Friday, August 3, 2012

Destination Experience Compassion Conference: Day 5

We decided to start our day with a good breakfast at Cracker Barrel before hitting the road. We don't have any of these restaurants near our home and since we had $10 in gift cards, this was a great morning to have one breakfast out on our trip.

For most of the day, we were heading west on the main interstate. Once we were back in Utah, the Google directions I had printed out at home put us on Highway 24, then eventually Highway 12. Little did I know that Highway 12 is one of the most scenic routes in the United States. (Scenic route usually means long winding road!)

 We started to see a glimpse of what we might see the next day at Bryce National Park.

 Love all the layers of colors

 We stopped at one point because I saw a sign along the road that said 'Petroglyphs'. Can you see them?

 Didn't know we were driving through National Park grounds, so we stopped to peek in the visitor center and pick up a Junior Ranger book for Kelsey.

 Just north of the visitor center

 Since it is monsoon season, we had quite a bit of rain along our drive

 We learned later that we had driven through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This area is 1.7 million acres of a territory of multicolored cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles, and canyons.

We were so glad to finally arrive at the KOA we would be staying at for the next couple of nights! Next stop, Bryce Canyon National Park!


  1. I envy you for this trip. I really wanted to do something like this, but my husband had to travel to CA for work the week before the Compassion event so we didn't have time to get there (unless we flew and then it wouldn't have been the sight-seeing trip we wanted to do).

    1. Jill! It would have been so fun to meet up with you at the conference! We were so blessed to have this opportunity to go on this trip together as a family and see some amazing locations along the way. You will have to let me know if you ever travel with your husband to California :)

  2. Grand Staircase Escalante is my absolute favorite national park, with Bryce a close second. Enjoy!

    1. Stay tuned for my post about our day at Bryce!


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