Hello! I am sorry my post is a little late this week. As you know, we were in Utah last week, and I just could not get this done before now.

Well, first of all, it was a GREAT trip! Whenever I travel, I am always surprised at how little I know. I knew there were some parks in Utah, but had no idea that there are FIVE national parks there! And they are spectacular! Each one has its own personality and distinctive features.

We started in Salt Lake City, rented a car, and drove about 1500 miles, but we saw them all, plus took a tour of Monument Valley, which is actually on Navajo land just across the border in Arizona.


As you know from last week’s post, I planned all my outfits before I left,and I am so glad I planned layered clothing, because we had every kind of weather you can think of except maybe hail and really hot…warm, cool, windy, snowing, sleeting, cold, and even had a rainy day in the middle of the desert.

The one thing I kind of messed up on was footwear. I had decided to take my hiking boots, because there are lots of great trails in the parks, and not a lot of wild animals (which is why I don’t usually like to hike–terrified of bears).  Sounds like a good idea—take hiking boots if you plan to go hiking.

HOWEVER, and please listen to me about this…..if your hiking boots are very old, and you don’t go hiking very much, they could have dry rot. And if they have dry rot, the whole bottom part could come off. And if the whole bottom part comes off, you could slip and fall when you are climbing down a big rock that is actually part of the trail, and if you slip going down a big rock, you could sprain your ankle, and if you sprain your ankle on the very first day of your “hiking trip,” you will not be doing any more hiking; in fact, you will barely be walking, but if your husband is as nice as mine, he will fix you up with an ace bandage, an ice pack, ibuprofen, and some crutches, (which you may or may not know how to use) and you will enjoy the rest of your trip anyway. 🙂


 This is what I hiked to see before the big fall. Too bad you can’t see my hiking boots! Actually, no one else saw them either  🙂

Now I could have worn my Nikes and been just fine. They are comfortable and have a lot of traction. But no, I thought I would look so much “cooler” wearing actual hiking boots. HAHAHAHAHA   You have to understand that most of the trails we were going to attempt were no more than a mile or two. We are not talking rugged overnight hikes that require special footwear. And not one person on this earth would have looked at or noticed the shoes I was wearing. Again, HAHAHAHAHA

But they probably did notice what I wore for most of the rest of the trip:

                     I do NOT recommend this look!

But as I said, it really was a great trip, despite being a little incapacitated. The scenery made up for everything, even if I did have to see most of it from the road.

Here is where we stayed in Springdale, right outside Zion National Park. The mountain behind our room lit up and turned red around sunset for about 5 minutes, and we happened to see it!

Don’t want to bore you with too many vacation photos, but just have to share a few more.

Thanks for letting me share my vacation with you! If you get a chance to visit Utah, I highly recommend Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and/or Zion National Parks.

P.S. Ankle is healing nicely. I am going to get it x-rayed tomorrow, but don’t really expect any problems.

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  1. I would not be smiling if that had happened to me! But you are a trooper and you managed to look great too. Way to go.

  2. So sorry about your ankle. Great advice, though. Glad you made the best of a bad situation. By the way, you look marvelous, and that’s what counts, right?

  3. Bummer, but as you can probably imagine, it has happened to me before. The only good thing about it was getting wheelchair escort when I got to the airport and getting to board the plane early. I hear you on the shoes. The soles of my favorite black pair of ‘go to’ flats dry rotted. The only good thing about that was shopping for another trusted pair! I love the pictures. We have been to some, but not all of those parks. And, you look as cute as ever! Now go buy you some new hiking boots. I bet there are a bunch on sale, so maybe get two pair!

    1. Thanks, Susan. Yes, I don’t know what I would have done without wheelchairs at the airports. Our connecting flight in Chicago was seriously at least a mile away. I will have to wait to go shopping. Just got back from the doctor, and he put me in a boot. He thinks I might have a slight hairline fracture, even though it was hard to tell from the x ray.

    1. Yup. A good pair of athletic shoes will suffice. It is a beautiful part of the country. Just make sure to go in the spring. WAY too hot in the summer!

    1. Saw a picture of her boot on FB, so just messaged her with a picture of my boot 😉 Hers sounds a lot worse than mine….just a sprain with a possible hairline fracture. My story is better than hers!

  4. Enjoyed your pictures! We’re in Utah now visiting Capitol Reef, Zion and Bryce Canyon. We went to Arches and Canyonlands last year. I had no idea Utah is as beautiful as it is!

    1. Isn’t it great? Like you, I had no idea. If you get a chance to go to Monument Valley, I highly recommend Navajo Spirit tours. We learned so much. Have a great trip, and don’t wear old hiking boots! 😉

  5. Your adventures and scenery look wonderful, thank you for sharing the photos, sorry to hear about your sore foot, but you have made the most of it. You are smiling in each photo, what a nice husband, to look after you.
    Take care, Tracey.

  6. Sorry about your sprain but I have to admit I could see myself getting in that situation too! So lovely to see your pics of Bryce and Zion, recognised those spots, brought back lovely memories. Fortunately my hiking boots held together for the trip!

  7. oh no, but what a funny way you told the story. we’re going this summer to the 5 national parks and to page, arizona. i hope i’ll be passing monument valley? we just actually decided to buy some hiking/trail shoes b/c we don’t have any real sneakers anymore. hopefully they work out well for us!
    feel better soon!

    1. You should be able to work it in. We went through there on the way from Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon. Have fun. It is a great trip!

  8. Awww, so sorry to read about your spill. I hope all went well with the x-ray. Thank you for sharing such scenic views from your trip. I am sure it was amazing despite the absence of hiking.

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