The Take It Back Tour

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I’ve been a little quiet these past few months for many reasons…school, work, social life…but I also went on a little roadtrip.  I had planned on going alone as an empowering sort of adventure, but instead I invited the dark horse to be navigator and he accepted.  So a different kind of trip altogether, but still quite empowering.

The route was as follows:

Portland to Salt Lake City (12 hours)
SLC to Moab (4 hours)
Moab to Chaco Canyon (10 hours)
Chaco Canyon to Santa Fe (6 hours)
Santa Fe
Taos
Santa Fe to Escalante (10 hours)
Escalante
Escalante to SLC (5 hours)
SLC
SLC to Twin Falls (3 hours)
Twin Falls to Fruitland (3 hours)
Fruitland to Portland (6 hours)

It was a mix of camping and hotels, never more than two nights camping in a row (which I happen to think is a good rule of thumb).  Lots of driving in the sexy little silver fox, but the car did well and managed some very rough terrain.  Long bumpy dirt roads exploring canyons and campsites.  The French tourists praised my driving skills.  Some great life lessons were learned….Google maps is not, it turns out, always right.  Thank god for an atlas in the car.

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It is a small world.  The park ranger at Chaco Canyon was from Idaho.

Finally saw the Loretto Chapel and the miracle staircase.  Bought a turquoise ring so I could come back and say, “Looks like somebody’s been to Santa Fe” which is marriage speak for bedazzled in turquoise and just a little bit tacky.  Spent a brilliant afternoon swimming in the Rio Grande River and sunning on rocks near the John Dunn Bridge outside of Taos.  Salt Lake City really does have streets as wide as I remember and the lights really do take forever to change.  I miss Mazza, and Stoneground still has the best tiramisu in the world.

ImageMoab has been built up in the eight years I’ve been away, but we managed to find a campsite waaay out of town where we were the only ones until some people arrived in the middle of the night and spooked us both.  Thankfully we were not knifed to death and drove out safely the next morning to live to camp again in Escalante.

ImageThe slot canyons are better without dogs.  In fact, there’s a sign at the top of the canyon posted “This Hike is Not Appropriate for Dogs.”  Ha.  Turns out, the maker of that sign knows what they are talking about.  I miss the red rock desert.  The sky is bigger here and full of stars.

And finally…sun on your skin feels good until it doesn’t.

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3 thoughts on “The Take It Back Tour

  1. Marylyn May
    on August 27, 2012 at 4:21 am said:
    Just talked to your mom this evening and she said that you had gone to Santa Fe. Wish we could have been there to show you around. We loved the two years that we lived there. Hope you were there over a Saturday so that you could experience the Indian Market in the Plaza. I can still smell the bread baked in a horno oven. We would always buy a loaf, but never made it home without having half of it torn away so we could eat it on the way home.

    • That was the thing that was the hardest to get use to…all of the chili sauce made everything taste alike. The first day Mike went to school he came home nearly scandalized. “They even put chili on the fried chicken!” Now he eats the hottest stuff he can find in any ethnic food. And we also like our foods spicy.

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