It's crazy to think about how big this world is sometimes. There are so many beautiful places I would still like to explore. What's even crazier is that some of the most magical places exist right under our noses. We just have to be open enough to discover them, and daring enough to explore. Welcome to a glimpse of how I spent my 40th. With wanderlust in my head, a quest for adventure in my heart, and my best friend at my side.
Day 1: and so the journey begins...
After a pretty reasonable non-stop flight from Milwaukee to PHX, we rented a car and drove about 4 hours up to Page, AZ. Upon arriving, we enjoyed stretching our legs with a quick hike to view the Colorado River.
Day 2: Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, & Horseback Riding
After sunrise at Horseshoe Bend, we had some breakfast and waited for our tour to see the weirdly incredible slot canyons of the northern Arizona Desert. (You must pre-register for these, they sell out quickly!) There are two - Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. After reading a bunch of reviews, we decided that the less crowded but apparently not quite as amazing lower Antelope was the way to go. I love people, but I hate crowds. I was really torn on this decision because all of the reviews say that you'd be able to see these amazing light beams that peaked through the canyons at Upper Antelope. Still, my gut just told me to stick with the Lower Canyon, and you will see below why we're so glad we did.
Now if this wasn't a lesson on not always believing everything you see on the internet, I don't know what is. As we wound our way through this magical canyon, even though everyone else said otherwise... right before our very eyes, a light beam appeared. I can't even begin to describe the effect this had on me. It's cool and pretty dark down there, and all of the sudden, the most beautiful ray was warming my face. I've spent my life chasing light, but for once, it found me.
Our last adventure to close out celebrating the day of my birth was a sunset horseback ride in Utah. Benny had never ridden a horse before so part of the fun was watching him experience that for the first time.
day 3: Sedona & Flagstaff
The drive through the mountains from Page, AZ to Scottsdale are breathtaking. We stumbled upon this place and it was the most tranquil, magical park I've ever been to. Definitely worth a visit while in Sedona.
Days 4, 5, 6: Backpacking to Havasu Falls
DAY 5: Mooney Falls, Buddha Beach, beaver falls
Day 6: journey out of paradise