Road trip through Utah

Last week Jacob and I went on a road trip with my grandparents to see my grandpa’s place of birth and other parts of southern Utah.

I’ve travelled quite a bit with my grandparents. They were the ones who would pick me up when I arrived for college. They helped me on my never-ending moves around campus. They rescued me from isolated Jacob Lake. After our wedding reception in Missouri we went on a road trip with them to Nauvoo.

And now, we did southern Utah.

I’m really glad we get to do the retired couple-style road trips with them, because since I didn’t grow up around family, these are the memories that will probably stick with me the most.

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Jacob entertaining himself in front of this old antique store where Grandpa and Grandma always go.

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Grandpa’s one room school house…so much more rural than I would have ever guessed
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Grandma’s picnic—she always has such healthy, yummy food!
 
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Grandma’s favorite cemetery in the ghost town Widtsoe
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Grandpa and I at his parents’ grave. What’s crazy is great grandpa’s first wife was born on April 19 (our wedding anniversary) and died on August 31 (my birthday).

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Grandpa and Grandma are very social travelers.

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Bryce Canyon

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You shoulda heard Grandpa sweet talking this bird.
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Hell’s Back Bone (emphasis put on the word bone)

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The two buddies

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Grandpa’s former house

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I actually drove a lot of the trip. I’m finally getting used to driving again, which makes Jacob happy because he likes to work as I drive.

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Jacob and I’s wedding site. So beautiful…what’s amazing is I didn’t know both sets of grandparents and so many other relatives had gotten married here in Manti when I chose this to be our temple. I’d always planned on Salt Lake, but I felt a strong draw to this temple and I didn’t know why…maybe my collective ancestors were whispering to me.

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A visit with Regan.

Grandpa Campbell doesn’t realize it, but I recognize a lot of my personality coming from his genes.

1. I’m extremely frugal. I’m less than I used to be, but I still know a good bargain when I see one.

2. I love to eat. I love good food, and a meal is often the best part of my day.

3. Grandpa, I have begun to understand, has a thirst for adventure. He loves to travel.

4. We both have strong personalities and a tendency toward high blood pressure.

5. We love our families.

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

Kalli has written 367 awesome articles for us.

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