A Weekend in Arizona and Utah

My first ever trip to Arizona was back in 2012. During this trip, I hit 3 different states over the course of the weekend and it was exhausting but exhilarating. However, I didn’t get to spend much time in each location but luckily for me, I had the opportunity to visit each respective location more than once and so for that, I’m grateful.

Back in April, I had the privilege to visit Arizona and Utah for the third time with some friends and we hit up: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Bryce Canyon!

We set off for our journey around 9pm on a Friday night and made it to Page, Arizona around 4am, Saturday morning and checked into our hotel. *Pro-tip: call your hotel ahead of time if you’ll be checking in late, like really late, otherwise they may cancel your room because they’ll assume you’re not coming.

After we re-booked our room, we settled in to sleep so that we could get up for our 11am tour at Antelope Canyon with Ken’s Tours. I highly recommend Ken’s Tours, not because it’s my 3rd tour with them, but they are the more budget-friendly company. If you’re planning to visit Antelope Canyon, I would recommend going early to beat the crowds and heat because this place is only going to get more and more popular. When I first visited this place back in 2012, tickets were only $20/person and this trip, we paid $50/person and I had to squish with a bunch of other tourists in the canyons.. not that fun. Here are some shots:

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After Antelope Canyon, we headed into the city to find a place for lunch before we headed to Bryce Canyon. The drive from Page to Bryce was about 2.5 hours but it’s definitely do-able if you are just planning to do a short day trip. We left around 2:30 pm and arrived around 5pm, with just enough sunlight to do a short hike: Navajo Loop Trail and watch the sunset over the canyons. The Navajo Loop Trail is fairly short but part of the trail was closed and it was getting dark so we went back the way we started (just a heads up). Here are some shots!

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Afterwards, we headed back to Page so that we could rest up early to make it for sunrise at Horseshoe Bend. Every time I visit Arizona, I always stay in Page because it’s closer to the border of Utah so it makes it easier to visit the National Parks but keep in mind that because it’s a small city, many restaurants close early so when we got back, it was close to 10pm and we could only order pizza, not that I complained haha. We all turned in pretty early, and woke up around 5:30 am the next morning to head to Horseshoe Bend. The last two times I’ve been, I’ve always gone during sunset and so I was very excited to finally go during sunrise and it did not disappoint. We didn’t make it right at sunrise (we were late) but the colors were still amazing as the sun started to hit the rocks.

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Overall, it was a fun and relaxing trip and we accomplished a good amount. If you’re ever traveling to Arizona, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need recommendations. Or, if you’ve ever been and would like to share your tips, let me know! I’d love to hear your experience 🙂

TTFN!

A Weekend in Joshua Tree

It’s been a minute since I last visited Joshua Tree for more than a few hours. Early March, a couple of friends and I headed out to Joshua Tree to celebrate our friend’s birthday. Since there were going to be more than 10 of us, we opted for an Airbnb–it was just to manage.

We headed out Friday night around 8:30 pm and arrived around 11:00 pm, it’s about a 2 hour drive east from the greater LA area and during that time, there may be some minor traffic, fyi!

We didn’t plan too much and just decided to go with the flow this weekend. There is quite a lot to do if you’re planning for only a weekend; 2-3 hikes is definitely do-able!

On Saturday, we woke up and did a big group breakfast and set out for a hike around 1:00 pm. We did 1 easy hike, Arch Rock, and ended with sunset at Keys View around 5:30 pm, which is highly recommended!

Later that evening, we stayed in and watched a movie on Netflix and had a big delicious group dinner, consisting of steak, galbi ribs, a cheeseboard, and fruits!

On Sunday morning, everybody left at their own pace and while everyone left for home, Brandon and I went back to Joshua Tree to do the Barker Dam hike. It’s a 1 mile loop, flat ground and super easy. I’ve done this hike previously but did not see any water at the dam so this time, I wanted to see it. While on the hike, we saw some climbers and watched them for a bit (kind of made us both miss climbing!)

Joshua Tree is a fairly small national park and even though there are quite a few hikes available, you can definitely accomplish a lot in a weekend trip so if you’re thinking about visiting, just do it!

Check out my photos from the trip, hope ya’ll enjoyed! 🙂

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park

Finally went camping for the first time this year during Memorial Day Weekend (yay for camping for the 4th time ever too!) and we decided to camp at Sequoia National Park. We went up Sunday morning and we were afraid that we would have a hard time looking for a campsite, but luckily, we didn’t! There were actually a lot of sites open so in case any of you ever want to go camping last minute in Sequoia, just know that there will be slots available.

It was my first time at Sequoia and it is absolutely beautiful. We did Moro Rock, a very intense, steep incline, stair-master type of hike but trust me, the view at the top is so worth it. We also visited the General Sherman Tree, the tallest single stem tree in the world.

For sunset, we went to Beetle Rock. We originally wanted to visit Sunset Rock (obviously for the name and the purpose it’s supposed to serve) but we couldn’t find it. The sunset from Beetle Rock was absolutely breathtaking, hands down, the best sunset I’ve seen so far. My photos do not do it justice.

There is still snow on some of the mountains so nighttime was still quite cold so be sure to bring down jackets and warm clothing. I had such a wonderful time making burgers around the fire and just being one with nature again.

On Monday, we decided to do a day trip up to Yosemite. We figured it would only be a 2-hour drive–boy were we wrong. It was definitely a 4-hour drive but it was so worth it. (Yosemite was much busier than Sequoia so keep that in mind if you’re planning on doing a day trip during Memorial Day Weekend.) We stopped by Tunnel View and got to see El Capitan, Half Dome and other waterfalls all in one frame. We also did the short hike/walk to see the Lower Yosemite Falls and we all got soaked but we all had a great time. I cannot wait to go back to Yosemite and camp and hike. It’s a must-visit for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Here are some photos from the trip! Enjoy : )

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TTFN!