Road Trip UT–>AZ

Time for a Road Trip- back into time actually. We took this trip 2 years ago, but just found most of the photos on my honey’s SD card. They are just too fabulous not to share! I think I found my new blog photographer!! 

Join me as I retrace our 10 day journey through some amazing natural wonders of the U.S.A.!

Park City, UT

No regrets, that’s my motto. That and everybody Wang Chung tonight.” – Out Cold

We started out the trip snowboarding in lovely Park City, UT. There is so much to do in this quaint little skiing town! We dined at some awesome restaurants, and celebrated St. Patty’s Day at the entertaining local bars. We stayed in a lovely apartment with a fireplace, and snuggled up after long days on the slopes. On our last day, we decided to rent some skis. As usual, my honey was instantly good, after 10+ years of not skiing. I, on the other hand, ended up on my butt. I had a smile on my face the entire time though, and haven’t given up on it yet. My advice: take a lesson before you head right out there!

Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, UT

“Good luck exploring the infinite abyss” – Garden State

We rented a car in Park City and set out for Arizona, making a few stops along the way. First was Arches National Park, where we took some amazing photos! Of course my honey needed to climb on top of the enormous arched rock- standing in front wasn’t enough for him. He pushed me to my limit, convincing me to stand on the edge of one of the amazing cavernous abysses of Canyonlands, and I couldn’t be happier that he did.

Monument Valley, UT/AZ

“I’m pretty tired… I think I’ll go home now.” Forrest Gump 

Next we drove the long road through the middle of nowhere. Well, not exactly nowhere, through Monument Valley. Now I know why a lot of movies use this as a backdrop, it’s absolutely breathtaking. It was an amazing experience just to drive down this road, and really made me appreciate how amazing our country is. The natural beauty is so raw and untouched in areas like this. It really was an amazing experience- I recommend a road trip out west to anyone who can find the time to do it!

Grand Canyon, AZ

Ellen Griswold: I honestly don’t think you’re going to find the Grand Canyon on this road.
Clark: Jesus, it’s only the biggest damn hole in the world.
Aunt Edna: Clark, watch your language!
Clark: Make that the second biggest.

I find myself wanting to say that each leg of the trip was my favorite, but I think this takes the cake. They don’t call it the Grand Canyon after all. My breath was literally taken away, it is just spectacular. Standing on the edge of this natural wonder, you feel like you can take on the world. It really was an amazing experience for my honey and I to have at such a new stage in our relationship. It really set the stage for the excitement and wonder to come. It was also my first time there, and even though honey-pie had been there before, his eyes glistened with pride at being the one to take me there for the first time. The drive throughout the park is also pretty amazing. The trees are so dense and lush, and it’s fun trying to spot wildlife as you go!

Sedona, AZ

“I’m not by myself. I’m with you.” Daniel to Miyagi, Karate Kid

Sedona was my second favorite part of the trip. It is spectacular, the colors of the mountains are something that is hard to comprehend. Mother Nature has the best paint palette! There is so much to do here also, I wished we had stayed longer! We found an amazing hotel with a gorgeous room, right in town, and ate at their restaurant. They had a special running, so we shared a bottle of wine for $20! We played pool and backgammon and cards and stumbled back to our room, what a fun night! The next day we had lunch next to the airport overlooking all of Sedona. We kept seeing helicopter rides take off, but no one was taking the bright red bi-plane. Of course we had to do it! We strapped on our Snoopy helmets and goggles, and boarded for a tour of the town. How cute did we look?! I was so nervous the entire flight, since you’re out in the open, but my honey made me feel safer. I’m sure he really enjoyed the ride with me clutching to him.

If I could do it all over again I would spend more time at the Grand Canyon, maybe take a hiking or helicopter tour. I would certainly extend my stay in Sedona by about a week, ha! I might not even come back next time. Snapizona anyone? 🙂

How do you feel about road trips? Would you and your honey or your gf’s or family do well in the car for extended periods of time?

Today is also a very special birthday- my bestie Lainie! 
Happy Birthday Love! I hope you have the best day ever!!! 🙂

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