Originally, we had planned to drive up to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons after the marathon, but because the national parks were closed, we had to make some changes. On the way home to Texas, we stopped at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah. The park was a surprisingly good find that we learned about from our waiter at the St. George Olive Garden where I ate my pre-marathon dinner.
That wasn't the last of our great views, though. The next day, we found ourselves looking down upon the small town of Ouray, Colorado, sometimes called America's little Switzerland.
From there, it wasn't too far to Durango, Colorado. After staying in Durango for a few days, we drove to Albuquerque for the Hot Air Balloon Festival. We were late because of a traffic delay, but not too late to see a few of the colorful balloons.
Afterwards, we headed home through Amarillo, Texas, and stopped at Cadillac Ranch. If you can believe it, the ranch is just an empty lot with some cars stuck in the dirt that are spray painted by anyone who visits. I guess our recent hike wasn't enough for my husband so he got in some more climbing.
Finally, we made it back to Texas after our 4000 mile driving vacation. The map shows our route and the letters show some of the stops that we made. Our trip included running a marathon in Utah, hiking in Colorado and even our 28th wedding anniversary. Taking a vacation was a great way to celebrate!