This report is probably too long to be a thread on here, but what the heck, as I’m not back for a few years, so if you fall asleep, save a bit for another day.
I’ve been to the western parks for few years now as I love natural and scenic wonders and did what I thought was my best 2 weeks ever solo doing a Grand Circle last year. Can’t do beaches as I get frustrated and it doesn’t relax me the same way as just looking at a sight with awe.
This time I took my 64yr old mom, who wanted to keep me company as well as seeing what all the fuss was about every time I come back home and force feed my photos and videos on everyone. Now, I’ve carted 3 generations to these parts before including a niece and after a few days they start to grate on me, as they get bored. Too many red rocks! Why don’t they see the same stuff I see? I haven’t got the energy or patience to cater for so many so thought it would be a breeze with just mom. Told her lots of walking involved. She normally walks 3 miles each day into town and back for shopping so is quite fit.
Plan was 2 and half weeks (saved up what’s left of my works holiday, nothing left till March) and get everything done that I love as well as doing all the things I’ve missed out on before. Last year covered a lot around Page, M.V and Moab, and also G.C and Bryce so they were off the radar this time (or so I thought). Yosemite and PCH and S.F were definites for this year in my one-way travel from Vegas.
Don’t do foodie stuff at home or away anyway so restaurants etc are non-existent. Mom has a gluten free diet so it was always going to be difficult to get fed unless we fed ourselves. I am surprised as we have Asda here which is part of the Wal-Mart group so I told my mom not to bring any food with her since Asda is where she gets all her food from in the UK so Wal-Mart would be more than sufficient. However we found it really difficult and I felt for her at times, but we persevered. You’d be surprised how gluten free requirement in meals can be stressful when trying to sort out a meal for the night. Luckily, most our stops had microwaves and refrigerators.
Car – Nissan Versa with Alamo. This is compact believe it or not otherwise the choice was a Fiat 500!!. What’s Economy then? Last year I had Chevy Cobalt on economy. Versa it was then.
One of my faults is that I military plan. I know where I am every day and what I’m doing, so I am a squeaky bit proud that I planned 2700 miles and ended up doing 2670. Can’t believe that 50-60 miles or more were on dirt road, some expected, some not. Definitely will get an SUV or 4x4 next time.
I’m a budget traveller but was surprised how accommodation was about much more expensive that my last year’s visit in Nov. I paid more than double for accommodation in Hurricane than I did last year, and Springdale was booked out. Did I miss something happening in October in the US? However they were all fine with very comfy beds.