You know what I love so much? TRAVELING. Pinterest is not good for me because I could spend hours looking at different destinations and planning trip after trip. If it was up to me, we would probably vacation one week a month. I’m not sure I could get Brady on board with that though!
A vacation that has been on my bucket list for quite some time happened this past month and we had a blast! We loaded up the car and took off for two weeks to road trip through the western US. We spent hours and hours in the car but it was well worth it. I decided to share some pictures below, along with a few stories from our trip.
First, we traveled through Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota to get to our first destination: SOUTH DAKOTA. (FUN FACT: We stopped at the world’s largest Culver’s while we were in Wisconsin.) Our first stop in South Dakota was the Badlands. What a crazy sight! We hiked a half mile long trail that took us up, down and around some big rocks and I was a little nervous to take my new camera along with us so unfortunately, I did not get many pictures. We drove through the Badlands and the Black Hills National Forest and ended up at Mount Rushmore.
While in South Dakota, we also stopped at the Crazy Horse Monument.
We traveled through South Dakota, up into Montana and back down into Wyoming to get to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. (FUN FACT: We had to fill up with gas at almost every gas station we came across because we would drive for HOURS before passing anything – restaurants, gas stations, and even other cars.) Our first stop in Yellowstone was at Yellowstone Lake. We sat on the edge of the lake and ate ice cream. We then stopped at the West Thumb Geyser Basin.
Our other stops in Yellowstone on the first day included visiting Old Faithful (OF COURSE), the Upper Geyser Basin, Midway Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Springs, Firehole Canyon Drive, Riverside Drive. We saw lots of elk within the park as well!
We traveled through Idaho and Nevada to get to CALIFORNIA. (Fun fact: on our way through Nevada we saw our first ever tumbleweed! We were so excited! It’s the little things in life, right?) Our first day in California, we went to Yosemite National Park. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. We hiked to the top of a huge rock to get a better view of Olmsted Point and drove Tioga Pass.
On our second day in Yosemite, we traveled down into Yosemite Valley to hike to the Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls, Vernal Falls Bridge, and to get a better view of Half Dome and El Capitan.
Brady is a huge disc golf fan, so of course being within a few hours of Los Angeles, we had to go to the Innova Disc Golf Factory. (For those of you who are not familiar with disc golf, Innova is one of the most well-known disc golf companies out there.) We played disc golf at several different courses in California and Arizona per Brady’s request.
Neither of us have ever been to the west coast, so we decided to spend a day at a beach. We randomly picked Huntington Beach because it was closest to where we stayed in LA. It turned out that the US Open of Surfing was going on the same day we were at Huntington Beach! We spent the day sitting on the beach watching the competition.
Next stop after California: ARIZONA. Our two main stops in Arizona included the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. Both were incredible. The colors of the rocks in Arizona alone are enough to take your breath away. I was in complete awe of God’s creation the entire time!
Let me take a second to tell you about Antelope Canyon… This was our favorite stop. Everything we did and were able to see was incredible, but we were so glad we booked a tour for the Upper Antelope Canyon. We hopped in the bed of a truck and rode to the entrance of the canyon. When we arrived, our tour guide walked us through the quarter-mile long canyon. It was early in the morning when we took the tour so it was still fairly dark inside the canyon. We were allowed to take pictures, but we could not use a flash so I did not think any of my pictures would turn out. I was gladly mistaken! Check out the pictures below… BEAUTIFUL, right?
We also stopped to see Horseshoe Bend which is a part of Lake Powell in Page, Arizona. That was really neat!
After all our fun, beautiful stops we started heading home… We drove for a total of 26 hours. And we drove all the way through only stopping for a couple of hours at a rest stop to sleep. You can imagine the relief we felt when we pulled in to our driveway. We seriously both cheered and I did a happy dance.
We were both so grateful for the opportunity to go out west and spend time together for two weeks straight! It was a much-needed break from work and all the craziness of normal life. It was also such a great reminder of the awesome God we serve. To think He created all the beauty we saw and in just 6 days absolutely BLOWS. ME. AWAY. I am always grateful for those reminders.