Grand Canyon Road Trip
Its always refreshing when life takes ya back.
As kids it was our mom throwing us in the bright blue mini van, that our father lovingly "surprised" her with, for the whole summer, every summer. We are dedicating this our, "take me with you" segment to our mother, who inspires, everyday, the wanderlust inside of us.
Being pre-exposed to road trips, when Evan came up with the idea of a road trip to the Grand Canyon to liven up an otherwise lifeless summer, how could I refuse?
We grabbed our gal pals, Jen and Chardae, planned NOTHING, threw any and all "camping gear" that we, the mega amateur campers that we are, thought we would need, and hit the highway!
Suffice to say, the trip did not go exactly as "not planned", turns out just because you drive nonstop from Houston, TX to Flagstaff, AZ (which incase you didn't know, is the most popular state EVA!) doesnt mean that you dont have to make reservations... What do you mean you have no vacancy-five hotels and three campsites later-last resort, Super 8, for triple the price.
In case you didn't know most people who want to drive to and camp inside of the Grand Canyon, typically start planning 6 months to a year in advance. They have to have all gear, trip leaders, trails, pit stops, and destinations planned to the T. We did not do that, but despite our lack of planning this trip was incredibly inspiring, AWE-full, humbling, and hilarious. One of those accidentally on purpose-wonders of a trip! There was something waiting for us around every turn, rock, curb, sight, and bend. Although from time to time what we thought was waiting for us was a scene from "The Hills Have Eyes", we just kept on trucking on a gas tank of prayers.
We made it to the Grand Canyon and at the risk of sounding clichè, words can not describe the feeling. The Grand Canyon did not disappoint, the view is unparalleled, our minds could not grasp the vastness of that place, Gods vision for this world is overwhelmingly wonderous and scary and beautiful, its an honor to be here.
Below is the documentation of our trip:
-from our home in Houston to
-stumbling upon the Cadillac Art Cars in Amarillo, TX to
-a hotel in Flagstaff, AZ to
-hiking in THE GRAND CANYON to
-staying in Page, AZ to
-our time with the Navajos in Antelope Canyon to
-swimming in Lake Powell to
-camping at Turquioise Trail in Albequrque, NM to
-sledding down the White Sands, NM to
-dinner with our baby brother and his new finacè in El Paso, TX to
-the ruins of the abandoned Kent Public School in West Texas to
-the tiny but beautiful Mission Mary that stands where a city used to in Calera, TX to
-diving with the fishies in Balmorhea Springs, TX back to
-our home sweet home in Houston, TX
and everything in between.
How to: Do It Better
[Disclaimer: we know the advice we are about to give you sounds like common sense. They basically all refer back to Planning Ahead, we decided one day to hit the road and see what happens and were gone two days later, if we knew we were going on this trip we might have tried to be more prepared.]