My travel authorization has been approved, so on Saturday morning (usually the best time to hunt for cheap airfare) I booked our plane tickets for Utah. Yay! NOW I know we are really going.
So here is the itinerary I have laid out:
We fly into Salt Lake City and from there make a loop that will include Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Moab area, and back to Salt Lake for my meeting in Park City. Along the way I hope to spend time at places like Grand Staircase-Escalante, Goosenecks State Park, Kodachrome Basin (can’t resist that, even if I have gone digital), Cedar Breaks, Arches National Park, Natural Bridges, and as many other places as we can fit in and still have time for short strolls and abundant photo ops.
Usually I don’t make lodging reservations much in advance unless there is someplace really special we want to stay or if we will be traveling over a weekend, but I actually started booking lodging the other week, since I knew I could cancel or make changes if needed and I really want to stay in the national parks. For whatever reason, reservations at Mesa Verde were easy to come by. I got one night (of two) at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and suspect I’ll be able to snag the second if I’m persistent. Zion and Bryce are proving more difficult and may be impossible. I was worried about Monument Valley, but there do seem to be some options there.
Guess I’ll have to get to work!