Last summer Monica and I drove down to flagstaff, AZ for a family reunion. it was my crazy idea to drive instead of flying, and I couldn't be happier that we did. it was a lot of driving (i drove the whole way even though monica offered many many times) but it was such a magical experience. Our first stop was a campground just outside of boise, ID. a quck night's sleep and we were off to southern utah. most of the way through utah was straight, flat and boring, but when we reached the south it was a whole other story.
We camped two nights in kodachrome basin state park, about 10 miles outside of bryce canyon. We were there for the 4th of July, so that evening we celebrated by the fire, trading swigs of bourbon from our travel flask with the sound of the coyotes in the distance as our soundtrack.
Bryce canyon was quite a site. it is one of the most beautiful places i've ever been. we got a decent hike in under the blazing sun and tried to take in the layers and layers of beauty.
After kodachrome/bryce canyon, we were headed to Flagstaff. Along the way we saw a sign for the coral pink sand dunes and were so intrigued we took the 20 minute detour. it was worth it, and we spent some time tromping around in the sand until the sun was too much to handle. As we continued we took another detour to check out lake powell. I was told I had to stop and see it if I could, so we did and once again the scenery was like nothing I'd seen before.
Once we reached Flagstaff i didn't pull the camera out as much until we got to the grand canyon. We spent a lot of time catching up with family and eating so much great food. I played one of my worst rounds of golf on one of the nicest courses in the country. I slid down a natural water slide in freezing cold water. And like I said, we went to the grand canyon. the trip was about an hour ride on a train which involved us getting robbed by some train robbers on horseback (just part of the show). When we got off the train and finally got to take a look at that natural wonder of the world, i really could not believe my eyes. The size and beauty of that thing were so hard to mentally digest that I just had to stand there in silence and stare. The pictures don't do it justice and i feel my memory doesn't either. I would love to go back one day.
when we left the reunion we headed back home through california/oregon. we made a quick stop at joshua tree before we lost daylight. That is one of the weirdest places i've ever been. Between those one-of-a-kind trees and those piles of huge rocks it's almost like you're on another planet. Our next stop would be big sur, but first we would camp out on a hill top just outside of LA.
The next morning we headed to big sur. we didn't have a ton of time to spend there, so we had a little brunch then quickly headed to the beach. We lounged there for a while and watched the surfers. After a while we headed out and made a few stops to admire the stunning coast. We camped near the beach that night (it sounds much more magical than it was...Probably the worst camping experience ever).
Our next campsite was in the redwood forest (that was a great experience). We only stayed on night but were able to take a walk through those giants making sure we didn't run into any bears.
One last stop on the oregon coast for a night of rest, and we headed home.
Those two weeks were two of the most magical, eye-opening weeks of my life. There is so much to see out there! You just gotta make the time to get out there and see it! Monica was a champ on the trip. She's the best co-pilot anyone could ask for. We definitely grew closer on this trip and I can't wait for more adventures with her.
p.s. nola in feb!
everything here was shot with my fujifilm x20