By Amy Suski
This summer we planned an epic road trip in a rented minivan that circled through Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho. The inspiration for our trip was the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks-- well that and the free domestic flights we'd earned with credit card miles! I knew the 2-week 2,000+ miles itinerary was ambitious, but I struggled to cross anything off our list. With the kids getting older I wasn't sure we'd have another chance to travel to these places together.
Planning the trip was half the fun -- I poured over travel guides and mapped out our routes on Bing. (I like Bing because you can enter multiple destinations and switch-up the order of your itinerary.) For the parks we planned to visit the closest airports were Las Vegas or Salt Lake City (SLC) and we chose SLC in order to visit my college roommate and her beautiful family.
I'm an East Coast girl through and through, but honestly after visiting my roommate's stunning home nestled in the Wasatch Mountains I may have to reconsider my coastal loyalties. Utah is truly one of the most special places I've ever visited. On a short day trip just outside SLC you can shop the boutiques in the Park City, hike canyons full of wild flowers, cross a mountain range covered in white-barked aspen, and spot moose along a trailside lake. Half-way through our first day my husband began musing about retiring in Utah and I have to agree it seems like a pretty good idea to me too.
After spending our first day and night in SLC, we drove south along a desert highway to the spectacular Zion National Park.
Zion is unlike any other place in the world with an incredibly varied landscape that includes rocky canyons, lush riverside trails, and red jagged mountains rising up in all directions.
My addiction to antique shows and yard sales came to an abrupt end once I had kids. Driving around back roads and browsing through aisles of fragile nick-nacks is pretty difficult with kids in car seats and strollers. Online person-to-person sales were appealing for a while, but my interest wore off pretty quickly after coming across some sketchy sellers.
So I was super excited by the launch of a new online auction site, Everything But The House (EBTH) that allows you to browse online, bid, and complete the entire transaction with a trusted professional service. Items can either be shipped or picked-up from a number of EBTH warehouses across the country. [Tip: If I'm shopping for furniture, I specifically look for sales in my city so that I can pick it up and avoid shipping costs.]
For deal hunters, the best part is that with no reserve prices, some items go for as little as a DOLLAR! If you love a deal and are on the hunt for mid-century pieces, original artwork, sterling silver, vintage holiday decorations or estate jewelry, EBTH is definitely worth checking out.
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