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Utah and Colorado…

by Stephanie Casher on July 14, 2006

Well, I was too depressed the other night to blog about our time in Utah and Colorado, so forgive the delay. After a long day making our way through Arizona, we got into Utah really late Monday night. I was exhausted and our hotel was so far away, so we decided to cancel that reservation and stop at the first roadside motel we came to. I was a little sketch about being brown in Utah, but everything ended up being fine. The motel owner was very nice (quite the character actually) and I finally got to get out of the car and rest my weary limbs…

The next morning we set off for Bryce Canyon. GORGEOUS. John was all about the Grand Canyon, but for me, it was all about Bryce…
I’m telling you, the beauty in this country is no joke…

The drive through Utah was gorgeous… Once again, I fully underestimated what Utah had to offer. The topography was constantly changing from tree-speckled stone mountains to red rock canyons to an ascension into mountains lined with aspen trees. If you’re ever in Utah, take the Hwy 12 & 24 scenic drives. You won’t be sorry.

When we arrived at Orvis Hot Springs in Ridgway, Colorado (aka the Nudist Resort) later that evening, I was once again road weary after a long day of driving. But the Hot Springs did not disappoint. This spot was the highlight of my trip so far. A lovely room with a comfortable bed and access the the resort facilities which were surreal. The grounds were lush and landscaped. Six outdoor soaking pools, filled with warm water fed directly from the Hot Springs. The largest pool was 40 feet wide — imagine doing laps in a big-ass bathtub…(I wish I could have taken a picture of it, but it was full of naked people and I didn’t think they’d appreciate being posted on my blog, LOL). They provided each guest with a comfy terrycloth bathrobe so we didn’t have to actually walk around NAKED, but could still soak in the nude. It was awesome. Hands down the most romantic night of my life, lounging in the hot water, looking up at a star-filled sky and a full moon(!). I will definitely be back here, for a longer stay next time, and HIGHLY recommend this place for all you couples who might want to celebrate an anniversary or rekindle the romance in your life.

Sadly, we had to leave the Hot Springs the next morning, but the drive South to Albuquerque was also very scenic (if not downright scary with the sheer cliff drop-offs and no guardrail!!!). Hwy 550 through the San Juan Mountains – Gorgeous. It was exactly how I pictured Colorado would be…
We got into Albuquerque around 5pm… I don’t have much to say about Albuquerque – in my mind it will always be the town where I had to leave my lover, so my memories are not the fondest. I’m currently in Dallas, Texas, having braved twelve hours of 105 degree heat to get here… Cousin Doug is taking very good care of me, and tomorrow the conference starts. Unbelievable — I can’t believe I drove all the way to Texas… I’ve been in 5 states in the past 6 days – is that insane or what??? And I’m just getting started…

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