Since leaving New York in June of 2015 people have been asking us, “Have you been to Utah yet?” When I thought of Utah I had visions of Mormons and weird liquor laws. I thought back to the time my ex-boyfriend was on tour through Salt Lake City and got stuck by a broken down van then threatened by militant straight-edge kids. As someone who had previously not been particularly outdoorsy I didn’t really picture much else.
Utah is full of surprises.
In Moab we found this amazing sign for a restaurant that boasts the best margaritas – a specialty we did not get to sample due to it being very early in the day.
Everything looks insane in Utah. No matter what direction you’re looking in it’s more than likely going to be spectacular.
We skipped all the national parks because of a combination of time constraints, general brokeness and already being absolutely flabbergasted by the landscape no one felt the need to charge admission for.
We spent a few nights holed up on BLM land where we encountered another storm that left beautiful patterns in the ground after it moved on.
At that same BLM land there were actual dinosaur tracks preserved by a combination of good fortune and algae.
There are signs all along I-70 beckoning you to pull over and take in a scenic overlook. We were able to resist the call of most, but one proclaiming “GHOST ROCK” was too good to pass up. We were not disappointed. It was like a scaled down Grand Canyon. It had all the majesty and none of the crowds.
After Ghost Rock I noticed that Kyle had turned off Tom, our GPS. He said it was an accident but it didn’t matter because we knew we were continuing down the 70, so it was fine. After a while I re-entered our destination. When we were getting close Kyle started telling me a story and missed the exit. It was six miles down the road before we could turn around again and as we had just made a rule that banned back-tracking more than five miles Kyle decided we should just head on to the next stop. Forty-nine miles down the road.
Now I knew something was up. Kyle doesn’t like driving more than a hundred miles in a day. And while, yes, we were slightly behind schedule, we weren’t THREE HUNDRED MILES behind schedule.
So what was so important? What could possibly be in Washington, Utah that just couldn’t wait? That warranted driving hundreds (HUNDREDS!) of miles?
That’s right. In-N-Out.
You can take the boy out of Southern California, but you can’t take the Southern California out of the boy.
We are gearing up for Designer Con 2017 where Kyle is organizing another custom show, this time with Willos AND Blooms.
We’ll be in booth 1434 – so come visit us in Pasadena on November 11th and 12th!
In addition to the show we’ll have enamel pins, trading cards, and other fun surprises! It’s going to be the best. We love DCon.