So I took a road trip to Arizona last week. With a destination to The Grand Canyon! About two years ago I attempted to go to the Grand Canyon, but little did I know, the vortex known as Sedona wouldn't let me out! This time around, I was determined to reach this grand place. I went with my two best friends. Started driving friday night and hit Arizona by 1am. We slept at a random rest stop not expecting it to get freezing cold at night, but it did. So we spent most of the night shivering in our seats. We woke up to a cold morning, with other wanderers/travelers around us. We bundled up as best we could and were ready to get back on the road. As we were leaving, a family asked us to help start their car, apparently they left their lights on the entire night! We jumped their car, wished each other good travels and went our way.
First stop was Phoenix, AZ. There we stopped at Last Chance hoping to snag some great designer finds. I found some gems, but it was a drag to find them. Not as good as it used to be. We the proceeded to get powered up with some acai smoothies at a near by smoothie cafe and got back on that Arizona road. We spoke of love, family, memories, the past, the power of words, hope, mistakes, fears. Anything and everything. We argued, we laughed, we got passionate. That's what best friends are for. We stopped on the side of the road about 1hour into our drive to The Grand Canyon from Phoenix and jumped a barbed wire to explore the CACTUS PARADISE that endlessly went on. We might have been trespassing but we couldn't find a home. It was just GIANT cactus after towering cactus/cacti?
A quick pitstop/photo op and we were back on the road. We hit Flagstaff and began to see the dark green trees covered in snow. Absolutely stunning. The road kept getting more exciting as we drove on. The sights were getting more beautiful, and the energy was just oozing with anticipation in the car. We finally hit Grand Canyon village, and the road up to the entrance of the park was magical, it started to snow! My second snowfall. As we entered the park, inches of snow, and the snnow kept falling and we were just the happiest ladies in the world. We bundled up in the worst gear for winter ever known. We didn't expect snow. I luckily brought coat options cause I overpack, and stopped at the general store to purchase gloves cause being the cali girls we are, we were very unprepared.
After sort of getting lost, we found our way to the canyon. And for a moment we were speechless. We stood by the edge of the cliff and stared at amazement. In all it's glory. Even people around us just stood there and looked beyond. There was remnants of snow on the side of the cliffs and clouds perfectly shading the canyons. A beautiful experience. We stood there and made a tiny snowman to leave our mark. And we laughed and danced and embarrassed ourselves. As perfect as that moment was, our trip didn't end there. We spent a couple of hours in the park and spoke of future plans to HIKE it in the future. Which I very seriously intend to do. But we left and headed to Sedona to spend the night.
We drove a bit but before exiting the park, we had to have an impromptu snow fight cause you don't experience a snow ball fight at the grand canyon everyday. So we stopped on the side of the road again and chaos ensued! We hit Sedona with growling stomachs and found a local vegan hot dog place. The owner spoke to me in Spanish and we shared stories and got to know each other. A kind soul. He originally lived in Los Angeles and moved to Sedona and opened up this delicious hot doggeryyyy. Mine was mouth watering and he checked back on us and asked how we were enjoying ourselves and we just felt so welcome. We explored the night life(not much of a night life) but we explore and we could say we did. Then woke up the next morning to explore this beloved town. I didn't want to leave, I didn't want this short trip to be over but we were on the road again, back to reality. We left Arizona loving each other more than we did before. Knowing things that we didn't know about each other before and we all experienced a monumental moment together. Many more to come!
VIDEO MONTAGE I MADE OF THE ROADTRIP