Taking on the Wild West

Two weeks ago, because my aunt is basically the coolest person ever, she and I embarked on a road trip across the western half of the country. We started out in Texas and from there headed to Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho, Utah, New Mexico and back again. The trip was beyond amazing and I couldn’t possibly say thank you enough. From all of the amazing views to all of the delicious food to all of the funny memories, I know this is a trip that I will cherish for a long, long time.

So for those of you who weren’t lucky enough to go on the best aunt/niece trip of all time, let me give you the quick recap:

After a spending a few days in beautiful Silverthorne, Colorado, with my grandparents, we headed northwest to Wyoming and Idaho. Honestly, the only time I’d ever really thought of Idaho was in terms of potatoes, but let me tell you – there is so much more to it than that. The weather (in the summer at least) is gorgeous and if you’re an outdoors kinda gal I honestly can’t think of a better place to live. From rafting to rock climbing to biking, basically anything you could ever want to do you can do here, and the people are super friendly too.

We spent a few nights in Driggs, Idaho, where we met a very good boy and girl named Skier and Coco. Also pictured: “Purple Mountain Majesties.”

Our Airbnb was a short drive from Jackson, Wyoming, and the Grand Tetons. Luckily there is no photo evidence of me hiking up to the Hidden Falls because it would not have been pretty. Let’s just say I am not in shape.

Next, we spent a few days in Moab, hiking in Arches National Park. It may have been 104 degrees outside, but the views were beyond worth it and unlike anything I had ever seen before. I apologize in advance for the rock spam, but in my opinion the scenery in Moab is pretty much unparalleled, so #sorrynotsorry.

On our last day, while we were wading in the Colorado River we met some locals who recommended we head to Dead Horse Point for the best view of the sunset.

It actually ended up being a little too cloudy to see the sunset …

… but I’d say we made out all right.

Thanks again for the trip of a lifetime, Aunt Katie! Love you!

11 thoughts on “Taking on the Wild West

  1. Marybeth says:

    The best gift my parents gave me was my sister, your Aunt Katie, and the best present God gave me was you, Kelsey! Keep living life to the fullest my dear!


  2. Jackie Trancynger says:

    I am so glad that you decided to include me in your posts…you are lucky to have that Aunt Katie and the rest of your wonderful family..as I approach my 84th birthday I have one regret….I did not travel enough in my life….so I enjoy traveling with you.


    • Kelsey Peña says:

      Jackie, thank you for your kind words! You are such an inspiration to me, so I truly appreciate that you take the time to read my posts and join me on my travels!


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