bugsy running on lone rock beach with the airstream and f-150 in the background
  • A quick trip to Zion National Park–Big Trip #1

    A quick trip to Zion National Park–Big Trip #1

    We first visited Zion NP in April 2016 on Big Trip #1. Read a more detailed Zion post from our 2018 visit here! We visited Zion from our base in Dixie National Forest, about an hour and a half away, which meant we got up at the crack of dawn in order to catch the…

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  • Bryce Canyon National Park

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    We visited Bryce Canyon in April 2016 on Big Trip #1, and again in November 2018 on Big Trip #2. Wow. Bryce Canyon National Park is incredible. Hoodoos (otherworldly red spires) rise from the canyon floor as far as the eye can see, with evergreens sprinkles around for contrast. We visited Bryce on our First…

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  • Kodachrome Basin State Park

    Kodachrome Basin State Park

    We visited Kodachrome in April 2016 as part of Big Trip #1. I’m not even allowed to say the name of this park out loud around a certain someone anymore. Because of this. While everyone is at the National Parks along Rt 12, you can have a quiet visit to the gorgeous Kodachrome Basin State Park,…

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  • Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon–Big Trip #1

    Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon–Big Trip #1

    We stayed in Dixie NF in April 2016, during Big Trip #1. On our tour along Utah’s Route 12, we spent 6 nights boondocking in Dixie National Forest. Red Canyon, with its vermilion cliffs and spires, green pines, and network of hiking and biking trails, was just a couple miles down the road (but even closer, as…

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  • Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 Corridor–Big Trip #1

    Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 Corridor–Big Trip #1

    We first visited Highway 12 in April 2016, as part of Big Trip #1. We’ve since returned to Escalante in 2018 and again in 2020, and boondocked outside Capitol Reef in 2020. The stretch of red canyon cliffs and alien rock formations along Utah Highway 12 from just south of Panguitch in the west to Torrey in the east was…

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  • Cooking in a tiny kitchen

    Cooking in a tiny kitchen

    A few people have asked us about our diet while traveling. We are eating at restaurants a good bit, since that’s an important way to experience a town, but the best way to eat healthily while on the road is to cook for yourself. I’ve actually really enjoyed the challenges of cooking in a tiny kitchen,…

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  • Three Days in Page, AZ–Big Trip #1

    Three Days in Page, AZ–Big Trip #1

    We were in Page in late March 2016, as part of Big Trip #1. Page is in northernmost Arizona, a gateway town to natural wonders like the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell (ok, not totally natural, but wonderous), and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. We went for a few hikes and other…

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  • Hiking in Sedona, AZ–Big Trip #1

    Hiking in Sedona, AZ–Big Trip #1

    We visited Sedona in March 2016 as part of Big Trip #1. The scenery in Sedona is gorgeous, with towering red rocks in every direction you look. The problem with all that beauty so close to a town is that the town is overrun with people shopping, eating, hiking, driving really slowly, causing a dusty racket on…

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  • Five Days in Flagstaff, AZ (visit #1)–Big Trip #1

    Five Days in Flagstaff, AZ (visit #1)–Big Trip #1

    We visited Flagstaff in late March 2016, as part of Big Trip #1. Read about our second visit in 2018 here and our third in 2023 here. Flagstaff is winning the “Could you live in this town?” game, tied with Asheville, a town with which it has many similarities. It has fun, funky downtown area…

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  • Petrified Forest National Park

    Petrified Forest National Park

    We visited Petrified Forest NP in March 2016 as part of Big Trip #1. Just off the interstate between Santa Fe and Flagstaff lies Petrified Forest National Park. We drove through, Airstream in tow, stopping for a few run-hikes WITH Bugsy! Petrified Forest NP allows dogs on trails! The colors in the chunks of petrified…

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