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Utah, 2014

How about some #tbt aka throwback travels? In this blog series, I write about travels that I forgot to write about on the blog; or simply, travels done before the blog even came into existence. There’s nothing wrong with going back in time and reminiscing, right? Today’s #tbt, ahem, throwback travel, goes back to 2014 in the beautiful state of Utah!


My mom and dad planned this trip back in the spring of 2014. Around this time, we were set on trying to visit all the different national parks that America has to offer and share with us peasants.

My dad has always enjoyed road trips due to his extreme fear of flying, so we made the 8-hr drive in one day. We left California early and arrived in Cedar City, UT around 6pm. For this trip, we tried to enjoy local shops so we grabbed dinner at Centro Woodfire Pizza – I can still recall the wonderful taste of their pizza’s dough. I’m convinced that this is where I first fell in love with the idea of hipster dining because they served their pizzas over cans and it blew mind away, okay.

The next day, we drove out about an hour to visit Zion National Park. The park was packed, but it was worth it! The rocks in Zion were a marvel to look at. We decided to hike through a bit of The Narrows but went back when the current was getting stronger and we were ill-equipped (yes, there was a time where we didn’t own hiking shoes… or actual hiking backpacks… thingymabob? I got 20!).

On our second day, we had planned on visiting Bryce Canyon National Park but we were so pooped from the previous day that my parents took us to the Frontier Homestead State Park and the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs instead. The Frontier Homestead State Park was a little museum that showed how people lived in Utah back in the day, and how people travelled with stagecoaches. In fact, they had one of the first stagecoaches that Wells Fargo used!

The Parowan Gap Petroglyphs was one of my favorite things of this trip! Not only was it free, it had a lot of history to it. The gap served as a major route for travel back in the day and American Indians would use the rocks as an astrological calendar by marking solstices and equinoxes as they passed by. In addition, they drew trails on the rocks that lead to water.

Writing about this trip has made me very nostalgic about Utah and I definitely want to visit again! There are so many beautiful places to see there, especially all the national parks Utah has to offer (they have five parks in all!!!).

Also, you may be wondering – this trip was over 4 years ago, how do you remember where you ate and what places you saw?! Besides having a decent memory, I utilize an app called Swarm where I am able to check in to places – check it out!

62 Comments

  • Jeannette
    April 26, 2018 at 8:15 AM

    Utah looks pretty cool. I honestly would have never thought there was so much to see there. Great post!

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  • Jo
    April 26, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Wow! What a beautiful place 😍 It looks like you had a fantastic time. There’s nothing nicer than looking back to old travel photos and reminding yourself on what you did there. Lovely post 😊
    Jo | http://www.mindfuladventures.co.uk

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  • Sara
    April 26, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Love this post! This has made me want to visit Utah so much

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  • Bexa
    April 26, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    This is a really good idea! It’s always so nice to reminisce on your adventures, I did this recently with all my Greek holidays and it was lovely to look back. Your photography is awesome by the way (love the yoga pic) and Utah looks beautiful with so much to see and do 😍. Thank you for sharing your trip! 💖 xx

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  • Alyse
    April 26, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    I think it’s really awesome that your family goes on these outdoor trips together! Love the big rockforms and landscapes here.
    Though, I gotta say, I can just imagine the heat from these pictures! XD

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  • Sophie
    April 26, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Throwback travel posts are such a good idea! I may have to take inspiration and do some of my own! Utah looks absolutely amazing, it looks like you had the best time!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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  • Chloe
    April 26, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    It looks so pretty, I would love to visit myself some day x

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  • Kathrine Eldridge
    April 26, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    I actually went to Zion and Bryce last month! We did The Narrows for about 4 hours. What an amazing hike! You definitely have to have the right equipment. Loved the Hoodoos of Bryce. Thanks for sharing your time in Utah. Makes me want to go back again.

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  • Nancy
    April 26, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    I love this series! It has a nice vibe and fits in your overall adventure theme! YOur parents are so adorable! Love your family trips!!!

    I always feel like local shops are better because who knows if their recipe has been passed down for generations! The gap is gorgeous! Pretty interesting to learn that American Indians used these rocks for their calendar! They’re smarties!

    HAhaha love your yoga pose!!! Who needs the Beetles? ?? You’re so smart for using Swarm!!! Ok, maybe I am convinced…. Someday 😉 Thanks for sharing your throwback trip!! Perfect for Thursday :’)

    exquisitely.me

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  • Vivian
    April 26, 2018 at 8:15 PM

    Zion National Park is on my bucket list!

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  • Neve Smith
    April 27, 2018 at 12:40 AM

    It looks utterly beautiful! I love thinking back to old trips and can remember tonnes of mine fondly! x

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  • Rose
    April 27, 2018 at 1:44 AM

    Pizza over cans? SO cool! Nothing better than a good woodfire pizza. Utah sure has a lot to show for. What an amazing scenery. I really enjoyed the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs bit as well. Just to think that they made these calendars back then.
    I do enjoy myself interesting history. I think it’s a great idea to go down memory lane and dig up some good old travels. Looking forward to reading more!

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  • Lisa McLachlan
    April 27, 2018 at 3:24 AM

    Wow, I had no idea Utah was so gorgeous. Your photos are wonderful, I particularly love the shot of you by the river and that astrological calendar is amazing. Now your post has got me thinking about some of the trips Alan and I took before Flora was born (peace and quiet, haha). Thank you so much for sharing your memories! 🙂 x

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  • Simone
    April 27, 2018 at 3:31 AM

    The scenery is so beautiful with all these rocks! I’ve been to Bryce Canyon too and I totally loved it.

    xx Simone
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  • Shauna
    April 27, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Wow, it looks gorgeous! I’d love to make a trip there myself!

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  • Katie
    April 27, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Wow looks like you had some awesome times on your travels. Great photos I love the poses you do in them.

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  • Tia Teilli
    April 27, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Wow! What a beautiful place! Great post. ❤❤

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  • Alys George
    April 27, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Who doesn’t love a good throwback, it’s one of my favourite things to do looking through old holiday photos. I’ve never been to Utah but it looks amazing there, looks like you had an amazing time and I don’t blame you for wanting to go back!

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

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  • Angela
    April 27, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Such a great idea for a post series – throwback travels ☺🤗

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  • Phoebe Rose
    April 27, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Wow this place looks gorgeous – and your photography is too!! One of my favourite things to do is look back at previous memories and holidays, brings my mood up x100! I always take photos of my favourite places and souvenirs like restaurant cards to remember haha!

    Phoebe x
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  • Jenni
    April 27, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    This is a great idea and nice to see pictures from Utah since I have never been there. I love travel posts! Thank you for sharing this :)!

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  • Kat
    April 27, 2018 at 11:09 PM

    This sounds like such an amazing holiday. I went to the US when I was ten, and I think we visited Utah, but we didn’t go to Zion. I’ve heard it’s beautiful though. Road trips can be the best way to travel at times – it’s nice being able to stop where you want and try different eating places! I also enjoy hipster food places. They always have such Instagram worthy food (and it’s usually tasty too!). Your photos are beautiful – throwback posts are so much fun to do, and they make you want to revisit places!

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  • Olga
    April 28, 2018 at 12:15 AM

    It looks amazing:-)I would like to visit this place!

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  • Zoë
    April 28, 2018 at 6:41 AM

    Ah what a neat idea for a post!! Absolutely love the photos, especially the last one with the yoga pose!! I wish I could do more travelling, looks like you’ve been to some amazing places!! xx

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  • Eva
    April 28, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Woahhhh Utah looks absolutely beautiful! Doing a road trip around America is on my bucket list, I’m defo gonna add Utah to my planned tour lol! xx

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  • Stephanie Jay
    April 28, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    I love the idea of throwback travel posts! The pictures are gorgeous, Utah looks like such a beautiful place!

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  • Pauline
    April 29, 2018 at 12:12 AM

    I find it super awesome how you have all these photos saved from 2014! My parents have been terrible at storing photos safely until recently so I’ve found it difficult writing about previous memories/trips I’ve had. 😛

    I ACTUALLY KNOW WHERE UTAH IS AHAH. I’m usually terrible with places in the US, but I know of Utah because of some people I follow on Instagram. Photos from there look beautiful!! 🙂 I always used to prefer road trips to flying because I also had a fear of flying until last year (#conqured ;)) My family did a similar road trip to Scotland when I was younger. 😀 It was around 8/9 hours but if we flew, it would’ve been LESS than that haha.

    ALSO WOODFIRE PIZZA IS THE SHITTTTTT!!! When Matt and I went to CT last year, I had my first woodfire pizza, it was unlike any pizza I’ve ever had! Honestly magical!

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  • the adventurer
    April 29, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    throwback travels are the best! thanks for sharing your memories with us

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  • Tori
    April 29, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    It looks so beautiful! It’s made me really want to look back on some old trips and just get lost in the memories!

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  • Annie
    April 29, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    This is such a good idea for a blog series! What a nice way to reflect on/remember a holiday! I love all the photos in this post! Utah looks like such an incredible place!

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  • Andrea
    April 29, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    I love this idea of the throwback travel post!! It’s so nice to remember those trips that we have enjoyed in the past and share them! 😉

    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  • Alys
    April 29, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Wow Utah looks so beautiful, I didn’t realise it was such a stunning location! I really love the photos you took, it seems like they capture the essence of the place very well. I think the throwback travels series is a great idea too 🙂
    Alys
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  • Hanna Mai
    April 29, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Great post, I love the photos! Utah looks beautiful

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  • Alice
    April 29, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    What lovely pictures! One of the main reasons I want to visit America is for the national parks but I am yet to be fortunate enough to afford it. Hopefully very soon! This sounds like a brilliant trip and I love the sound of the pizza too, yum!
    Alice Xx

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  • Seeking Sammy
    April 29, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    What a beautiful place! I’ve never been to that part of the US before but it looks like such a great place to go walking and take in the scenery!

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  • Britney
    April 29, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    I’ve always thought the scenery in Utah looked amazing. I would love to visit someday.

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  • Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl
    April 29, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Loving your photos, it sounds like a great trip! I would love to go to Utah, I love doing things when I’m away that involve history and the picture opportunities look great there.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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  • Sophie Wentworth
    April 29, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    I love this idea! I’ve never seen a travel post in this style before but it makes so much sense. Why not share the beauty just because it wasn’t recent? I’ve never been to Utah but it looks brilliant, your photos are incredible too. That app sounds really handy! x

    Sophie
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  • Mercy
    April 29, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    This is a fun memory with the family. The emerald pool is amazing, haven’t seen something like it. I’m guilty of posting throwback travels in my blog too and I did it with my Singapore, Hongkong and NZ trips. But you did it very well, your photos were clear and you remember everything.

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  • Heather Rowland
    April 30, 2018 at 12:16 AM

    This place looks amazing and I love all of your photos! It’s so sweet to see a mini throwback too!

    Heather xoxo
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  • Amy Aed
    April 30, 2018 at 1:26 AM

    I always love when bloggers do throwback posts! And Utah looks like such an incredible place, one of my best friends at uni is from Salt Lake City and she always retells stories of the gorgeous locations. How wonderful for you to look back on holidays like this 🙂

    Have a great week!
    Amy; Wandering Everywhere

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  • Hannah
    April 30, 2018 at 3:12 AM

    Wow! 😍 This scenery is stunning!! Great post!!

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  • Rach
    April 30, 2018 at 5:22 AM

    I’ve always wanted to see the parks in Utah. I’ve heard so many wonderful things! Your trip looked amazing and the scenery is beautiful!

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  • Stevia
    April 30, 2018 at 6:50 AM

    looks like a great time!
    Utah looks so sunny

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  • Federica Di Nardo
    April 30, 2018 at 7:25 AM

    Astonishing view!!!

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  • Emily
    April 30, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    So gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to visit Utah for some time now. There is just so much to do and see! Your family is so lovely!!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

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  • Freja
    April 30, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Utah looks so beautiful it makes me want to visit!

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  • Roksana
    April 30, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Wow the views are truly stunning! 🙂

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  • Emily
    April 30, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Wow – beautiful photos! I haven’t been to Utah, but would definitely love to travel out west a bit more! Thanks for sharing!

    -Emily | http://www.East91Blog.com

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  • KC
    May 1, 2018 at 4:30 AM

    Interesting read!

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  • Gabrielle
    May 1, 2018 at 4:50 AM

    Looking back over previous travels can be such an incredible experience, and nearly always ends up leaving you as though you want to return and make some new memories, haha! Lovely post on Utah 🙂

    aglassofice.com x

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  • Anouk
    May 1, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    I want to visit Utah one day! thanks for sharing these great sights.

    ANOUK

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  • jane
    May 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM

    Looks like a great trip to utah
    Ive been wanting to visit this too

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  • Jessica
    May 2, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    What a family trip, and what a lovely family! Oh how I miss longrides with my family.

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  • Missy May
    May 2, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    I haven’t visited Utah before, but looks like a great place to play tourist. Great shots here.

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  • E.
    May 2, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    I love when you show us travles where nature is the main part. I haven’t been there but it looks a beautiful place, so quiet and magical.
    Kisses,
    E.
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  • Cindy Kolbe
    May 2, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    I’ve never been to Utah, but I hope to make it out west to Utah and the Grand Canyon before long. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Juliet Ly
    May 2, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    OMG! These pics are gorgeous! Glad you guys have fun. I need to add this to my road trip plans!

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  • Bambi
    May 3, 2018 at 2:59 AM

    Utah looks literally the same as I’ve imagined. I always remember the places where I’ve been or ate but the app sounds really good, I only wish I could remember the name of the dish I had when I was living in Hungary since I remember it was pancakes but I can’t find the recipe anywhere 🙁

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  • Kim
    May 3, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Your family travels together a lot! Utah seems like a cool nature-y place to visit. It looks hot there so I’d love to dip my feet in the water hehe.

    Simply Lovebirds

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  • Tyas
    May 18, 2018 at 5:34 AM

    Utah seems like my perfect place for a trip! And I’m amazed that you still have all the pictures from 2014 😁 The Parowan Gap Petroglyphs amd the history behind it are interesting. I would love to visit there sometime 🙂

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  • kavita
    May 24, 2018 at 1:15 AM

    That is a beautiful family pic.
    Road trips are always the best for me.
    Memories in the making for families.

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