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Trip Report Cruising the Cs: Canyon de Chelly, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef

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With both Mr. Pickle and I in school and working, we have much less time together than we used to. I have a week's break between class blocks, so we decided to make a quick trip to Arizona and Utah to visit three places we haven't seen before.

We left home Wednesday morning and drove to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. On a previous trip to Utah, we had planned to visit Canyon de Chelly, but we ran into a severe sandstorm and couldn't even see Chinle when we got there, not to mention the turnoff to the park.

October is a wonderful time to visit these parks. The weather has been sunny and clear, but not hot - the highs Wednesday were in the mid-70s. The cottonwoods' leaves are changing, so the scenery is even more striking than usual.

Since we had somewhat limited time, we only visited the South Rim of the canyon and didn't do the White House Ruin hike. It was fun trying to spot the ruins from the rim.

It was a little early for dinner when we left the park, and we decided to stop somewhere along the way to Blanding, where we spent Wednesday night, for dinner. Pro tip: there are almost no places to stop and eat before you get to Bluff, unless you're a convenience store burrito fan.

We checked out a few places in Bluff, but most were more expensive than we thought we could afford. Eventually, we found the Twin Rocks Cafe http://www.twinrockscafe.com, which was more affordable. Their Navajo taco was very good, and there are several other items on their menu which look pretty tasty.

We spent the night at the Rodeway Inn in Blanding - nothing fancy, but it was fairly inexpensive and we had a nice suite of sorts with a king bed. They have a decent breakfast (hard-cooked eggs, sausage, yogurt, bread products, waffles, etc.) and we slept fairly well.

I'll post pictures when we get home. More later!

Lee Ann

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