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Report 1362: Our Big Trip

By Nana from USA, Summer 2007

Trip Description: June 25 2007 - July 25 2007. My daughter-in-law, granddaughter, grandson, and I traveled in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and Wyoming, visiting nine National Parks. My son joined us for the last two weeks of the trip. Five days of the trip were spent kayaking and camping with O.A.R.S. Cathy, Erik, Katelyn and I visited (in order) Arches, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks.

Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - Other North American region, Southwest

Categories: Camping; Family/Friends; Hotels/B&Bs; Day Tours; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Independent Travel; Adults and Young Children; Small Group: 5 to 9

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Page 1 of 38: We Plan Our Trip

photo by Nana

Kayaking in Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park, on our O.A.R.S. trip

In the fall of 2006, my daughter-in-law, Cathy, son, Dave, and I began planning our trip. Cathy, my granddaughter, Katelyn, 11, my grandson, Erik, almost 10, and I would drive out west visiting National Parks. Dave would join us midway. After Dave and I flew home, Cathy would drive back with the kids, doing some sightseeing on the way.

The first thing we did was make reservations for our O.A.R.S. trip - this is an adventure travel company and we reserved a kayaking/rafting/camping trip July 17 - 21 in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Dave also reserved his and my plane tickets at this time. We also made our reservations for three nights at Yellowstone for the time after the O.A.R.S. trip.

In the spring, we started to talk about where else we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. Cathy did a lot of research on the National Parks and on driving. We also wanted to visit her mother, who has a house in the mountains of northeastern Arizona. We decided to leave June 25. Their whole family was at our house for Easter and the weather was terrible, so Cathy and I spent a lot of time with AAA Camping books and maps and we used the Internet to make campground and motel reservations. We also looked at tours available for each park and made reservations for some tours.

We all got water shoes, binoculars, hats, headlamps, and hiking boots, and my husband bought me a tent.

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We Plan Our Trip

The Big Trip Begins

Day 1 - June 25, to Salina, Kansas

Day 2 - June 26, Salina, KS to Rifle, CO

Day 3 - June 27, Rifle CO to Arches National Park UT

Day 4 - June 28, Moab, Utah

Day 5 - June 29, Arches and Mesa Verde

Still Day 5 - June 29, Mesa Verde, Colorado

Day 6 - June 30, Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Monument Valley

Day 7 - July 1, Monument Valley

Still Day 7 - July 1, Monument Valley

Day 8 - July 2, The Painted Desert

Still Day 8 - July 2, The Petrified Forest and Cathy's Mother's House

Days 9 & 10, July 3 & 4, at Cathy's Mother's House

Day 11 - July 5, to Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Day 12 - July 6, Grand Canyon National Park, Bright Angel Trail

Still Day 12 - July 6, Grand Canyon

Day 13 - July 7, Grand Canyon

Day 14 - July 8, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, AZ and Zion National Park, UT

Day 15 - July 9, Our Best Adventure - Hiking The Narrows at Zion

Day 16 - July 10, Zion and Bryce National Parks, UT

Day 17 - July 11, Bryce National Park, UT

Day 18 - July 12, Bryce and Capitol Reef National Park

Day 19 - July 13, Great Salt Lake, Utah and Idaho Falls, Idaho

Day 20 - July 14, Idaho Falls and Dave's Arrival

Day 21 - July 15, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Day 22 - July 16, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Day 23 - July 17, First Day of O.A.R.S. Trip-Teton and Yellowstone

Day 24 - July 18, Second Day of O.A.R.S. Trip - Snake River

Day 25 - July 19, Third Day of O.A.R.S. Trip - Jackson Lake

Day 26 - July 20, Fourth Day of O.A.R.S. Trip - Grassy Island

Day 27 - July 21, Last Day of O.A.R.S. Trip - Jackson Lake

Day 28 - July 22, Yellowstone National Park, My Favorite Park

Still Day 28 - July 22, Yellowstone National Park II

Day 29 - July 23, Yellowstone III

Day 30 - July 24, Yellowstone and Jackson

Day 31 - July 25, Heading home

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