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Idaho, Utah and Montana Trip Recap in Photos

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Utah Highway 12

My biggest take away from the Utah trip is that you can not control Mother Nature. Although it rained almost every day we were traveling, I believe we still were able to hit most of the important parts of the trip. I also think that because I researched the area so heavily prior to our trip I was able to modify on the fly which turned out to be very helpful while accommodating the weather.

Another take away was traveling by car is expensive. I outlined a few tips in a previous post on cutting down costs but I know I have a lot more work to do. Aside from my housing costs, my vacation costs are my second biggest expense every year. In order for me to keep traveling I must work on getting my costs down as much as possible. Cutting out travel is not an option, in fact I would love to increase it and the only way I can do that is by cutting my costs down.

Traveling with a dog can be quite the on taking but it is totally worth it. After coming to terms with the National Parks not being dog friendly I have focused more on state parks now. They are usually dog friendly, the entry fee is most likely less than a National Park and if you find a State Park near a National Park, they often have the same scenery. Why pay more when you don’t have to?

Dog boarding will now become a tool for when Boomer and I travel together. There will be the occasional National Park I do not want to trade for a state park and instead of leaving Boomer in the car I will drop him off at day care. I have let go of my negative feeling towards pet boarding and have decided to embrace boarding. I will try to avoid any overnight stays for him but a few daycare drop offs really paid off on this trip. Boomer was much more happy in the truck while traveling with a few days broken up by pet daycare.

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finally the wet wood caught on fire!

A pearl of wisdom I got from our trip to Utah: I can never rely on myself to start a fire to cook my dinner over. I had a few dinners planned to cook over the fire ring at the KOAs. Wet wood and my lack of pyro expertise did not pan out well. Luckily I had back up food but it was disappointing as I love a good campfire.

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getting stuck behind these is dreadful

Lastly I know that while traveling by car I will most likely get stuck behind one of these… often…

Below is a photo recap of our trip to Idaho, Utah and Montana. I hope you enjoy!

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Hells Canyon Heavens Gate Idaho
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Idaho State Penitentiary
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Park City Olympic Park
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Kolob Canyon Utah
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Kolob Canyon
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Zion National Park
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Zion National Park
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Zion National Park
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Grand Staircase Escalante
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Grand Staircase Escalante
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Boomer enjoying himself as Yoda
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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
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Grand Staircase Escalante
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Boomer enjoying some petrified wood at the Escalante Petrified Wood Forest
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Boomer and I visiting Dixie National Forest
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Dixie National Forest, Utah
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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Antelope State Park Utah
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Boomer getting ready for bed!
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Boomer taking a swim in a river in Montana

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