Waking up in Chaco was hot, really hot, so it was a relief to finish out the day in the cool evergreen forest at Mancos State Park, Colorado. The next day before we hit the road we had a fun time doing some yoga, taking photos and relaxing. As ready as I was to get to our destination and get our dogs and cats out of the RV and into a more permanent living situation, I had a lump in my throat as we took down our tent and prepared to leave. The soft forest floor of Mancos had been so inviting!
As we made our tired way along the last leg of our 2016 cross-country odyssey (day 10!), I was thrilled to snap photos of the amazing scenery in Southeastern Utah. These landscapes always make me feel that I should be seeing big cats roam along them, as if they belong in Africa or southeast Asia. Beautiful scenery to end our trip with!
After making the big decision to get married and move me across the country, we had to decide what route we would take getting there. Earlier that June we had driven a quick, direct line from Utah to NC passing through Kansas. This time we wanted more parks to stay in on our trip. Our initial route required a little adjusting once we got on the road. This is what we ended up traveling:
Day 1: Charlotte NC to Victoria Bryant State Park, Georgia
Day 2: Victoria Bryant State Park, Georgia to Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi
Day 3: Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi to Village Creek State Park, Arkansas
Day 4:Village Creek State Park, Arkansas
Day 5: Village Creek State Park, Arkansas to Devil’s Den State Park, Arkansas
Day 6: Devil’s Den State Park, Arkansas to Wichita Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma
Day 7: Wichita Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma to Oasis State Park, New Mexico –
Day 8: Oasis State Park, New Mexico to Chaco National Heritage Site, New Mexico
Day 9: Chaco National Heritage Site, New Mexico to Mancos State Park, Colorado
Day 10: Mancos State Park, Colorado to Home (Roosevelt Utah)