Tracy M

Joined June 2016Living in: Austin, United States
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  • Day10

    Arches & Moab

    June 9 in the United States

    We made it to Moab about half an hour before Chris, so we took a scenic drive through Arches National Park while we waited for him to arrive. Then we all met up at the Moab Brewery for lunch. Chris still has a few more days off to explore the area, but our journey ends here, so Keri and I are making the long trek back to Austin now. We're hoping to make it as far as Roswell tonight. Fingers crossed for a smooth ride! 🤞Read more

  • Day10

    Capitol Reef National Park

    June 9 in the United States

    Brrr! I knew it got cold in the desert at night, but I guess I didn't factor in the elevation as well. It got down to 37° last night! We woke up at 5:30, rushed to pack up camp in the cold, & hit the road. We took a slight detour through Capitol Reef National Park, which didn't have a whole lot to see, but we stopped at the visitor's center & got some pics at a few overlooks. Now we're heading on to Moab to meet up with Chris again.Read more

  • Day9

    Inspiration Point & Rim Trail

    June 8 in the United States

    Today we drove up to Bryce Point & hiked up to Inspiration Point and down the 5.5 mile Rim Trail to Fairyland. We stopped for lunch at a little picnic table and met an older couple traveling from California who grew up in Austin! After lunch we had to walk another 3/4 mile up the road to the visitor's center to catch the shuttle back to the car. We stopped at a little ice cream shop on the way back to camp & I had some yummy wild huckleberry & chocolate almond ice cream.Read more

  • Day8

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    June 7 in the United States

    We made it to Bryce Canyon National Park around lunch time. Keri & I checked in to our campsite, set up the tent, & headed into the park to do the scenic drive & take some pics from the overlooks. Then we headed back to camp to meet up with Chris. My back was hurting from carrying my heavy pack around yesterday, so I hung out & read in the hammock while they went on a hike. Then we cooked some dinner at the campsite & ended the night with boysenberry pie a la mode from the restaurant across the road. Yum!Read more

  • Day7

    The Narrows

    June 6 in the United States

    After our separate morning hikes & a quick lunch, Chris, Keri & I met up again to hike The Narrows. The Narrows is described in our guide book as the "quintessential Zion experience". The trail is actually in a narrow part of the Virgin River in the canyon. It can be done as a 2 day hike & the water is up to 5 feet in some spots when you get far along the way. We obviously didn't do the 2 day hike. The deepest we got in was up to the bottom of my shorts. This was by far my favorite hike so far! The water was cool & the canyon was beautiful! We even stopped for a while to enjoy a waterfall along the way.Read more

  • Day7

    Emerald Pool Trail

    June 6 in the United States

    Chris & Keri wanted to be daredevils today & hike Angel's Landing, so I ventured off on my own & explored the Emerald Pools & the Grotto. The lower & middle pools were fairly easy hikes & very pretty, and there was a refreshing waterfall at the lower pool. The upper pool trail was definitely more challenging. It was more climbing from boulder to boulder in the sand & hot sun than hiking, but it was a beautiful shaded oasis at the top!Read more

  • Day6

    Zion & the Watchman Trail

    June 5 in the United States

    Today we arrived at Zion. We took the scenic shuttle tour through the park before meeting up with Chris back at camp. The guidebook said the best sunset view in Zion was from the Watchman Trail, so we set out to do that this evening. I didn't get any good sunset shots, but I did get nice nighttime one. After the hike we stopped for some burgers & beers at the Zion Brewery.Read more

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