Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

Third Utah State Park in a day… don’t worry about it!

Boomer and I arrived at the entrance of Kodachrome Basin State Park and briefly chatted with the park attendant. I asked for information on flash flooding and what roads were closed. He informed us that the road to The Governor’s Arch was not open… another side effect of the rain and unfortunately a spot I had wanted to visit.

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

scenic views from Kodachrome Basin State Park

We drove into the park, taking the long and straight road that ended in a loop by the campground. As we pulled around the loop, taking in the sandstone scenery, it reminded me of the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. All the different colored layers of orange, tan and browns highlighting the age of the formations dating from 180 million to 95 million years ago.

I found a parking lot near a few trailheads and examined the list of trails carefully as I am a novice hiker.

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

I selected for our first hike Angel’s Palace Trail. It was an easy to moderate 1.5 mile (2.4 km) hike with a 150 feet (46 m) elevation gain. This trail was also identified as an excellent place for photographers – perfect as I love taking photos!

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

some cool side effects from the rain

Boomer and I set off into the canyon and I suddenly had images of flash flooding in my mind. Although there was not a cloud in the sky I could not help but be on alert as we had been dodging potential flooding situations all week and now we were hiking in a canyon!

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

Boomer checking out the beautiful view

Once we reached the top I could clearly see why it was described as a great place for photographers. With a wide unobstructed view this spot gave you a perfect view of the park as well as Grand Staircase Escalante.

It was a pretty good hike. A few difficult spots as the rain had probably washed away part of the trail, but I had Boomer to hold on to while navigating the tougher spots.  He’s good for catching me when I slip!

After we successfully completed the Angel’s Palace Hike I decided to see the south end of the park before we left. The weather was still holding out and I wanted to maximize our time outside as much as possible. We headed down to Shakespeare Arch – Sentinel Trail. This is a 1.7 mile (2.7 km) trail that starts out easy and works it’s way to more challenging as the trail progresses, although still considered a moderate to easy hike.

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

Shakespeare’s Arch

I planned on only walking out to the arch, which was a quick ½ mile (0.8 km) as we were approaching our departure time as we were beginning our way home that day.

The short tail was easy and mostly flat. This trail was less scenic as you are hiking along the valley floor as opposed to climbing up a mountain, but still an enjoyable walk. We reached the arch and I snapped a few photos along with the other people that where there. This trail seemed to be more popular, even another dog on the there for Boomer to visit with.

If you would like to visit Kodachrome Basin State Park they are located 9 miles (14.48 km) southeast of Cannonville off of Utah Highway 12. The park is open year round from 6am to 10pm. A $6 USD fee will grant you access into the park. Leashed dogs are allowed in the park. Be sure to keep their leashes to 6′ (1.82 m) or shorter.

A tasty treat: Beer Caramel Corn Recipe

beer caramel corn recipe

Beer Caramel Corn!

Maybe I’m not an ace around the kitchen but I learned something with this Beer Caramel Corn recipe. I didn’t know you can pop corn into popcorn with just the kernels and a paper bag. I get where popcorn comes from but clearly I’ve spent too many years making my popcorn in those fold out bags that are slathered in butter and puff up as they spin around inside the microwave. Judge me, I’m judging myself. Continue reading

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Utah

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

I read quite a few travel blogs and most of them have a common theme… while traveling don’t plan everything down to the minute… you know like I do.

I know my planning style doesn’t leave the door open for much spontaneity and often leaves me cutting things out because it takes longer to get somewhere or do something than I think. I do this as I would rather cut down than waste a morning in a hotel room trying to decide what to do. It takes me forever to decide what TV show to watch – I can’t imagine what I would do trying to plan on the fly while traveling. Who wants to waste time in a hotel room when they could be out exploring? Continue reading

Anasazi State Park Museum, Utah

Anasazi State Park Museum, Utah

Anasazi State Park Museum, Utah

Anxious to catch my breath from driving Highway 12, Boomer and I arrived at Anasazi State Park Museum. Although this is a state park and their website stated that they are dog friendly, I always like to ask before I take Boomer in anywhere. I confirmed that the park was dog friendly, however I did not see how to get him into the park without taking him through the visitors center, so I left Boomer in the truck and made my visit a quick one as it was warm outside. Continue reading

Beer Bratwurst Soup Recipe

Beer Bratwurst Soup

Beer Bratwurst Soup

You know what is good? Beer cheese soup. You know what is better? Beer Bratwurst Soup!

I served this soup up at my “Brittany pretends she likes the holidays party” and it was a hit! I slightly adapted this recipe from Pan Nan Continue reading

Utah Highway 12 Scenic Byway: A New Kind of Fear

Utah Highway 12 Scenic Byway

Utah Highway 12 Scenic Byway

As a child I use to have a reoccurring dream (or maybe one would call it a nightmare) that my parents and I would be in our family truck driving up a mountain highway so steep that our truck would tip over. I would always wake up just before we tipped completely over. The scenery was familiar and only after I explained this dream to Drama Papa years later he said “that sounds like Lookout Pass”. Continue reading

Visiting The Stunning Dixie National Forest, Utah

Dixie National Forest Utah

Dixie National Forest Utah

According to what I had read, Dixie National Forest in Utah was a hidden gem, often overlooked by it’s neighboring park, Bryce Canyon National Park. Dixie caught my eye as it allowed leashed dogs on their trails – so of course we would be making a stop!

I pulled into the Red Canyon visitor center parking lot and was pelted by the heaviest rain yet. I was soaked by the time I ran from the truck to the building. I had on a rain jacket and I was dry underneath but the jacket was glued to my body. Needless to say I looked sharp! Continue reading

Beer Skillet Potatoes Recipe

I come from the great state of Idaho where we’re known for growing potatoes. In fact I just saw a commercial on the TV today that advertised Idaho Potatoes – which I felt was an odd place to advertise, on Idaho TV. You’d think we would know about Idaho Potatoes! Perhaps they know that finding an Idaho potato in the state of Idaho is about as likely as finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Needless to say I don’t have any Idaho potatoes in my pantry and it’s not by choice. I’ve heard there is huge demand on the east coast of the United States for Idaho Potatoes. Perhaps I’ll be able to snag some on my next visit! Continue reading