The Southwest with my Wife

Yep, you heard that right. I am now married to my longtime girlfriend Sarah. We were married at Chico Hot Springs in Paradise Valley, her and I’s favorite place, and had a great time. I may post some more wedding pictures later, but considering this is an adventure blog I figure I would focus on our honeymoon. We spent several days traveling to Moab with some awesome stops in between.

A couple of days after the wedding we drove to Teton Village going through Yellowstone and Teton National Parks on the way. We made a day out of it and visited a couple geyser basins.

(Warning this post is very picture heavy)

The Southern Gallatins

Cool formations on Steamboat Geyser in the Norris Geyser Basin

The sapphire waters of a spring in the Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Eerie blue waters

Good Ol’ Faithful

Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park

Sunset on the Tetons

Nice looking Bull Elk

After staying the night at the swank Four Seasons Resort (yeah off season discount!) in Teton Village. The next morning we got up and rallied south to Vernal, Utah and Dinosaur National Monument. I had visited this Monument when I was about 8 years old so this was essentially my first time there. We arrived in the late afternoon and drove a little ways. We then went and inquired about camping where we were told that most of the campgrounds were closed. I prodded a little more and she directed me to a small campground that is first come first serve and about an hour away. We decided to go for it, which was committing as we were out in the middle of nowhere, and we were nervous all three of the campsites would be taken.

We arrived to find absolutely no one there.

Camping in Dinosaur National Monument

Views from the campsite

The campsite was located right on the Green River. I am going to withhold the campsites name for now, but anyone clever with a map should be able to find it.

Petroglyphs at McKee Springs

Split Mountain

The Quarry at Dinosaur National Monument is an amazing exhibit of fossils still in the ground.

There are tons of large dinosaur fossils, and it is unique from a regular museum because you get to see fossils similar to how they are found.

My wife, Sarah, enjoys the geology of this little known and visited National Monument

East Split Mountain from outside The Quarry

After checking out Dinosaur National Monument, and swearing we would return in the future, we kept heading south to Moab. Again, we lucked out with a campsite and scored the spot with the best view.

Our camp south of Moab near Kane Creek

The view of the Colardo River from our tent

Our campground friend

Sunset at camp

The next day we headed into Arches National Park.

Sunrise in Arches National Park

We ventured into the Fiery Furnace

Cool rock formations in the Fiery Furnace. We were lucky and got the last two tickets for the the tour.

I believe this is Double O Arch (someone correct me if I am wrong though).

Deep, narrow canyons in the Furnace

Sarah in the sunlight, deep in the Fiery Furnace

Arches National Park

After a fun tour through the Fiery Furnace, Sarah and I set off to Canyonlands to check out the views for the afternoon.

Window Arch in Canyonlands National Park

Colorado River side of Canyonlands

Canyon Country


The White Rim


I also was able to capture these three panoramics (save the best for last).

Norris Hot Springs

Sunrise on my wedding morning in Paradise Valley

The Green River in Dinosaur National Monument