot Mountains and up to beautiful Baker Lake and her two neighboring sister lakes...








Glacier National Park... And, yes - that is Grinnell Glacier behind us... beautiful.










We have found in each state a major storm to out-run... Here was the finale storm in Glacier... a blazin' fire storm!













Shortly after our time at Glacier N.P. we headed across Idaho, through Washington, and into Portland OR, which was the starting point of our drive down along the OR coast. Making our way down the coast we drove into CA where we spent time with more friends and family in Sacramento, San Francisco Bay area, and L.A.


My dream... the beautiful Oregon coast. Notice the hundreds of sea lions below and the heavy waves on the Ansel Adams worthy coast...













You see our faces... You know what's goin' on...










Driving through Joshua Tree N.P. and the Mojave Desert we found ourselves cruising by the Hoover Dam and through Las Vegas on a Friday night and quickly realized why we love N.P. so deeply… That night we made our way to Zion N.P. where we spent the entire next day hiking, exploring, and being in a state of awe.


Joshua Tree and Jake humoring me by posing just like a Joshua Tree...










Our Zion experience...















After a good nights rest we drove over to Bryce Canyon N.P. were we found ourselves in the same practices exercised in Zion: hiking, exploring, and remaining in awe… At the tip of a fellow hiking couple we stuck around that night and explored the hidden slot canyons and petraglyphs of Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument.



Bryce N.P.




























That evening we headed up to Calf Creek Rec. Area (in response to another tip) and set up camp to two entire nights (at the realization we needed to rest and enjoy one another outside of our Civic)… Yesterday at Calf Creek we did what we do best and made an estimated 2-3 hour hike and all day hike of play, and you guessed it, hiking, exploring, and remaining in a state of amazement. Picture of all of the above coming soon!

Here we are this morning, making our way to Arches N.P.. We anticipate heading down to the four corners, Mesa Verde, and Hot Springs in Arkansas as we continue to make our way back East to visit more friends and family.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Finally! We have wondered where you've been...(we being those of us who don't blog but depend on others to entertain us).

Oh the memories you are making!! Looks like you're having a blast...

jen

cory said...

when you guys come to Morocco, can you bring the bearded motorcycle guy?

Anonymous said...

Ok You both rock!!! I am one of the faithful that "checks" up on the two of you often. Have fun and enjoy each other!!
Love,
Rene

Anonymous said...

You both rock!!! I am one of the faithful that "checks" up on the two of you!!! Have fun and enjoy each other!!!

Love,


Rene

X.C.V. said...

Hey - I read your blog! By the looks of it, I believe I'm the only one! Take care and can't wait to see you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,

I love your blog and the pictures are amazing. Enjoy yourself and God's creation.

Love,

Robin

Anonymous said...

Niti and I are going to be in NC beginning on Sept 14th. Will you guys be there then?

(we got the hookah fixed again)

~Derek

Anonymous said...

You look like you guys are having so much fun I love hearing all about your adventues. Love you both!

amber (kundrat) cooper

Anonymous said...

You guys look like you're having a great time! Glad to see more pics. It looks like you are making a lot of great memories with only more to come. Have fun you two!

Alissa Kay

Jungha said...

I want to say "congratulations!" for your wedding.
You guys look so happy haha