2018 · Travel

Roadtrip: Grand Canyon!


Time for my next road trip post, I will be talking about two different places in this one just like the rest of my road trip posts thus far but the places we stopped in Arizona were pretty much just places to stop because we were headed to the Grand Canyon. Anyway, let’s dive right on in.

I want to start by saying I am going to be dumping some photos in this post but I have managed to keep myself fairly moderate, though they are all of the Grand Canyon. Anyway, once we left Albuquerque we headed to Flagstaff, somewhere that wasn’t too terribly far away but somewhere that we picked because it’s pretty close to the Grand Canyon. The hotel there was probably the nicest hotel we stayed in and it has a pretty nice view of this mountain that we weren’t expecting, it was really just nice. We had a less than exciting evening, we napped as the time change had finally caught up to us I think since we were three hours behind our timezone finally. Flagstaff was nice but it wasn’t anything special, which may partly be because we did not do much exploring.

The next morning we woke up super early, partly because time change and partly because we had just gone to be so super early so that meant that we woke up really early and decided to head out to the Grand Canyon early, that was a fantastic oopsie of an idea. We got there probably around eight, it wasn’t too sunny or too hot which was nice along with the fact that there were so many fewer people there then when we left, it was accidentally a really smart thing to do. Things we did not take into account, the elevation, I’m not in the best shape ever, don’t get me wrong but we were walking for a total of probably five minutes up a slight hill before we had to stop for a moment, that shit is serious. I also forgot my water bottle, which for us wasn’t too terrible but I wish I hadn’t forgotten it because I think we might have gone further. Anyway, these things are probably obvious things but I just wasn’t thinking.

We walked around for a few hours total and I never got tired of this view, this is by far one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, people say pictures don’t do it justice and honestly I think that is very much true. Standing here and looking at this was just so surreal and it almost looks fake in photos, it’s just so pretty and I think I could have happily stayed there all day. For sure a place that I would go back to.

After we left the Grand Canyon we headed to our next destination which was Kingman Arizona, another place that we just went to because it was a good halfway point between two places and there wasn’t a lot of better options. We pretty much immediately napped there, we needed that so much. We also experienced In-N-Out here because I didn’t want to waste one of my San Diego days on this and I am glad that I didn’t. It wasn’t bad or anything but it wasn’t super exciting, it was just fine. That was really all we did here, we had dinner and slept before heading out to our next stop.

This was a stop that completely made the trip, both my husband and I can agree on that, everywhere else up until this point had been pretty fun but I’m not sure I would have made the trek across the country for it, this is worth the drive from Virginia and like I said above, is totally a place that I would go back to and explore further, I feel like there is just so much to explore and see here.


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