Thanks guys. The first two pics were taken with my iPhone. The rest were taken with a Sony NEX 5N. There may be a shot or two taken with a Panny point and shoot. Can't remember the model off the top of my head.
We just started going on road trips 2 years ago. I figured it was about time we got out and explored what this awesome nation has to offer. Doing the NYC, SF etc type trips is cool but we wanted to get active. After a while, all the cities start to look alike. I was born and raised in NYC and live in Houston, so I was eager to get away from the crowds.
So I started planning stuff where we can go hiking, camping and all that good outdoor stuff. The first year was a primer. Last year we did a lot of zip lining and hiking and climbed our first 14er. That was a quite a feat for us coming from sea level. We camped a night or two but still spent plenty of nights in hotels.
This year we added more camping. Don't get me wrong. We did not spend two weeks camping. We did a few nights camping, a few at a hotel then a few camping and then a hotel again. We did way more hiking and climbed another 14er. Only 51 more to go LOL!
As far as the White Rim goes, it's amazing. I believe the loop is actually about 75 miles. There are a handful of camping sites scattered throughout. During the spring and fall, you need reservations well in advance. I'm talking 6+ months. But July and Aug scares everyone away. Ill take 106 degrees in the dry desert over 95 degrees in Houston humidity any day. We went to Utah to get away from the heat, LOL!
Anyway, the average speed along the east part of the Rim is more like 5-10 MPH in the JGC. Very rough road in lots of parts. And lots of places to stop and get out and explore or enjoy the view. For our next trip we want to try something new, but I really want to go back to the Rim. Sooo much more to see.
Here's the top of the Shafer Switchbacks heading out into the wild:
Here's a shot looking toward the Needles district from our campsite:
Sent from a pay phone.