It’s about 8 months past due but for anyone following along to my all-over-the-place life you probably heard about or saw my adventures to the Wild West last May. (I still catch myself saying “Arizona? No I’ve never been there!” …. Ugh Linds, get it together!) I was blessed with the opportunity to go along with Johns’ family on an awesome road trip down through Colorado, Utah and Arizona. It was kind of the gateway to my obsession with wanting to go everywhere! His cousins did a similar trip the year before & with there being so much to see they started planning their second adventure down in the red, rocky desert.
I want to share a *few* of the pictures (between the 5 of us we got so. many. pictures you guys!), and of course give you a few tips and tricks from my experiences. So many things I would never have thought of or known. Hopefully by the end of this post I’ll have you wanting to start your own road trip plans. (A few disclaimers to start off, but the first being I take no credit at the lay out/path & destinations, bookings of hotels, tours, ect. Johns cousin was WONDERFUL enough to piece everything together for us as we had never been there. This is the one thing I need to work on; doing more research of the places I plan to visit & knowing my options so I can piece it successfully together on my own. Workin’ on it!!)
The Grand Canyon-South rim. I’m pretty positive these few pictures were taken by Johns cousin!
Lady in the Wind- Antelope Canyon. Both tours were put on by a band of Navajo Indians (not even sure if I’m phrasing that right, they were expensive but so worth it after getting to the canyons. They were two separate tours & both our tour guides (younger girls, 100% Navajo–so cool!) were absolutely wonderful. Full of knowledge and so cool to talk to. Technically these two canyons aren’t property of the US Government so our park passes didn’t work; hence paying the park fees. These are right outside Page, Arizona.
In no particular order of the pictures, we left Minnesota in the early morning and drove all day to western Colorado. It was definitely a comfy pants kind of day. We were planning to stop earlier around supper time to stay but decided to push on a few more hours that way when we got up in the morning we would only be a couple hour drive from our first destination (Arches National Park!)
The three blondes in front of Blondies outside of Zion in a town called Springdale in Utah. My second favorite town just after Moab (which I don’t have any pictures of & we stayed in the cutest motel). This town was so cool because they had shuttles to bring you right to the entrance of Zion and then you hopped on another set that brought you to every trail-head for more hiking.
Thors hammer …that I’m stealing obviously. Now it’s Lindsay’s hammer.
Practicing head stands on the famous tree… I’ve gotten better since this I think haha!
The guy in the Texas hat helping me down because I thought gravity was up to no good and gonna shove me off the mountain. I think his name was James & we were BFF’s if you can’t tell 😉
The picture before this was literally the trail we hiked up & back down. The next few pictures are once we got to the top, absolutely breathtaking! At the time I was like what was I thinking doing this but it was 100% worth it, I’d like to try it in better shape next time.
Oh hey. Just casually waving ha!
Yoga on rocks is a thing.. I only made everyone take about a thousand pictures of me doing yoga on rocks. ha!
Bryces looking over the hoodoos (and being excited, clearly).
Actually nervous I might fly off with the wind. It was so windy, more than once people would stay close to the ground to avoid being pushed around by gusts of wind. So cool.
Ten heart-eyed emojis here! This was still very towards the beginning of our hike in Zion at Angels Landing with the three patriarchs in the background. Named after our biblical fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I actually tried keeping a little travel-journal to write down and keep track of where we were. I failed at this because 10 hours of hiking around a day will put you down at night. Zion had to be my most favorite, I loved touring the canyons outside of Page with our tour guides and lastly we hiked down to Indian Gardens in the Grand Canyon Southern Rim. It was awful coming back up, I’m not gonna lie to ya. Worth it? Totally. At the time, no! Coming back up I almost called for a donkey or helicopter. Actually I literally did but nobody heard. Did you know they have actual volunteer park rangers that hike up and down during the day?! And I saw a pack of nuns. NUNS. In nun shoes. They were going down as we were coming up and all I could think was… Lord, help them.
Thanks for checking out all my exciting pictures if you’ve made it thus far! Again, so many pictures were taken and a few of these I do not claim as my own as we even had a professional photographer with us! Just a few of my faves I uploaded from my iPad (which took THREE DAYS.)