This year for Thanksgiving, my awesome family decided to go on a family vacation to Arizona — which just so happen to be where Curtis (my boyfriend) lives! The trip started off with two 12 hour days on the road. Of course getting through Nebraska was long and boring, but the second day we finally made it to the Rockies! We spent our first night outside of Denver off of I-70.
On day 2, we entered Utah for our first time, and got pizza in Moab. As we began heading South, we decided to take some back country dirt road that was supposedly a short cut. It turned out to have beautiful desert views with plenty of red rocks, but it was also a rough road and made for some jokes about getting lost out here forever… But the fact that you’re reading this should tell you that didn’t happen! We pulled over at a random rest stop along the way to check out the scenery (and the out houses… 😉 ).
Because of our short cut, we had enough time to make a short stop at the Navajo National Monument in Northern AZ. We walked down the short trail to check out the canyon and monument in the rocks. We also got Sonic in Tuba City, and finally made it to our hotel in Tusayan, just South of the Grand Canyon!
Finally, on Day 3 we visited the Grand Canyon! It was our first time ever seeing it, and it was so surreal after hearing about it for so many years! After paying a visit to the Visitor’s Center, we started with a short walk on the rim checking out the views. You definitely don’t have to go very far to find incredible views here! After lunch, we took the shuttle to another trailhead and went for a short hike on the South Kaibab Trail.
Not going to lie, even a short walk had me totally winded! I blame the elevation difference here. Grant won the award for hiking the furthest into the canyon. Sarah was the one who “fell in the Grand Canyon…and scraped her knee” and used that joke many times. 😉 We had a great day here and I’m so glad we were able to enjoy this landmark as a family!