There are three places on my bucket list of U.S. places to visit:
– New Orleans
– The Grand Canyon
– Austin, Texas
So I decided to take a road trip to knock two of those off the list (Nahlins will have to wait.) The trip started and ended in Las Vegas, because that’s where I had planned to spend four days hanging with some buddies there — a thing we do every spring and fall.
Here’s how the trip went down:
Monday, Feb. 29:
I took an afternoon flight to Vegas and picked up my rental car: a red Camaro convertible. They had a special on them, so what the hell. Fighting rush-hour Vegas traffic, I drove northeast to southern Utah, checking into a Rodeway Inn in Hurricane.
Tuesday, March 1:
Got up early and made the 30-minute drive to the entrance of Zion National Park. Spent a couple of hours driving through the park, enjoying the scenery and the power of the Camaro.
It took a couple of hours to get from Zion to Bryce Canyon national park. The pics are from a great — but taxing — hike in the canyon. As you can see, it’s still winter up there.
I made it all the way to Page, Ariz., that evening, stopping along the way at Glen Canyon Dam. It was another Rodeway Inn for me. But you can’t beat $43 including tax.
Wednesday, March 2:
Got up early enough to catch the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend, a few miles south of Page. From there it was on the Grand Canyon via the east entrance. It was a perfect day. I hiked about 3 miles of the rim trail.