3,000 Miles of Freedom

A winter road trip of the Southwest

When my office asked me to go to Vegas (my least favorite place on Earth) to work a trade show booth I agreed, but only if I could drive down. What happened next was two weeks of pure freedom. I covered seven states, five national parks, two state parks, 1 national recreation area, and 3,000 miles.

The trip started with a trip to Bighorn Canyon with @jacobwfrank, @quintontolman, and a few others to celebrate #optoutside!

From there I headed south on a solo mission hell bent on exploring as much as possible(despite terrible roads and frigid temps dropping down as low as -20 degrees). Bryce Canyon was my first stop.

From Bryce I headed to Zion. Where I went for a quick hike in the Narrows, took in a sunset at Canyon Overlook, slept in my car, and finally caught a sunrise at Towers of the Virgins

I finally made it to Vegas where I made a new friend and somehow convinced her to go star gazing in Red Rocks Canyon.

From Vegas I took a quick overnight trip to Death Valley for stars and a sunrise at Badwater Basin

The final adventure of the road trip was hiking down to Havasu Falls for a four day, forty mile hiking experience that I will never forget. The one mile campground can be as busy as 300- 1,000 campers per night during peak season. We had the whole campground to just the four of us!

Upon returning to Montana a friend asked me if I was happy to be home. But for me, the last two weeks were home. Home will always be the road. This trip proved that you shouldn't wait for summer to take the perfect road trip.

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us

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