DAY ONE: Portland to Boise
Chris's aunt put us up in a room at her boutique hotel in downtown Boise. We were in a perfect location to walk to the TreeFort music festival.
DAY TWO: Boise to Salt Lake City
On the way we stopped in Twin Falls, Idaho (top picture). It was fun to see the rocks change into a deep orange color on the drive towards Utah.
DAY THREE: Salt Lake City to Arches to Monument Valley
We didn't have very long to spend in Arches, but we loved the Double Arches hike.
To avoid the gloomy rain and horrible wind in Monument Valley, we chased the sun two hours south into Arizona where we spent the day in Horseshoe Canyon and on the Hanging Garden Trail.
DAY FIVE: Monument Valley, Mexican Hat, & Valley of the Gods
Our last day in Monument Valley was sunny and clear, so we drove through the valley, went to Mexican Hat rock, got navajo tacos from a local restaurant, and then drive through Valley of the Gods (where a rock got stuck in our brake pad and made the most awful noise. Luckily, Chris was able to use a tent peg to remove the rock). The sky was so clear that evening, so we drove to a turn-off away from any lights and looked at the stars.