WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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were all extraordinary. When we entered the gate of Rocky Mountain National Park, I bought an interagency annual pass, planning to visit a few more national parks down the road. By that time, we were more than half a continent away from our Wellesley home. Yet the words of our townswoman, Katharine Lee Bates, graced the back of the pass: "America the Beautiful." The temptation of snow was hard to resist. At a lookout, we sprung out of the RV, dashed toward the snowy slope, and started throwing snowballs at each other. It felt surreal to play with snow in the summer- time, wearing summer clothes. At the Alpine Visitor Center, we hiked the trail to the summit. The effect of oxygen deprivation became so acute that we had to pause a couple of times to replenish our blood oxygen. Although we wore windbreakers at the summit, the wind gave me a hard time in steadying my hand to take a selfie. On July 3rd, we drove mostly downhill on I-70 to Arches National Park in Utah. Colorado Plateau is largely desert, with spots of luxuriant oases. The Utah part of the plateau displays an unearthly landscape, with numerous mesas, canyons, and red rocks and features a dense clus- ter of national parks and monuments. We arrived at Arches in late afternoon. Under the reddening setting sun, the Arch was glowing in a graceful amber hue, against the backdrop of a solid blue sky. Just a glimpse of the sight was worth all the sweating and panting it took to hike there. Satisfied, we hiked back to the parking lot, which was less strenuous as the air was starting to cool down. We returned to Arches the next morning for Courthouse Towers, Balanced Rock, Double Arch, and Landscape Arch, some of the park's most notable sights. After a fabulous lunch in the city of Moab, we left for Bryce Canyon and arrived by evening. It was the 4th of July. We watched part of the fireworks show from the RV park near the historic Ruby's Inn. Zion National Park is about 70 miles away from Bryce Canyon. We entered Zion from its eastern entrance on UT-9. A segment of UT-9 Estes Park, CO July 2 120 From Sea to Shining Sea W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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