Tomorrow afternoon, Todd and I will be on our way to Utah for a week-long vacation!
I am really excited about this trip, since I haven’t really had a vacation all year (an Ironman is not really a vacation…).
My college friend, Annika, is getting married in Park City on September 27th, and we’ll be exploring some of the National Parks during the week prior to her wedding. This means, that in addition to exploring some bad-ass, beautiful National Parks, I’ll get to end the week with a fun wedding on a ranch with some of my best college girlfriends! Doesn’t get much better than this!
Here’s the plan…
Fly to Salt Lake City Saturday (tomorrow)
Sunday morning, wake up early and drive to ZION NATIONAL PARK. Zion is about a 4-5 hour drive from Salt Lake City. We’ll be camping in Zion for 2-3 nights and doing lots of hiking and exploring. My friend is lending us a lot of her camping equipment, which helps us big time! It’s hard to plan a camping trip that’s across the country.
I am drooling at the thought of some of these hikes we have planned in Zion:
After 2-3 nights in Zion, it’s off to another gorgeous place, BRYCE CANYON for more hiking!
On the hiking itinerary:
Queens Garden Loop
Weather looks to be in the 80’s during the day and the 60’s at night. Should be perfect for outdoor activities and camping. My friend who just got back from there said it’s definitely a dry heat, so hopefully it doesn’t feel too hot. It’s always hard to travel when you are following a training plan, but I hope that hiking is a good sub substitution for running and biking.
After Bryce, it’s back up north to Park City, where we are renting a lovely little condo (HomeAway is the best). While in Park City, the plan is to so some trail running and possibly mountain biking. We’ll have a few days before the wedding on Saturday to explore. I am BEYOND excited to explore these trails! Park City boasts an extensive trail network of over 400 miles of public access trails designated exclusively for non-motorized recreation.
Um I think I will want to move here…
On Saturday my friend gets married on what should be a gorgeous ranch and on Sunday night we fly home to Boston. Should be an EPIC vacation! I look forward to sharing lots of my photos when I return.
Have you ever been to Park City? Zion? Bryce? Suggestions welcome!
Have a great weekend!