I’ve developed a fond appreciation for brief vacations. If nothing else, it proves that you can still enjoy and experience a great deal that a city has to offer without spending an extended period of time there. I’ve spent 24 hours in Amsterdam and 36 hours in Savannah and didn’t feel like I sacrificed anything in the process. When I managed to find an exceptional fare from Atlanta to Salt Lake City for $139.00 RT via Google Flights, I knew that I had to book it.
While I enjoy touring cities with the best of them, nothing makes me feel closest to the Creator than experiencing the Great Outdoors. I have a poster of the Petroglyphs in Monument Valley in Utah hanging in my office. After looking at it for five years, I decided that there was no time like the present. In fact, I booked the trip for early November which happened to be during the off season, but thankfully the parks were still open.
My first order of business was to order an annual park pass for $85.00 (including shipping; it arrived in less than a week) from the nearly century old National Park Service. The passes are free for park volunteers, members of the military and the disabled. Citizens 62 years or older can get a lifetime pass for $10.00.