Last year, I took a huge road trip. I visited Colorado and Utah both and I fell in love with the Western landscape. (I took this from the side of the road in Heber Valley).
I fell in love with new places like Moab, Utah. Although, Colorado, in particular stole pieces of my heart and will continue to beckon me.
Today was the longest driving day of my entire trip out West. I left Denver shortly after 6 a.m. I arrived in Moab shortly after 6 p.m. I’m not gonna lie, some of the drive was downright scary. Icy roads coming through the Rockies, another bout of snow on the San Juan Skyway and a fear-of-heights-inducing drive up Norwood Hill above San Miguel Canyon. It was a crazy day and I have plenty of stories. But for now, I’ll just post proof that it was totally worth it. This is Balanced Rock at sunset.
Well, my first trip to Colorado and Utah is less than a day away. I’m very excited. But tonight I faced the dreaded, but necessary packing. For as much as I love traveling, I really, really hate packing. This time I discovered one awesome thing:
I read about these Ziploc Space Bags for traveling on a list of travel hacks and decided to try them out. They don’t require a vacuum to suck out the air, you just roll the air out. The illustration that showed the rolling step was a bit confusing. You have to roll from the zipped end toward the other end of the bag.
I expect my stuff will be a bit wrinkled, but this really helped me solve the challenge of packing for an 8-day trip that will involve a temperature range from below freezing and ice to 80 degrees, as well as a series of sweat-inducing activities (dancing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing). Currently my suitcase is close to full, but not overly full with a little help from these bags.
Here I come Colorado.
In the thick of travel planning right now. Lonely Planet’s Colorado guide reaffirmed by love for their travel guides and only made me wish they had guides for every single place in the world. I’m heading West during the off season (possibly mud season…), but still hope to find some real gems to take in and to photograph.