Go West, I Said

Call it a test of my own gumption or a simple thirst for adventure:

I’m hopping in my car and hitting the road to explore the American West!

In an effort to banish writer’s block, stir up my routine and physically reconnect with my passion for travel, I’m uncharacteristically striking out on my own to visit:

  • The South Rim of the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona
  • Monument Valley, Arches and Canyonlands in southeastern Utah
  • Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Carbondale and more in western Colorado
  • Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and the historic town of Cody in northern Wyoming
  • The Thousand Springs Scenic Byway and Boise in southern Idaho
  • Baker City and Pendleton in northeastern Oregon
  • Portland in northwestern Oregon
  • Bend in central Oregon
  • Ashland in southwestern Oregon
  • Mono and Shasta Lakes in northern California
  • Reno in western Nevada
  • The Sierras and Death Valley in eastern California

I last visited the Grand Canyon with a college boyfriend in August 1990, and Adam and I explored Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole in August 2008; otherwise, this will all be new territory to me. I’ve taken a mere five days to plot out my route and get organized, but I feel prepared — and pretty darn excited.

Should all go according to plan, I’ll be on this adventure from March 1-22, 2012For my journey, I have a new parka, sturdy boots, warm clothes, plenty of water, an emergency kit, tire chains and a AAA TripTik.

I’ll be staying in motels and with friends along the way, but will be bringing a sleeping bag, too.

Y’know, just in case I get caught in a snowdrift and need to hibernate in order to survive

While I travel, I’ll be posting here on the blog
as well as on Twitter and Facebook
please come along for the ride!

Monument Valley to Canyonlands

Moab to Arches

Western Colorado


  1. Very exciting! I have very happy memories of Crater Lake, we went on a family vacation in 1991 (cricky, 21 years ago!!). Lassen and Shasta (where the soda was originates!) too. Hope you are prepared for lots and lots and lots of trees! Sounds like a great road trip, have a great time!

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