Notes from the Southwest: Arches and Moab

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We’re in Moab, Utah, and all I can manage to say is “Wow!” This town packs a seriously cool punch! I’ve never seen such high concentrations of hippies and adventurers (two of my favorite varieties of human)! Sandwiched between Arches National Park and Canyonlands, the possibility for adventure is infinite!

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Notes from the Southwest: Bryce Canyon

I’ve been a terrible blogger….


Forgive me? A bit late on this one.

9 June 14


It’s campfire time, so I’ve finally snagged a moment to throw some words on this page. This trip has been amazing and Bryce Canyon National Park has definitely added to the general splendor. Are we even on planet Earth anymore? I have my doubts!

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Notes from the Southwest: Arrival and Zion

As some of you may know, I recently took a camping trip through the magnificent Southwest USA. Below are the journal entries I made along the way:

7 June 14, 1830

Off we go! I’m sitting in the Sacramento airport bubbling over in excitement! Though my flight is about an hour late, in a short time I will be flying into Las Vegas (a total pit if you ask me….) to begin my Southwest National Park tour extravaganza. Adventure, ladies and gentlemen, IS out there. I’ve got Samwise the Brave (AKA, my osprey) along for the ride and we are both bursting at the seams.

We didn't plan this...

We didn’t plan this…

Cassie will be joining me in Vegas and then the dynamic duo will be ready to hit the road! Stayed tuned for the desert adventure I’ve been dreaming up for years!

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Jack’s Urban Eats

Mom and I had a free day to just pop around town shopping. Now shopping can be hard work (look at how heavy that bocce ball set looks!), so naturally we stopped to chow down somewhere tasty!

Bocce Ball

Jack’s Urban Eats is kind of fast food and kind of not. Good quality dishes, but really fast service! They serve sandwiches, salads, fries, etc. And all of it is made in an kitchen open to the dining area. I always think it’s cool to be able to see how people make my food. There was the guy carving a turkey, the girl tossing one order of Asian chicken salad with its dressing, another girl slathering guac on two crusty pieces of bread….you get the picture.

We couldn’t decide on one thing each, so we decided to share: Asian Chicken Salad, and the Turkey Berry Sandwich!

Chicken Salad

Here was the description on the sandwhich:

Oven roasted turkey, fresh cranberry & pomegranate, provolone cheese, apple & walnut relish, spring mix and mayo on a whole wheat roll.

Jack's Urban Eats Turkey Berry Sandwhich

Does that not sound divine? Well, it was. A great lunch break with a great lady.

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