The day has finally arrived! We’re flying off to Seattle this afternoon to begin our seven-state, two-and-a-half-week journey back to Chicago by car. We first imagined this trip about a year and a half ago and first posted a proposed map in April 2012. It’s hard to imagine how long we’ve actually been planning this, so I’ve put together a little timeline of when we booked our major items like lodging, flight and rental car. We’ve even been able to make some other reservations along the route, like dinner at a James Beard-nominated restaurant in Fargo, North Dakota (thanks Opentable). Our best road trip advice is to always plan ahead and I think we’ve got that covered. Now we just need to watch out for grizzly bears.
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- 07.24.21 : Got to explore the recently-reopened Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ. It’s one of those sites that lives up to the hype. One benefit of Covid restrictions is that our tour group was only five people plus guide.07.24.21 : Checked out the overview of Horseshoe Bend the day after we kayaked around it on the water.07.23.21 : Kayaked down a gentle 10 miles of the Colorado River from Horseshoe Bend to Lee’s Ferry, AZ. We got back hauled up the river by @kayakthecolorado.07.22.21 : Explored a secret little permit-only area of Vermillion Cliffs National Monumenr. No, it’s not “The Wave” but it’s similar and we were the only people to be found for miles around, so it was even better.07.21.21 : Hiked 10 miles round trip down the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs. The 3,300 feet of elevation gain in the heat was tough, but it’s an incredible trail. This is the Redwall Bridge about 2.8 miles and 2,100 feet down from the rim.07.20.21 : Saw some crazy rain and thunderstorm action while at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Second pic was later that evening with clear skies.