Ok, so I left off at the day we went to Bryce.

The day after that, we went to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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We didn’t feel like doing much hiking, so we just took the trails that led to the overlooks.

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It was pretty fantastic, of course.

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❤️❤️❤️

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Made it to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 🗻☀️❤️

We packed snacks, so we ate those …

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… but we ate lunch out in Kanab, UT with some help from yelp.

(we split a salad & a really fantastic roasted vegetable enchilada)

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After that, we drove through CO City, Hildale and Centennial Park because – as I said – I was interested in seeing the places I’ve read so much about.

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After THAT, we saw a sign for a national monument so stopped and checked it out so we could get a stamp.

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It turned out to be pretty interesting.

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(hard to tell, but there are 2 bulls staring at me – that’s as close as I was willing to get)

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The next day, we needed to get to our last park of the trip – Zion.

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Unfortunately, it was our least favorite. It’s beautiful – but it was SO CROWDED. We parked and got on the shuttle that takes you to trails and other areas (cars not allowed), but got off at the 2nd or 3rd stop and went back to our car. Just wasn’t worth it. The trails would have been packed. The shuttle was crammed and miserable. Etc.

We left and drove to a different part of the park:

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We just looked around briefly, though, before leaving.

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We were sort of disappointed about Zion being a bust, but I had one last stamp stop that I wanted to check out near our cabin, so we did that.

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Turned out to be the BEST IDEA.

We had no idea what to expect and thought it might be like Pipe Springs (meaning just buildings to look at), but we found trails and had so much fun.

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It was a little scary, though.

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Those exposed cliff edges? VERY REAL.

I am somewhat afraid of heights and froze at one point when I looked down and saw basically a complete drop into the canyon what seemed like less than a foot away. Turned around at that point because I just couldn’t continue.

Great last day!

(this was the “safe distance” from the edge I was ok with – unfortunately, the trail didn’t stay that wide)

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It was really very beautiful – and MUCH BETTER than what we would have dealt with at Zion – except there was no one around to know if we fell off.

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I’m very glad we stopped at this place. Perfect for our last day in Utah.

I'm really glad I didn't let my fear of heights hold me back (most of the time).  Also glad I didn't die.  👍👍

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We hiked about 3-4 miles and then drove to a peak Jon read about that was right down the road from where we were hiking.

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Gorgeous view.

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We went back to the cabin for dinner.

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The next day was our last day of the trip.

Got up early and drove to Las Vegas.

Definitely not in Utah anymore. #lastdayofvacation #readytogohome

Jon took me on a walking tour of all of the hotels/casinos since I’d never been there before.

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We walked and walked and walked looking at stuff for several hours before stopping for dinner.

We got some ice cream after dinner and ate it in bed watching a movie.

Living it up in Las Vegas. #icecreaminbedbeforedark

Got up at 4AM and headed to the airport by 5. Took note of the people outside still partying/walking around/etc. from the night before and realized I probably have more in common with the CO City residents than most of the Las Vegas vacationers, which is sort of bizarre to consider. (don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t gamble …)

Anyway. The end.

Super fun trip.
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These two are back at it again.

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I’ve been a little worried because while Henry seems to feel better, in general, he hasn’t been completely back to himself. Molly hasn’t even tried to play with him until this morning.

I noticed last night, though, that he was super eager to play with one of MC’s balls and ran around chasing that for a while – and now he’s playing with Molly – so hopefully he’s starting to feel even better than he did when he first came home.

Taking a little mid-play break.
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I am SO sore from my session with the trainer on Saturday. It’s crazy what happens after just a couple of weeks off even though those weeks included a LOT of activity. Just not the same.

I need to run. I didn’t run at all while we were gone, so I’m way behind on the Higdon plan. I’ve got 7 weeks until I’m doing the half distance (for my birthday), so I guess I need to get on it.

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