While planning my trips to attend Phan Cons that were held out West, I often extended my stay in the area (well, sort of) for several days. I figured while I'm out there I might as well tour the area and see as many of the natural sites as I could as my chances of going out there again were pretty slim.
After Phan Con '95 which was held in July at Boise, ID, I decided that Crater Lake was something I wanted to see. It looked like quite a drive from Boise but it was only a few inches on the map. Mount Saint Helens was in the area too, and only a few inches away on the map from Crater Lake, I'd go there also. I wound up putting over 2,000 miles on the rental car. I was so impressed with this area, that I took my wife out there the following September.
Phan Con '97 was held in October at Holloman AFB. I talked my wife into going with me. "We could make a vacation out of it. I'll take you to Vegas (she's never been there) via the Grand Canyon." After the Event we headed north to the Grand Canyon South Rim. Awesome place to see!
We also took a trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 2004 via the sites in Northern New Mexico. The Southwest is an awesome place to see. We've taken numerous trips out there since our first.
June 2007 we took a trip to the National Parks of Southern Utah. Bryce Canyon was one of them. Bryce page is under construction. More photos have been added.