As I was dumping the photographs from my iPhone onto my computer, I stumbled upon some shots of the Grand Canyon and thought, “oh yeah, I went to Arizona last year!” October was a whirlwind of a month for me- leading into a crazy holiday season- and I never had the opportunity to share my trip on this space. Even though I was there for eight days, it felt like two. I can’t wait to go back to visit and explore more- there was so much I didn’t get to see or enjoy for long. But isn’t that the same for any state you visit?!
One morning Cate and I took a hike in the White Tank Mountains and let me tell you, it was hot! The mountains looked so small compared to those in the Adirondacks but I struggled hiking for a couple of hours because of the heat. I was thankful I brought extra water with me- there were some great views and a lot of cacti (but no shade!).The Painted Desert was beyond gorgeous!And the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona was a great pit-stop!Hiking the Sunset Crater Volcano in Flagstaff was much easier because of the cooler weather- you got to actually walk on the lava flow fields! The landscape was gorgeous and we both wish we spent more time hiking through the birch trees- next time!We also checked out the prehistoric pueblos in the park- they are National monuments and I recommend checking them out along the way if you have the time.The Grand Canyon! No words can describe how HUGE it really is. I’d love to eventually do some hiking in the canyon; the pull-offs were gorgeous but I bet it feels like a completely different world to be at the bottom looking up.On my last day in Arizona, Cate and Tim took me for a ride on the Apache Trail. This is Arizona’s oldest road and golly, there were some scary sections! You can look over the edge of the road and still see wreckage! The majority of the road was dirt and a single lane with no guardrails- the control freak in me had a couple pings of panic. Ha! And just as we were leaving you’ll never believe what crossed the street- a tarantula! The effing spider was so big you could see it crossing the street- similar to a squirrel or small dog. It was disgusting!Speaking of disgusting, can we have a short chat about scorpions? They glow in the dark under black lights! We killed two of them in their backyard with hammers. I have no regrets taking those lives.It was quite the adventure and now I understand why Cate didn’t want to camp out during our road trip. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try and convince her next time. She did after all try vegan food at an all out hippy-joint. Vegan camp food will be even better- I’ll make sure to bring the cookie butter and gala apples!