Southwestern US, Travels

Left Foot New Mexico – Four Corners Monument

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember our failed attempt to visit Four Corners Monument (and if not, you can read about it here). Well as it happened, we found ourselves in the area once again the very next summer, on our way from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah to Carlsbad… Continue reading Left Foot New Mexico – Four Corners Monument

Southwestern US, Travels

The place where 4 states don’t quite meet

After Canyonlands National Park, our next destination was Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. The two parks are only about 3 hours apart by car, but we drove at least an hour out of our way (through the absolute middle of nowhere) for the sole purpose of visiting Four Corners Monument. Here, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and… Continue reading The place where 4 states don’t quite meet

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Interrupting Deer and White-tailed Squirrels – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (part IV)

The next morning, we headed off to explore the north rim of the Grand Canyon. There's only one campground inside this section of the park, located near the visitor center at Bright Angel Point. From the visitor center, a 0.5 mile round-trip paved trail leads out to Bright Angel Point, which was where we'd watched… Continue reading Interrupting Deer and White-tailed Squirrels – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (part IV)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

From Rim to Rim – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (part III)

After two wonderful days exploring the south rim of the Grand Canyon, it was time to pack up and head to the north rim. From Mather Campground, we followed Desert View Road east out of the park, stopping at the viewpoints we'd skipped on the way in. Though Grand Canyon is not known for its… Continue reading From Rim to Rim – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (part III)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Ooh, Ahh, and Ugh – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (part II)

The names of most of the viewpoints in Grand Canyon National Park are of Native American origin. Hopi Point, Yavapai Overlook, and Mohave Point, to name a few. Whoever named the rest was apparently not feeling very creative. Case in point: when we hiked down into the canyon, we found ourselves at Ooh Ahh Point.… Continue reading Ooh, Ahh, and Ugh – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (part II)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

A Vast Expanse – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (part I)

It’s difficult to describe the Grand Canyon without using the words enormous and spectacular. And while both adjectives are correct, I couldn’t really fully appreciate the immensity of the canyon until I saw it for myself. And so, after 2 days in Zion National Park, we headed south to see it for ourselves. We began… Continue reading A Vast Expanse – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (part I)