Travel theme: Hills

After returning from a week exploring Utah’s national parks (Now, that’s a glorious experience!), we saw that Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack had selected the theme of Hills for this week’s Travel theme.  Although we’re working on a series of blogs highlighting the mountains, hills, and valleys of those wondrous parks, we’re sharing four “hilly” photos that we’ve fallen in love with while processing all our pictures.  (Bert stopped a lot to let me snap away!!)

A view of the “hillside” behind Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley — ski slopes that are dormant now, but will soon be ready for winter action.

View of ski slopes from deck at Stein Eriksen Lodge

View of ski slopes from deck at Stein Eriksen Lodge

Two cyclists pedal hard up this rocky hillside near the Visitor Center at Capitol Reef

Cycling the hillside near Capitol Reef

Cycling the hillside near Capitol Reef

Two weeks too late to see aspens in bloom on this hillside near Grand Staircase-Escalante, but we can only imagine the majesty.

Passing the hillsides of aspen trees near Grand Staircase Escalante

Passing the hillsides of aspen trees near Grand Staircase Escalante

A lone barn tucked away on a hillside near the base of Grand Staircase-Escalante

Hillside residence near Grand Staircase Escalante

Hillside residence near Grand Staircase Escalante

Watch for our new travel series We Saw Utah coming soon!

And for more entries in Ailsa’s Travel theme: Hills, click here.

35 thoughts on “Travel theme: Hills

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    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much for commenting! We’ve been on an airplane that flew over the Himalayas, but we’d love to go back for a different experience. Best wishes for continued success! And thanks for traveling with us.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun traveling “out west” this past year — and boy, do I miss it. Would love to see this country with a layer of snow on top, too! Thanks for taking a look with us!

  2. melmcdona

    I love this! Utah is so gorgeous and it makes me happy when other people blog about it!! Glad I came across your site! Sure enjoyed reading your posts!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      We’re glad to meet you as well. Thanks for taking time to peruse our site and make a comment. We loved our Utah trip, and hope to write about it soon. Our pictures turned out well, so we’ll be sharing. Best wishes for a good day!

  3. Curt Mekemson

    I remember the Aspen Mountain. Peggy and I were there in the spring when the leaves were just coming out, Rusha. It was quite a hill as I recalled. I love the National Parks of Utah. Looking forward to your posts! –Curt

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much, Curt. When I look at the photo of the couple pushing hard to get up that hill, I think of you and that 10,000 mile trek! How you did it and stayed sane, I’ll never know. We’ll get busy on that Utah series, but the holidays are upon us, too! Soon, though, I promise!

      1. Curt Mekemson

        There was probably more sanity out there on the bike trip than there is in most things we do, Rusha, for its simplicity if nothing else. As for Utah, bring it on. 🙂 –Curt

  4. ourfrenchoasis

    Really looking forward to your Utah series, I love the mountains year round, of course I love the snow because I love to ski, but there is something just as magical about them in the spring, summer and autumn, when they are not covered in the white stuff!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks for commenting. We’re having fun downloading all our pictures, but as you may have guessed, we have more than we need. Whittling them down is always a problem. And you’re right about being on slopes and in ski resorts when there’s no snow — it’s still fun!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      We only had a day in SLC, but we loved it! Looked around Temple Square a lot, but strolled down Main Street at night. What a lovely place for your daughter and son-in-law to live and for you to visit!

  5. Pit

    Utah is still on ouir bucket list, for sightseeing as well as bicycling. We should be able to find some flat routes there, like the rail trail we did on our recent vacation. I envy those bicyclist in your picture, just getting up a long hill. Well, back home I can train some on the Texas Hill country.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Keep Utah on your bucket list — it’s well worth a trip. Bert kept saying, “What took us so long to get here?” And as for cycling — I’d just travel by car or in the comfort of a tour bus. You’ll be pretty tired hiking the trails!

      1. Pit

        Utah will be kewpt on our bucket list – certainly. And maybe for travelling by car. I know it can be pretty mountainous there. But we might be able to find flat trails for bicycling, too.

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