In October we began "Chuck and Rita's Great National Parks Adventure".
On our way to Utah we stopped in Denver to see Sarah and went to the beautiful Chihuly glass exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
The exhibit was great in the daylight but spectacular at night!
We then headed to Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. Getting up early and arriving at Landscape Arch trailhead at 5:45 a.m., we hiked the .9 mile trail in the dark using a LED flashlight. Here is Landscape Arch right after sunrise.
Later in the afternoon, we hiked the "moderately strenuous" Delicate Arch trail and made it in about an hour with steep inclines on slickrock and a narrow ledge at the very end of the climb.
The next day we drove to Canyonlands National Park.
We hiked a short trail to Mesa Arch.
Our very favorite park was Bryce Canyon National Park. Here is the view from Sunset Point.
We found a very photogenic raven at Pondersosa Point in Bryce Canyon.
We stopped at Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park and hiked the Taylor Creek trail for about two hours. There was a beautiful stream along the canyon floor.
One of the waterfalls leading to Emerald pools at Zion.
We stayed at the Kelly Place Bed and Breakfast outside Cortez, Colorado, where we met our guide for a 5-hour archaeology hike on the Kelly Place property and into the Canyon of the Ancients.
Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America, is in Mesa Verde National Park.
Heading back to Kansas, we stopped at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
The park contains the tallest dunes in North America and covers more than 30 square miles.
Great National Park Adventure!
The week before Christmas Joan, Katy and I went to see the Christmas lights at Silver Dollar City.
Christmas on Quincy Street
Let it snow!
Christmas Day was spent at Joan's house.
Lots of delicious food!
Ted joined us in Pittsburg the Saturday after Christmas. Thanks for the champagne, Katy!
Dinner with family and friends on the Sunday after Christmas.
P.S. Our version of Finger Wars, Megan!
Dinner was followed by poker.