The South West | Part Three

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars”

While traveling, I try not to be biased and pick a ‘favorite’ thing because I want to make sure I am constantly feeling all of it. However, IF I *had* to pick a favorite day, it was definitely our adventure down into Antelope Canyon and walking the edge of Horseshoe Bend.

Our final morning in Sedona consisted of us getting up pretty early, packing the car, checking out and definitely finding some coffee. I feel like I keep saying “refueled” or “recharged” in this series, but seriously guys that is how we felt. Travel and adventures, it sure does take a lot out of ya!

But hey, we were definitely not complaining. So off we set on a three-hour trek towards the Arizona/Utah border. We were not in a rush so it was so much fun to stop along the way and fly the drone around. We got some AMAZING footage. We sort of listened to our maps, but we also sort of listened to our gut feeling. We took the less traveled road and it was well worth it (and some how faster!?)

 

 

Mauricio and I both kept saying how we definitely never pictured Arizona to look like this. I took like a total of three cactus pictures, and it was the same cactus but different angles. It goes to show that Arizona had so much more to offer and we were so pleasantly surprised.

We went to Ken’s Tours and we did the lower Antelope Canyon.  Antelope Canyon consists of a lower and an upper section. Deepening on the time of day and year, each are strikingly beautiful in their own special way. Since we booked so last minute, we were lucky to get a slot for the lower canyon.

We made it perfectly on time (despite the odd confusion we had with time! Navajo time versus AZ time was hard for us, lol). We strolled the little gift shop and headed on our tour. The lower canyon is about a quarter of a mile (if that) away from Ken’s Tour. We descended the steeeeeeeep staircase into the depths of the canyon and we were literally speechless.

 

 

The colors were brilliantly beautiful, the shapes of the rocks were out of this world; I felt like I was on a different planet. I find it really hard to put into words because this place was just something out of a movie or a photograph, but I was WALKING in it!

 

 

 

The tour was about an hour and twenty minutes. Since there are so many angles, stops and corners you have to go around, you are able to take your time to really soak up all it’s glory; and boy did we. We were really lucky to come on such a beautiful, sunny day.

 

 

Rays of light would poke through the rocks casting a perfect light beam in certain areas. With the sand particles floating around, it cast amazing shadows as it twirled and dances in the streaks of sunshine.

 

 

If you ever are planning to go towards Arizona/Utah, I honestly recommend stopping here.

After we made it back up through the canyon, and back to our car, we went ten minutes down the road to Horseshoe Bend. This is definitely a need to see place. You always see those beautiful pictures on Instagram of this place, and let me tell you it does not even come close to doing it justice. You park at the bottom of this little hill and hike up and then down it to get to the Horseshoe Bend viewing point.

 

 

When we made it down there, I was actually taken aback by the sight. We have been in a drought, but the blue water was rushing, it was so lush and green by the river; it was amazing to just watch. Basically the river carves around this huge mass of rock; the river shapes itself into a horseshoe, hence the name. I wanted to sing ‘Just Around the Riverbed’ because it was just one of those moments, you know? Anyways. Horseshoe Bend was wild. There were people sitting on the edge of the canyon and dangling their feet off the cliff (lol – sorry not that brave). I got pretty close tot he edge because I wanted to get some pictures of the vastness and rushing water.

 

 

After, we headed off to Zion.

We were a little bummed that we were only going to be in Zion for a night, but we took advantage of it. We drove through the park, gasping and oooo-ing and ahh-ing at every turn.

 

 

I wish I could say we were able to do the Narrows or hike around, but unfortunately by the time we got to hotel, it was already 6:30 & we desperately needed to grab dinner. We have already set our sights on going back to this marvelous park and we are eagerly booking our next adventure so we can actually adventure around the park!

The next morning was sadly our last day on the road and we headed back to Orange County. We stopped at the cutest and funniest little trading post in Virgin, Utah. There was a petting zoo so, alas, I let the need to touch the animals take over.

 

 

After, we droned around (is that even a word?) a few places. We cannot wait to show you the video.

We also stopped at the Hoover Dam! I never been there, and we decided to drive through and take a quick tour of the inside of the dam. It was about an hour tour and we got to go deep into the dam and see how it really works. There were a lot of ‘oh, damn!’ jokes, as you can imagine.

 

 

We made it home around 10 p.m. As happy as we were to be home, we were already smiling and were ready to book our next adventure.

I truly had an amazing time exploring three states with Mauricio. We had so much fun, and I am happy I was able to (sorta) take you guys with us!

 

If you have been, or plan on going to any of the places we stopped at, please tell me your adventures in the comments.

‘till next time.

 

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