Our trip to Southern Utah and Northern AZ has gone down as one of our top lifetime travel highlights. It's a National Park HEAVEN. It was on our bucket list to visit, and now I want to visit again and again as there is just SO much to see. You just drive and drive and drive with your jaw dropped nearly the entire time.
Here are a few tips...
1. Find hotels in little towns with hot tubs under the Milky Way!!! You will be impressed with those stars above the vast desert. And, hello, talk about romantic. :)
2. Eat a Navajo Taco in Monument Valley. These are legendary in my family and we made them at every family get together.
3. Stop at all the Indian jewelry road stops on the highway and enjoy speaking with the Navajos. (Their accent is so nostalgic for me as my uncles and Dad grew up on the Navajo Reservation.)
4. If you want to buy very, very nice turquoise jewelry, the gift shop at Monument Valley is off-the-charts. Bring a lot of money! I have a few pieces on a wish list in honor of my Grandmother, whose wrists and hands were covered in turquoise jewelry.
5. Give in to all the red dust...it will cover everything and remind you how nice it is to be dirty. Hiking boots are recommended. I finally replaced my boots that I've been wearing since I was 19 years old. I got these from REI and I'm loving them!
6. Listen to On-Being podcasts by NPR - often about spirituality. It's the perfect setting to do so. Here are some excellent ones we listened to on the scenic drives: James Doty - The Magic Shop of the Brain; BJ Miller - Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don't Control; Adam Grant - Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life We Spend at Work.
7. Do.Not.Miss: Zion National Park, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, the scenic Route 12, and the Grand Canyon. Of course, there are just loads and loads of parks and canyons and hikes in between, but these are must-sees for sure. Moab and the Arches National Park are also spectacular.
8. Take loads of road trip snacks and picnic food. Our favorites: Mixed nuts, rice crackers, hummus, baby carrots, homemade peanut butter balls, dried fruit, bananas, clementines, jerky, hard boiled eggs, smoothies in a thermos. There are also plenty of old school road stop cafes.
9. Do a River Ceremony if you find a river or stream.
10. Cherish every second of this beautiful planet.
And now for a little something that still has us smiling from ear to ear...
On one of the hiking trails in Zion, we passed a group of hikers and then one of them called out: "Are you from A Blog About Love?" YES! "I attended your event in Norway!" she said. "You changed my life! I think of you all the time!"
ahh...we couldn't believe it. Such a miracle we crossed paths.
This life is too beautiful.