Initially prior to starting our Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hike, we drove our van to Natalie’s (our daughter that lives in Ft. Collins, CO) and left it there and flew out from Denver to San Diego to start the hike. Natalie picked us up with the van at Hikertown, CA on Sunday, June 20, 2004 as pre-arranged.
Natalie had put together a “road trip” that we embarked on after she picked us up from the end of our Pacific Crest Trail hike. The following is a brief summary of the places we visited in the two weeks from the time that she picked us up and when we returned to Fort Collins, CO. Follow the links to see pictures and commentary about each item. Use your browser’s back button to navigate through the thumbnails and pictures to return to this page. Pat kept a Diary of the Road Trip and it can be found by clicking here.
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Mojave National Preserve Desert
Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve
Mon June 21:
Belagio, Las Vegas - viewed the evening water show
Las Vegas Old Town- visited the casinos and watched the laser show
Tues June 22:
Belagio-Las Vegas - visited the casino and Botanical Gardens
Flamingo-Las Vegas – visited casino and saw the flamingos, penguins and pools
Caesar's Palace-Las Vegas – visited the casino and the Caesar Forum Shops
Kingman AZ, took old Route 66, to Oatman, AZ
Oatman, AZ - visited a haunted hotel where famous people (and everybody else) wrote their names and dated dollar bills and then pasted them on the bar, ceiling, walls, counters. Wild burrows wander the streets.
Lake Havasu, AZ - viewed a real London Bridge that was purchased by Lake Havasu from London and is now in place on the Colorado River.
Wed June 23:
Quartzite, AZ - stopped and looked for rocks out in some washes.
Prescott, AZ - We camped very near Prescott and then came back in
the evening to watch a Clogger's Show (International Dancers)
Thurs June 24:
Sedona, AZ - observed the beautiful rock formations
Fri June 25:
Visited Grand Canyon - South Rim. Got to see California Condors close up.
Visited Glen Canyon National Recreation Center
Visited Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center
Sat June 26:
Visited Zion National Park, Utah
Visited Cedar City, Utah
Visited Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
Visited Red Canyon, Utah
Visited Bryce Canyon, Utah
Visited Escalante National Park, Utah
Camped at Escalante Petrified Wood State Park, Utah
Sunday, June 27:
Calf Creek Falls, Utah - 6 mile round trip hike to a 126 foot waterfall.
Visited Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Observed that Lake Powell is dried up at the Hite Marina – low water
Visited Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Monday, June 28:
Visited Arches National Park, Utah
Visited Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Tuesday, June 29:
Train Ride Durango, CO to Silverton, CO via the narrow gauge railway (round trip)
Wednesday June 30:
Leadville, CO – Visited the International Mining Museum
Set up a base camp at the Gray’s Peak Trailhead
Thursday July 1:
Climbed Grays Peak and Torrey's Peak, both 14,000 feet.
Returned to Fort Collins, CO