🚙 STORY TIME⛰ We just got back from our annual vacation, and I’m pumped to share the stories and photos from our trip… PLUS tips for traveling during Covid-19 Coronavirus.
This is the third summer in a row we’ve taken a big road trip. Because of Matt’s job, we have a short window in the summer when we can travel together, and that’s it for the year. It also lines up with our wedding anniversary. 😊
This year, we had planned a Hawaii vacation, but that just wasn’t possible. Instead, we cancelled our vacation and planned a last minute road trip to Santa Fe, NM, and Pagosa Springs and Durango, CO.
Our annual road trips were already centered around hiking in remote places, but traveling during a pandemic was different to say the least.
Here are some ways we road tripped responsibly:
Most importantly, don’t feel like you should go on vacation this summer just because other people are. Do what’s best for you, your family, and for ALL of us. If either of us had felt even in a tiny bit sick, we would have stayed home. I’m obviously no expert, but I think our days of going to resorts and taking cruises are NOT here yet.
But, Matt and I found ways to travel safely, and in this new world where we’re all figuring it out as we go along, I figured I’d share our experience. 😀 This is our first time traveling in many months, and we’ll be staying at home now for a loooonnnnng time.
We travelled from Austin –> Santa Fe, NM –> Pagosa Springs, CO –> Durango, CO –> Austin. Here’s a link to our route.
Finding the best routes to travel across the United States while maximizing scenic views is a PASSION of mine. So honestly, cancelling our Hawaii trip wasn’t the saddest thing in the world, because it meant I got to plan another trip. 🙃
In the past 11 days, we drove about 40 hours. That time was filled with amazing views and many hours of Harry Potter audio books.
Oh, and I took lots of photos! Here’s some of my favorites 👇
Ahh, the Southwest. I just love it. Red rocks, sandy mountains, and sunny weather are my love language. On the way to Colorado, we stopped in Santa Fe for a few reasons. 1. We’ve never been there, but the it’s just my style. 2. It looked beautiful online. 3. It’s sounded awesome on Grace & Frankie. 😂
I honestly knew nothing about Pagosa Springs before finding it on Google Maps. It turned out to be such a cute town, with tons of amazing hiking and views.
We stayed at an AirBnb in the mountains overlooking town. The views from our living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows were INCREDIBLE. Watching the light change on the mountains throughout the day was one of the highlights of our trip.
This is the view from our PORCH. Amazing.
I’ve been to Durango before, but this was my first time spending several days exploring the area as an adult. We stayed in a cabin about 30 minutes north of town. This area was perfect, because the mountains surrounding us had plenty of intense hiking trails for Matt, and we were able to drive to Silverton too.
Y’all know I love national parks. It’s our goal to visit every single one of them. I’ve actually been to Mesa Verde before as a kid, but this experience was much different.
I knew the importance of Mesa Verde as America’s second national park and first to protect ancient archaeological sites, but I had no idea just how beautiful and BIG this park is. I expected to find a couple of cliff dwellings and take a few photos, but we found SO much more.
We spent almost 8 hours in this park, saw everything that is currently open to the public, and learned a ton about the Pueblo people who lived in the area. I highly recommend visiting this park!