Living in Colorado, people ski/board, and they camp. Well, not everyone. Not me, at least. My friends cringe when they hear the extremely low number of times I make it up the hill each year.
Which is why, this summer, we vowed to get up there more. Bryan is the outdoorsy one. He can camp like a crazy. The full deal. Put up tents. Sleep on the ground. Make fires. Pee in the woods.
Me, not so much.
Which is why I was excited when Go Camping America contacted us about their June “Get Outside & Go Camping” promotion. They wanted me to go outside. And camp. But nicerly. Yes, I know that is not a word. But it *is* nicerly to sleep in a log cabin, rather than on the rock-hard ground.
We headed out to Green River, Utah, and didn’t have to pack much. Another plus. Just some sleeping bags, pillows and camping food. Plus, plus, plus.
I like the idea of pseudo-camping. It’s easier (especially with the kid), more convenient, quicker… but we still get out and see amazing things.
Utah has some amazing things.
We used to go almost every year to Moab and Arches, but when Declan arrived, it died off. It’s just hard to camp and change diapers.
OK, maybe not hard. But certainly stinky.
Goblin Valley is about 40 minutes from Shady Acres Campground in Green River. Arches is about 40 minutes in the other direction. So we were in a nice “central” location, albeit a little remote. Which is good for when you are getting away from everything, right?
Goblin Valley is where they filmed parts of the movie Galaxy Quest. Have you seen it? If not, you should. It’s hilarious. In a dorky, nerdy, way. We watched it again the night we returned home from Utah. Because, yes. This is what it looked like:
And that was just in Goblin Valley.
Arches National Park can be done in one day, but really deserves two. We are able to do it in one because we know where we like to go best.
Blog disclosure: This weekend excursion was partially sponsored by Go Camping America. All words, photos and opinions are mine.