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Roadtrip to SW National Parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon in Utah and Arizona

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If you frequent this blog, you probably know I am obsessed with road trips. There’s just something about being stuck in a car with an infinite supply of music, snacks, and long stretches of roads that puts me in my happiest mood. Last week, Dillon and I were trying to stay in good spirits by finding a mid-week hike off mountain loop highway, before someone mentioned the weather forecast… Of a week straight of RAIN.

We weren’t having it.

So we flipped the car around and drove back to service to start planning the fastest route out of the PNW. We talked about wanting to visit the Grand Canyon soon so we decided, hey. Let’s just drive there!

A few hours later, we had my Mazda CX 5 packed up for her first big road trip, and for this trip we weren't leaving Meadow behind! (She stayed home back when we went to Idaho in February.)

We drove about 14 hours straight and decided on this Itinerary after finding The Mangagies blog. They helped us create the best trip ever and I am so thankful and inspired by them. Be sure to give them a follow!

  1. Canyonlands National Park

  2. Arches National Park

  3. Monument Valley

  4. Grand Canyon

  5. Page, Arizona

  6. Bryce Canyon

  7. Meadow, UT

  8. Goldbug Hot Springs

  9. Coeur D’Alene

Canyonlands National Park looks like it was a replica of an old western movie set. Deep canyons carved by the Colorado river are found throughout the park, and we had such a great time exploring places like Mesa Arch before heading to our first campsite. We used iOverlander to find some sweet free sites on BLM land.

Gilly suit or mossy shrub? you decide. Canyonlands national park Mesa Arch
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Campsite at Canyonlands National Park
Making a fire at our campsite at Canyonlands National Park

Dillon grilled us some steaks for dinner, set up camp, and we enjoyed a rainfly-free tent and watched the stars before falling asleep. We woke up to a few raindrops in the middle of the night— but it was worth it! We packed everything out, and continued on to Arches National Park!

This was one of my favorite days. Everything about Arches is so stunning! These nature-made sculptures seem like they can crumble at any moment!

I really loved the walk to Sand Dune Arch! Check out how insane this is!

When flipping through our park map, I marveled at the photos of Landscape Arch, but was concerned for Meadow at this point— because dogs aren’t allowed on most trails at the National Parks we were taking turns staying with her in the car or leaving it running with the A/C. So Dillon hung back while I did the 1.2 mile walk and saw this beauty for myself. It didn’t disappoint!

We wrapped up this part of Utah with a Navajo Taco and headed down to the Grand Canyon South Rim. We were debating which entrance we could go to but since we decided to skip camping at Monument Valley so we can get to Page, AZ we decided this was ultimately the easiest stop on our route. We heard from some bikers that the North Rim is much more interesting to visit— so keep that in mind if you are deciding North Rim vs. South Rim for the Grand Canyon.

Personally I thought this place didn’t compare to the beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park. But we had fun stopping at all the viewpoints and finally checking it off our Bucket Lists! This picture I took of Dillon and Meadow makes my heart melt. <3

Cute boy and cute dog at Bryce Canyon National Park

I loved all the hoodoos casting shadows in the early morning light. We did a part of the Queens Garden Trail and I highly recommend it.

On the drive back home, we stopped at two hot springs in Meadow, UT and in Elk Bend, ID. We had both of them to ourselves because I talked Dillon into driving while I entertained myself with taking countless photos of Meadow and growing our roadtrip playlist on Spotify.

The crazy amazing thing about Goldbug was that this was the hot spring we DIDN’T get to see on our Idaho road trip— and I’m so happy we decided to take this route so I could finally see this place. Everything was pure magic.

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One of our favorite parts about the road trip was finding this post about 101 things to ask your friends on a road trip. We we’re inspired to make up some of our own questions and post our favorites, which you can find below!

Questions to uncover on a roadtrip with friends

  1. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

  2. Favorite movie of all time? (Check out some of my favorite adventure movies here!)

  3. Which of your friends are you proudest of? Why?

  4. Have you ever been skinny dipping?

  5. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

  6. What’s your favorite snack to eat?

  7. If you were a cloud, what shape would you be?

  8. If you could live in any TV home, what would it be?

  9. If you were a tough guy/girl (opposite sex) what would your name be?

  10. What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?

  11. Who would you love to punch in the face?

  12. How different was your life one year ago?

  13. Auntie Annie’s or Cinnabon?

  14. What was the best toy of the 90s?

  15. What has been your most expensive Uber ride?

  16. What is your go-to dance move?

  17. What has been your favorite photo you’ve taken?

Read the full post here!

Portland Must Do's: Food. Drink. See. Mississippi, Alberta, and SE Neighborhoods!

Portland Must Do's: Food. Drink. See. Mississippi, Alberta, and SE Neighborhoods!

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How to Prepare to Summit Kilimanjaro in 30 Days!

How to Prepare to Summit Kilimanjaro in 30 Days!

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Huacachina, A Desert Oasis in Peru

Huacachina, A Desert Oasis in Peru

We had just spent a week trekking in Peru we were ready for some relaxation, so we decided to fly to Huacachina, a desert oasis! Once we arrived at the Lima Airport we used their free 30 minute airport wifi to figure out how to get to Cruz Del Sur Bus Terminal to Ica, and six hours later we made it to Huacachina!

The Yoga Culture: 7 Simple Truths of My Very First Yoga Retreat..

The Yoga Culture:  7 Simple Truths of My Very First  Yoga Retreat..

A lot of questions pop up when signing up for a yoga retreat. Which is totally understandable! It’s a big step-and usually involves traveling across the world. Here is why I am a huge advocate for joining yoga retreats and some experiences that I took away from my very first retreat and trip out of the country. Just go for it!

The Yoga Culture: The Best of Bali

The Yoga Culture: The Best of Bali

Bali is filled with deeply rooted cultural vibes and tradition. I visited Indonesia in August of 2018 for a yoga retreat with Glow Yoga Retreats. Because I was there for 24-odd days, I didn’t need a visa. This travel guide is all about how to keep it simple, what to see in Bali, and how to absorb and connect to this beautiful culture.

The Yoga Culture: Should You Plan a Trip to Nusa Penida? Spontaneous vs. Planned

The Yoga Culture: Should You Plan a Trip to Nusa Penida? Spontaneous vs. Planned

Sometimes travel really does need planning ahead of time and putting in a little bit of extra time researching your destinations to make the memorable adventures seem as seamless, safe, and dreamlike as they really are. Here are some tips when planning a trip to Nusa Penida, including the Kelingling Beach hike and most importantly… HELMETS!

Maria’s Go-To Healthy Spots to Eat on the North Shore: Food Truck Central

Maria’s Go-To Healthy Spots to Eat on the North Shore: Food Truck Central

Here are three of the best healthy spots to eat on the North Shore. Food trucks, coconut bullet coffee, papaya bowls, açaí bowls, and more! The Sunrise Shack is seriously incredible. All of the fruit and food there is super fresh and mostly everything is vegan—makes for a happy girl. Haliewa Bowls is an Acai Wonderland. It’s hard to decide when you get there what you want to try, but know this: everything is tasty!

You Had Me at Sunrise, Oahu: Lanikai Pillbox Hike

You Had Me at Sunrise, Oahu: Lanikai Pillbox Hike

Sunrise Destination? Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Living close to Wahiawa, we had a short travel distance towards Kailua, which is only about a 35-minute drive in the morning if you can beat the traffic. Sunrise hikes are always worth the sleepy eyes and grumpiness for the first 10 minutes of the day, I swear.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp: Guide To Get YOU There and Pharmacy Must-Haves!

Trekking to Everest Base Camp: Guide To Get YOU There and Pharmacy Must-Haves!

We were 9 days deep into the Himalayas. Hiking on average about 6 hours a day. And on April 11th, 2017 I was 17,598ft in the sky, at the base of the largest mountain in the world. I celebrated with my wonderful group of trekking partners and our two guides I met from Himalayan Wonders. We all had made it. How, you ask? A strong combination of desire, jokes, and knowing what to pack.

Austrian Alps: Road Trip to Hallstatt from Prague

Austrian Alps: Road Trip to Hallstatt from Prague

Official Hello Adventure Co. Guide to Roadtriping in Austria! In February 2018, we rented a cute little Skoda and drove from Prague through Austria and Germany, visiting the beautiful towns of Halstatt and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Helloadventure co guide: Navigating a month in Paris

Helloadventure co guide: Navigating a month in Paris

I wanted to write a travel guide with things I wish I would have read before we decided to live in Paris for a month in Winter. Among many things, we learned that we really suck at speaking French, but that the people here are better than you might think. (Regardless of how disappointed we we're with the food options...)

How I Got Started Traveling (Female Solo Style!)

How I Got Started Traveling (Female Solo Style!)

A little intro to why and how I got started traveling, starting with backpacking in New Zealand. Traveling is different than vacationing, something you realize when you are on a ferry ride in the middle of the Andaman Sea between Phuket and Krabi, CLEARLY lost. (But still thoroughly enjoying every minute of it)

Our Weekend in Colorado: Denver, Boulder, Golden and More

Our Weekend in Colorado: Denver, Boulder, Golden and More

we found a lot of reasons to fall in love this weekend. Four days wasn't enough time to try everything and we will definitely be back. If you're looking for cool restaurants to eat, fun bars to dance, or places to explore around Denver this is the post for you.

Using Instagram To Help Your Travel Bug

Using Instagram To Help Your Travel Bug

I highly recommend you find some of your favorite 'grammers and look at there maps. I promise it will encourage you to start building your own! With a trip plan in the works in June... I am excited to add more to mine. My USA map is pretty pathetic... but I just can't rationalize spending $500+ to go to the east coast when that money can get me to another country.

Raglan, NZ Reminiscing

Raglan, NZ Reminiscing

If you ever find yourself exploring the North Island of New Zealand, please promise me you will visit my favorite town I ever stumbled into. Raglan was one of those places that wasn't on my "plan" when I was mapping out where I wanted to travel to, but I'm so glad I ended up here. We spent a weekend filled with Good George Beer, Fish and Chips Takeaways, and new card games.

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It's been exactly a year since I landed in New Zealand and since then my perspective on life has shifted. Since then I started exploring my backyard, leaving footprints all around Washington. Although the Pacific Northwest will always have my heart, I have recently fallen in love with the city of San Francisco.