Recently, Johnny and I decided to drop everything and head out to Arches National Park. We’d had such a good experience with Zion National Park with Sally that we were itching for another mini-nature-getaway. Johnny and I were both having kind of blah weeks with this or that stressing us out, so Johnny suggested we leave for a day, and we did. Arches is just 3 hours away from where we live, so we left at 7:00 a.m. and were back on our couch, scrolling through our DVR, just 12 hours later.
We started out with a 3-mile hike to Delicate Arch (seen above), and we planned to do a 7-mile hike afterward. But little Miss Sally had other plans. Since going to Zion back in February, Sally has grown two months older and two months grumpier. If she’s stuck in, say, a car seat or hiking backpack for more than 10 minutes, she does this non-stop, high-pitched whine, which we quickly found out upon embarking on our trip. So after the 3-miler, we decided to just stick to short hikes for the rest of the day.
She drank the Gatorade with her eyes closed for at least a minute straight because, you know, sitting in a backpack and yelling into your dad’s ear is hard work, y’all! But, luckily, she did fall asleep for a little while. We went from being frustrated with her whining to stopping every few seconds to snap pictures of her cute sleeping face, which pretty much sums up parenthood.
Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in the world
It was still a fun getaway, and Arches was beautiful. The weather was perfection. And for a day away, our expenses weren’t too shabby, either:
- Park Fee: $10
- Gas: $35
- Food: $13
The nice thing about a day trip is that there’s no hotel/lodging costs to worry about. $60 for some time spent in nature, but we’re back in our own bed by the end of the night? We’ll take it! Obviously, the catch here is that we only live a few hundred miles away from some of the most incredible nature the US of A has to offer. But if any of you find yourselves within a day’s drive of Arches (that means most of you in the Mountain and Pacific time zones) and you dig a good road trip, this is a frugal getaway you absolutely can’t miss.
We can cross another mini-getaway off our list for the year! We still hope to do mini-getaways to Yellowstone and San Francisco before year’s end, but we’ll have to convince a certain 15-month-old that getting out of the house isn’t something to whine about! What are some day trips in your neck of the woods that you’d opt to do instead of staying the night?