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Utah to Boston, two weeks with mates in the States.

I've got some catching up to do on the old blog, so I'll post a quick one here on our fantastic trip to the good ol' U.S of A to visit our friends Mark & Charne in Utah for the first week then our other mates Marc & Tracy in Boston for the second week. Suffice to say, we had a fantastic time in both states and a big thank you to M&C and M&T for your incredible hospitality!

We spent the first week with Mark & Charne Pappas at their beautiful home in Park City, Utah, home to the rich and famous and a major ski destination, as well as home to the Sundance Film Festival. Had a great time meeting some of their great group of friends and getting to know their hometown for the past couple of decades, before they move cross state to Portland to be closer to their kids and grandies.

After a couple of days soaking up the surrounds we headed off on a road trip to the incredible slot canyons that Utah is so famous for. We headed south towards Grand Staircase Escalante, stopping the first night in Torrey where we stayed in Butch Cassidy's old school house, a really cool town straight out of a western movie set!

Next day we set off for Escalante via the Devil's Backbone (a rather impressive canyon) and stayed overnight in a little town called Tropic after a big hike into an incredible canyon that nearly killed me. We spent the night and woke up early to go and hike the beautiful slot canyon - Char help me out here, I can't remember the name of the canyons, but they were breathtaking, literally :) from snow at 9,700 feet down into the sun filled canyons, Utah is definitely well worth a visit if you love to hike, it's spectacular!


From Utah, we flew to Boston to hang with our other mates, Bostonians Marc & Tracy Cox. We had a fab first few days getting to know their friends and family, with the eating and drinking marathon continuing in New England.

M&T live about 40 minutes from Boston in an idealic town called Kingston, a lovely setting amongst beautiful greenery and gorgeous colonial houses, complete with cranberry bogs! Spring had definitely started to sprung, with tulips and daffodils everywhere but there was definitely still a chill in the air.

We had a fun couple of days at their lovely home, including a visit or two to Plymouth and that famous "rock" (pebble), before setting off on a road trip with them in Marc's ginormous F150 truck through Maine, where we ate lobster roles in Portland for lunch and then crossed the border into Canada and reaching picturesque Quebec. It's an extraordinary fortified city, set up on high above the icy river, you would think you were in France for the architecture and of course, language. We certainly got a lot of steps in during our time in between bars and restaurants! We had such a lovely time, thank you M&T, we had a ball!


So, we left the U.S. a few kilos heavier and having had some amazing experiences with great friends, we look forward to seeing again soon over these parts!


H&G xo

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