Utah was the next State Line sign to cross off on National Park Trip Season 1.

I didn’t know what to expect of Utah, I hadn’t heard much about the state other than how beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park was. We stopped and got our picture taken at Utah/Colorado border along I-70 West. Met some travelers from Switzerland, who graciously took this wonderful photo for us. They too were heading to Arches National Park. Utah was pretty boring the first 30-45 minutes. Then it was just jaw dropping. The colors, the contrast, the mountains in the background. What a beautiful state, how could I have not heard about this before?? It got even better on the trip from Arches to Bryce Canyon. Evergreens, mountains, streams, rivers, ranches, Red Canyon, does it get any better than this? Utah is a must do for everyone! Check out how beautiful this state is by visiting the blogs for each National Park we visited on our way through.

Follow the links below to each post:

Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Zion National Park


Until next time!

Enjoy your travels!



This is it, this is where it starts. The first state line sign in a list of all 50 to check off. This specific sign is located on I-76 heading into Colorado from Nebraska. It came up really fast so be prepared, I obviously wasn’t. The kids still tell the story that I tried to kill them by slamming on my breaks and backing up on the Interstate. LOL!! They are so dramatic.

This stop was on our National Park Trip Season 1, which you can read more about under the specific National Parks or at the links below. Colorado is a beautiful state, even the kids dropped their gadgets to look out the windows once the mountains were upon us.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

We drove through most of the state, on this trip, and stopped at Glenwood Springs. We stayed at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. I thought it would be a great experience to swim in a hot springs pool and a great in between stop! Boy did we luck out in this town!! What a fantastic stop! Cute shops, great restaurants and all around wonderful. The lodge was nice, our room small but we weren’t in it much. Spent most of the time across the street at the hot springs pool! It was HUGE and the scenery around it was amazing! Going to bring the husband back in the winter to enjoy!


We did venture out in to town to enjoy an early supper. Just a short walk over to the quaint little town (which I love by the way, it reminded me of Europe), lots of outside seating and shops. We went to a restaurant that was recommended at the desk of our hotel and it did not disappoint us at all. The Brew Pub, they even brew their own root beer which was delicious and the kids meals were served on frisbees so this place was now top notch (according to the kids). Everything we ordered was just amazing, I can’t recommend how wonderful this place was!


Here are the kids enjoying the home brewed root beer. Even the adults were in love with it!!


Put this place on your list if you are traveling across Colorado on I-70! Great road trip stop!

Until the next stop!

Enjoy your travels!

First blog post

Welcome to Adventures of the Amazon!!

This is a blog I am starting so I can have a scrapbook of my memories. I also want help others get ideas for vacations, answer any questions and in general share my love of travel and the places I go. If you haven’t figured it out I love to travel! I have traveled solo, on group tours, with just my husband, and as a family. All are favorites for different reasons which I will discuss on later blog posts.

National Parks are one of my family’s favorite vacation spots. You can’t go wrong with any of them. I will post each of the National Parks as we visit them. We plan on taking on all of the U.S. National Parks and adding some international ones as we are out and about. If you don’t have a National Park Passport Book get one, we love ours and keep adding in pages the more we visit.

I have a goal to visit all 7 continents before I kick the bucket. Hopefully I have plenty of time to do this. I will get to continent 4 of 7 this December, so stay tuned. This will be a challenge since my bucket list is full of Europe, it just keeps calling my name and holds a special place in my heart. Just a feeling I get whenever my feet touch the soil over there. I feel home.

My third goal is to visit all 50 States before I turn 50. If I did the math right this gives me 8 more years. It should be done by 2023, this is the year my oldest graduates from high school. My vision is to create a huge map on the wall of his graduation party and fill it in with the pictures from each state line sign and each country he has visited along with some really snappy title like “oh the places you have been is no match for where you will go”. Let me know if you come up with something better, I have a few years to work on it.

Fourth goal is to teach my children that to travel is to leave all narrow mindedness behind and open your eyes. So many people don’t leave their own little corner in this world, it is a big place, put here to educate!

I hope you all enjoy my blog, feel free to ask any questions or make comments. I look forward to learning about this whole new blog world!

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