In January I spent two weeks traveling in four states of the Southwest. I began in Utah, then went to California, Arizona, and New Mexico. About 15 National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, and other beautiful spots were visited. All were far more beautiful than Wisconsin (especially in January)--or anywhere in "snowbird country" of the South (and far less boring, at least to me). I did lots of hiking on trails (one day for nine hours--without tiring, which is surprising at 58--or whatever 8 I am).
I will break up the trip into three sections, the first being Utah. Part II will be California, and Part III will be Arizona and New Mexico combined. The second and third sections will come in a month or two, as I am soon off to the first of three relatively short trips over the next two months to : 1) the Deep South from Louisiana to Georgia; 2) Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky; 3) From San Antonio west to Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande River. While I'm "young"--and as long as I've now had my two Covid shots.
Well, here I go again with my favorite state, Utah. The trip there in January was the 14th time I went to see its phenomenal beauty. And it was the coldest I ever experienced, starting out one morning hiking at three above zero (but it was a "dry cold"--which, technically, actually makes it feel even colder, as evaporation off exposed skin occurs at an even faster rate, so its cooling effect is pronounced). All my places to visit were in the lower third of the state.