Hello Fellow Travelers and Adventurers!
We took off for out west the week before Christmas, on a vividly colored, red rock-laden, hilly, and hiking-filled trip.
Neither of us had been to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, or the Grand Canyon before, so this is where we chose.
We started in Zion, which was gorgeous.
I was struck by the towering, craggy, sky-high rocks in the most brilliant of reds and burnt oranges, a landscape very different from what I'm used to back in New England (forests and evergreen enshrouded mountains). Equally as beautiful. Just different.
We began hiking the first day around 7am, and man was I thankful for the coat and outdoor pants Maxx had gifted me with. I would have been FREEZING and miserable without them. The morning was silent and frigid. I could see my breath in the air, my hands were numb. However, I was cold but ok, able to take it. With the layer of gear Maxx had given me, that was what saved me and made it alright.
We hiked up steep, red rocks, staring out at landscapes of more craggy red rocks, sprinkled atop with bright white snow like powdered sugar, and a smattering of evergreen trees across the scenery. Super pretty, the mixture of colors.
The following photos are from this hike and our time in general in Zion National Park.
It was such an awesome trip. Both Maxx and I agreed, it was way better than we both thought it would be. The adventure and week very much exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend this experience of heading out west and visiting these national parks. The scenery is unlike anything you've ever seen or can imagine. The colors. The vastness. How huge it all is. Just, wow.
We finished off the trip with a superb dinner at Valentine (Maxx's choice) in Phoenix. This was a really fun night.
All in all, a very grand adventure, we both agree.