Road Trippin’

The 6am sun did not greet us that Saturday morning. Instead we were greeted with a cloudy, cold and rainy morning {though I’m not complaining, I love rainy days:) } – But what were we going to do now?? After consulting a map of Southern Utah over breakfast we decided to take an extended road trip.

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Kodachrome Basin State Park was the first stop on our spur the moment road trip. Kodachrome had a few attractions such as the Chimney Rock, featured in National Geographic Magazine in 1949 for being the tallest of the approximately 67 pipes of sedimentary rock in Kodachrome.

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Another was Shakespeare Arch. The hike was a 1.7 mile round trip with an optional longer, more scenic route back. Which one did we do? Longer, of course!

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Destination, reached! The arch was A LOT smaller than I was hoping for – But either way √

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 Back in the truck we headed towards Antimony, UT. Why? I don’t know, but I was A-OK with it {more time to chow down on trail mix for meee!}. On the way I had us stop in the tiny town of Tropic again and mailed myself a Bryce Canyon post card at the local Post Office – “♥ Tony & Andrea” {a neat souvenir for later 🙂 }. I ran over to the gas station and grabbed a six-pack of the Cutthroat Pale Ale I got the pleasure of finding the day before {road beer!!}. Then we were off!

Antimony was an itty bitty town with absolutely nothing to offer other than farm land… Or so we thought! Out of no where popped out a lake with boats and camp sites, even PEOPLE – We hadn’t seen people in hours! Perfect time to park the tailgate up against a secluded beach front facing the breezy lake and open up a Pale Ale:)

Alright, where to next? We drove west towards Cedar Breaks National Monument. Going from a warm beach to snowy pines at 10,000 ft high within hours – Come to find out we were near the highest point in Utah!! The pines opened up to a scenic view called Point Supreme {reminded me of Nacho Supreme…}.

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 Again, not knowing anything about our destinations, we drove into Duck Creek Village in search of Strawberry Point {the name sounded nice 🙂 }. Driving up the dirt road through residential cabins and forest I was wondering if the destination was going to be worth the stop. I need to learn NOT to assume – Strawberry Point was the highlight of the trip.

Unbelievable beauty struck me as I ventured out of the thick pines and onto the elongated ledge.

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The peak overlooked an entire arena of  strawberry colored canyons which suddenly changing scene into green forest below- And little me being at over 8,000 ft high above it all.

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(I hung over the ledge for this pic… Still in shock I did that!!)

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As I soaked in the scenery Tony flew his drone around the canyon while the birds tried attacking it lol {don’t get too close little birdies, the drone with slice you in two!!}.

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Six hours of trail mix and energy drinks I was hankering for actual FOOD! Our last stop on the way back to Bryce Canyon was at a Steakhouse in Hatch – Though I ordered a veggie burger {I’ve been really into the vegetarian options lately} stuffed with cheese and grilled mushrooms inside a fresh baked bun and a simple side salad. Mmm!! A delish’ way to end our spontaneous Southern Utah Road Trip 🙂

Back at the hotel; BED TIME! We were heading home early the following morning, but only after a few stops ♥ xoxo

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About the Author:

Andrea Blake is a southwest travel blogger based in Arizona. See her featured on Montem Outdoor Gear, Hotel Valley Ho and more. When she is not summiting a mountain or reaching her next destination, she is indulging in her favorite craft beer at the nearest brewery. You can visit her here or her Instagram at @southwestsampler.

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