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Arches National Park

Arches National Park was the one park that I had been to before. But you know what? It’s still amazing. It’s a pretty small park, but there is plenty to see, and it has one of my favorite hikes in the universe – devil’s garden trail. It includes everything you would want in a good hike, is incredibly challenging, and never boring. And it’s long. It will make you hungry! The hike to delicate arch (see above) is not that interesting, but totally worth it to see this wonder. It’s famous for a reason, people, because it’s rather awesome.
So be sure to take snacks for along the way, like a banana. We ate a lot of bananas, as we always grabbed a bunch from our continental breakfast at the motel. And apples too, we took a lot of apples from the breakfast fruit bowl. Cookies don’t hold up very well in the heat, especially ones with chocolates in them. But dried fruit works wonders and so do fig newtons, so pack some. And obviously, it goes without saying, take lots of water. You’ll need it.
There isn’t food available in most of the national parks. So be sure to bring food with you. So yet again, it was another sandwich. We just picked up some sandwiches from the grocery store, and since we were always starving, they were always delicious. The hardest thing about eating these was how windy it was out. Man! We had to hold onto everything, and not just the sandwiches. We ended up giving up half way through and then eating in the car. I love this park because everything is so big and weird looking, but it’s a really easy park to get around.

Canyonlands National Park

Our first day was spent at Canyonlands National Park. There are two main areas to visit, Islands in the Sky and the Needles, but the Needles requires a 4×4. So we were only able to check out Islands in the Sky. It’s a fitting name, indeed. Things really do look like they’re floating in the sky. It’s hard to see the massiveness of this park in the photo. The place is ginormous. They have a few nice areas for picnics, with tables and all. So we got to enjoy our chipotle turkey sandwiches from Love Muffin. The sandwich in and of itself was fine, but it was so darn dry. And when you’re out in the heat hiking all day, the last thing you want to do is bite into dryness. I think if there were more condiments or veggies or something, it would have been a lot better. It’s a big honkin sandwich too, so it’s totally worth the $8. All of their to-go sandwiches also come with either chips or a piece of fruit.
Here’s one last shot of this park. This was our first day so we only ended up hiking a few miles. Little did we know we’d turn into hiking machines.

Poolside Eats – Orlando

After the third and final day of trade show goodness, and where it was actually truly warm enough to hang outside, we ate at the restaurant at the hotel pool. And really, the weather could not have been lovelier. And it was super relaxing. For me, a passion fruit smoothie to soothe the stress away…
I think these are southwestern style egg rolls. These weren’t half bad!
A grilled chicken sandwich with fries. You can’t really tell from the photo, but this sandwich was huge. I mean, like freakishly huge. Like fit for three people to eat huge. I snagged a lot of these fries and really liked them.
I got the fish tacos. They were served with some guac, pico, sour cream, and mango salsa. The tacos weren’t all that great, I ended up eating only two of them because the last one just wasn’t worth eating. But the fixins were all good! And the fruit too. And the food came out beyond slow. I mean, you’re at a pool, so I guess you can just hang out. But it was really nearly unacceptably slow. What are you gonna do?

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