I’ve been touring through the Arches National Park in Utah, as a vacation jaunt before attending the Stampin’ Up! national convention. So as usual, I have been looking at everything through the eyes of a scrapbooker.
Much of the beautiful rock formations in Arches are made of red rock… and I can’t help but think of the colors that will look good with these pictures on the scrapbook page! What do you think? Cajun Craze is calling out to me, of course, to tie in with the rocks… but one of the new In Colors for 2011 called Calypso Coral might be great, and even Peach Parfait (2010 In Color) might look good.
There are so many earthy colors in the plant foliage that I am thinking Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizazz (2010 In Color), or even Pool Party (new 2011 In Color) to match some of the light colored plants that are all around!
Balanced Rock formation in Arches National Park
While it is hot outside, I spend my afternoons in the hotel – 14 miles down a Scenic Byway that follows the path of the Colorado River, surrounded by red rock walls on both sides… beautiful, but REALLY out of the way!
Red cliffs line both sides of the Colorado River and surround the lodge
Those gorgeous canyon walls and the remote location have some other implications as well.
No cell phone service!
The only radio station plays country!
And the wi fi service from the hotel is… weak. So some of my blogging is a tad limited – I look forward to adding some more pictures when I get back to “civilization”! But I have to say… this country music grows on you!
As I posted yesterday, I have just arrived in Utah. When I drove out of the rental car parking garage, I nearly drove off the road. There are MOUNTAINS! Big ones! All around!
I managed to make it to my hotel without running over anything or anyone, which was surprising as I could not take my eyes off the mountains. So being the avid scrapbooker that I am, as soon as I checked in I went out to… you guessed it… take a picture of the mountains!
And get this – it’s 90 degrees and there is SNOW on top!
Beautiful mountains ring Salt Lake City
Wow, I am so excited to report that I am sitting in Utah, at the Red Cliffs Lodge on the Colorado River! I should have pictures to post tomorrow, and I will have some terrific scrapbook pages coming! Keep checking back to see more.
As many of you know, I am an Independent Demonstrator for the Stampin’ Up! line of scrapbooking and stamping papers, ink, and rubber stamps and we are having our yearly convention next week. Well, I live in New Jersey and it is a not insignificant thing to fly from NJ to Salt Lake City, Utah… so I decided to take some extra days and see the area!
But not to worry – the cats have the menfolk at home to take care of them. Neither my husband Bob nor my college age son Carson could get time off from work to join me, and my daughter Britta opted to go to music camp. Well… maybe we SHOULD worry about the cats if the guys are feeding them! I’ll keep you posted.
SO, as I said, the trip was not one with easy connections… I flew from Newark to Detroit, Detroit to Denver, and then one of those teeny planes from Denver to Salt Lake City. Ten hours!! But the weirdest thing was sitting in the airport in Denver… it is supposed to be up high, in the mountains, right? But looking out the windows showed a big, flat empty area with no mountains in sight! I think it was a trick of the atmosphere as it was hazy in the distance. It really looked like the airport where they filmed the Stephen King story The Langoliers, where the world started to get eaten up as the day was over. It was so bizarre that I took a bunch of pictures – should make an interesting start to the scrapbook.
Check back tomorrow and I will try to post some pictures of the trip!