From CO to CA with Karree   2 comments

From CO to CA with Karree

Sept. 24 – 28, 2013


Karree decided to do some travel nursing again in California and invited us to ride out with her.  So Jim & I flew into Denver and she picked us up at the airport and it was “westward ho”.   This was a five day adventure so we made good use of our time.  Our destinations included Arches National Park, Moab, UT; Capitol Reef National Park, UT: traveling scenic byway 12 through Utah; Bryce National Park, UT; Zion National Park, UT; Marina del Ray, CA; then moving her into her apartment in Culver City, CA. 

As per the google map below we traveled about 1,200 miles.  It was a fun time with our daughter and we got to see some beautiful country in this grand U.S.A. 

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Arches National Park:  The 73,000 acre park is located in eastern Utah just outside of Moab. With over 2,000 arches it contains the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches.  The National Park is a red, arid desert, punctuated with oddly eroded sandstone forms.


Capitol Reef National Park:  Located in south-central Utah, the park is 100 miles long but fairly narrow.  It is characterized by sandstone formations, cliffs and canyons, and a 100-mile long bulge in the earth’s crust called the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth’s crust that is 65 million years old.  Erosion has carved the rock into marvelous shapes.


Mormons settled the Fremont River Valley in the 1880’s.  The National Park Service has preserved the original the Historic Gifford Farm, which can all be seen on highway 24 that runs through the park.  Petroglyphs can be seen on the sheer cliffs near the school house were carved by people in the Freemont Culture.


Scenic Byway 12, Utah:   We traveled the entire 124 miles of this remarkable  Utah route.  Around every bend in the road was another beautiful landscape of plateaus, canyons and valleys.  I copied this map from



Bryce National Park:  Bryce is located in southwestern Utah about 50 miles northeast of Zion.  It is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.  Bryce is distinctive due to bizarre shapes, windows, fins and spires called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering.  The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views as you view the splendid scenery from any of the many overlooks.


Zion National Park:  Located in southwestern Utah, Zion has some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States, and it is one of our favorite parks.  Within its 229 square miles are high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons, and the Virgin River and its tributaries.  We entered the park from the East entrance.  The unfolding scenes were breathtaking. 

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Zion Canyon scenic drive through the narrow canyon is open to shuttle buses only.  The park service provides free shuttle service, with included narrative.  It was late in the afternoon so the shadows were outstanding.  We got off the shuttle bus at the at the last stop into the canyon and hiked back into the beautiful area a bit. 

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After our great time spent in National Parks and seeing the beautiful areas of Utah we headed out to the Los Angeles area.  We arrived at Marina del Ray mid-afternoon.  We stayed at a hotel by the ocean that night, then the next day we got Karree moved into her apartment. 



The La Brea Tar Pits:  Is a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in urban Los Angeles.  Tar (brea in Spanish) has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The asphalt would form a deposit thick enough to trap animals, and the surface would be covered with layers of water, dust, or leaves.  Animals would wander in, become trapped, and eventually die.  Predators would enter to eat the trapped animals and also become stuck.  Dating of preserved wood and bones has given an age of 38,000 years for the oldest known material from the La Brea seeps.

This is a tar pit just outside of the Museum.  You can see and smell the tar.  The second photo shows gas bubbles and tar slowly emerging at La Brea Tar Pits.


The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. The La Brea Tar Pits are a registered National Natural Landmark.




Jim & I flew home early on Saturday morning.  Since Tuesday morning we had driven a lot, seen remarkable country, and most of all we enjoyed being with our youngest daughter. 



Posted October 29, 2013 by marilynfarmer in Travel

2 responses to “From CO to CA with Karree

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  1. Hi there,
    I loved your travel photos; I also did the Eastern Turkey tour and the Hurtingruten.We did that in June so it was interesting to see what it looks like in winter. In Van the president was there giving an election speech at a square, soldiers in riot gear and water cannons at every corner.
    We also did the some Canadian tour.
    Enjoy all your future travels and keep the pictures coming!

    Christa shackleford
    • Thank you Christa. Sounds like we have been to several of the same places. And I bet your enjoyed the adventures as much as we have. We are on our way home from Italy and I will have it up on my blog in a couple of weeks. Happy travels to you!

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