I hadn't been on a true vacation since I'd been divorced -- a couple of long weekends with my best friend in order to run a marathon in another state. All of my siblings live on the west coast. They all came in to town in July in order to celebrate my dad's 65th birthday.
One of my sisters drove in with her husband, who flew back alone (she works in the school so has summers off) and the other one flew in. We decided to drive back together -- my first real road trip! Of course, I look at her potential itinerary and realize that we will be driving through Utah just as a marathon is taking place! My sisters were troopers, and we slowed down our trip by half a day or so in order for me to check another state off of my list!
I didn't keep great records of where these were taken, but I believe it's in Rocky Mountain National Park. I purchased a CD that was supposed to enhance our drive through the mountains -- and it worked!
Here is a picture from Dinosaur National Monument. There were so many dinosaur bones here that they left some in a hill so that we could see what it was like for the archaeologists. You can touch them and everything. Highly recommended, and pretty empty of people (especially compared to Rocky Mountain National Park!)
Later, back at my sister's condo, we had a great time, which included making pina coladas.
The cat came out from under the bed and I took this picture and texted it to my sister (in the next room) but by the time she arrived, the cat was already under the bed again. I kind of like being able to keep my parrots in cages since I know where they are at all times!