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Utah: Castle Valley

Adventure is in the eye of the beholder and the more time we spend away from home (whether it's skiing, a workation, road trips or just walking around a new place), the the more I love it. Fortunately, the rest of the crew is with me and almost as anxious to go as I am!

  The question for this winter break: to ski or not to ski. Life is good when this is your choice but after a lot of research on lodging costs and options, skiing wasn't really an option at all. Ha!  Skiing it would not be.  Instead we opted to head southwest to Utah with a possible New Year's Day repeat at the Grand Canyon.

 Colorado snow storms this winter have been enormous and fast.  By winter break, most roads across the state had been shut down at least once, sometimes all at the same time, making it nearly impossible to leave the state through any Western portal.  We watched the weather closely and opted to launch on Tuesday after Christmas.  

Utah Highway 128 was dark and curvy until we turned a corner and were welcomed by a long gateway of lights.  This was it: our base-camp (cabin) surrounded by castles, Red Cliffs Lodge.  After a cold night in the cabin we woke up to this...

...and a power outage which meant coats inside and outside the cabin.  But, thanks to a generator, we still had hot coffee and a light breakfast in the Lodge.  Who needs electricity to play?

I don't think we could have hoped for a better base-camp.