S: May 6th-20th, 2011 6194+kilometers
FC: USA Road Trip 2011
1: May 6 - 20th , 2011 Justin and Joanna Kitchen, Christy Black, Tully Cogill, Suzzanne French and Kevin Borba
2: the driving begins...
7: Arches National Park, Utah The Three Apostles
8: The Double Arch
9: Balancing Rock
11: Landscape Arch
12: 6 of the 8 Canuck fans in Moab
13: on the road again...
14: Monument Valley
16: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
17: Wolfpack meets The Grand Canyon ....Point | look out point?
18: Mathers Campground
28: Glen Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Utah
30: Our sunset pullout en-route to Bryce Canyon
33: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
34: The Amphitheater
37: Driving through Zion National Park, Utah
38: Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel Construction of the 1.1 mile Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel began in the late 1920's and was completed in 1930. On July 4, 1930, it was the longest tunnel of it's type in the United States. The purpose of the building the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel (and the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway) was to create direct access to Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon from Zion National Park. A 15$ fee allows oversized vehicles access to drive through; all other traffic must be stopped to ensure safe passage!
39: Driving into Vegas, Nevada!
46: Death Valley National Park: Land of Extremes Nevada/ California
48: Lake Tahoe, California
49: Suzz's aunt and uncles cabin saved the day!
51: Osoyoos Lake, BC
52: The Road Trip | Day 1 ~Departed Summerland, crossed border, stocked up at Walmart, and drove, hard. All 4 drivers taking turns, finally pulled over in Idaho Falls for some sleep. Day 2~Drove through Salt Lake City, denied booze even at super Walmart...Sunday, but a small miners town pulled through eventually. The beauty of southern Utah begins. Set up camp in Moab, Canyonlands Campground! Day 3~Arches National Park!!! Bocce, horseshoes, campfire evening. Day4~White water river rafting the Colorado River, including gourmet lunch riverside! Canucks game in evening at local pub with fellow fans from Kelowna: a win! Day 5~Hit the road again, impressive drive through Monument Valley, and unbelievable arrival at The Grand Canyon; set up camp at Mather's Campground! Day 6~ We entered the canyon and tackled 6 miles of Bright Angel Trail, exploring many of the look out points after. Beautiful sunset dinner out to reward ourselves at the El Tovar Dining Room. Day 7~ view a few morning look out points of the Grand Canyon, then hit the road. Drive up through Lake Powell, our surprising Oasis in Glen Canyon! Beach time and cool off, but than, hit the road...sunset stop just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park. Set up camp!
53: Day 8~ Early start to view the sights of Bryce Canyon, BBQ lunch at the Amphitheater lookout, and then we drive. Our drive to Vegas took us through the breathtaking Zion National Park. A must stay next trip! Private drive through Tunnel due to our size, and treacherous travels down winding face of mountain. Rock shop stops galore! The drive gets hot as we near Las Vegas! Night out on the town ends the long, adventure filled day. Day 9~Nothing like enjoying a cold beverage while walking the strip in Vegas! Cancuks game at New York New York, with a room full of Vancouver fans! Day 10~ Off to Hoover Dam; bunkers and security included. Next stop Death Valley; ups and downs through mountains explains date restrictions on RV's! A pleasant surprise of incredible geography. Drive well into the night stopping in snow atop mountains just outside of Yosemite National Park (not open due to weather). Day 11~ Arrive at snowy Lake Tahoe;lake is beautiful, but ski hills still open! Suzz calls her aunt and uncle, and scores us a real house to stay at! Timing could not have been better for me! Everyone else enjoys a night full of good laughs and many bevys! Day 12~ On the road, for an impressive and unexpected drive through California, Oregon, and Washington. Amazing views, hours of seclusion on the highway, including no gas stops. We spend another short night in a pull out, but managed another fantastic meal! Day 13~ We conquer Washington, cross the border, and land on Osoyoos Lake at NK'MIP campground. Our final dinner together, beersby, games, and long talk of the conquered miles behind us. Now, how will we ever clean all these bugs off the RV? Day 14~ Wake, pack, and begin cleaning. Final clean up of the RV in West Kelowna at Kevin's Fire hall, and we say goodbye to our home on wheels! Over 6300 kilometers, and we are home safe, sound, and very well traveled!