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Grand Canyon

36°1' 39" N 112°11' 6" W Grand Canyon

Nov 21, 2014  –  by Maeva

We drove to Grand Canyon at night time in order to be ready to visit early in the morning. The road was completely empty except for deers… So in an unlit road at night, we were carefully scrutinizing the road to check for animals crossing the way. Even in the dark, the canyon revealed itself by the side of the road, thanks to a strong moonlight. As we reached the first viewpoint, we stepped out and almost flew away with the crazy wind! Still, Steph braved the elements to find the tripod and take a night shot of the canyon under the stars.

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We found a great campground in the forest and allowed ourselves to have a well deserved good night’s sleep with no alarm clock! In the morning, after struggling to make breakfast with such wind – picture glasses and bread spreads flying away – we passed by a deer on our way out. We might get used to this! We then chose the bus loop we’d go for. Yes, we were surprised to learn that we couldn’t simply drive or walk wherever we wanted. We had to park and then take the free shuttle towards different viewpoints. A bit of a disappointment to learn that after November 28th all roads would open and people wouldn’t need to take the bus. So close! We did the red loop, the Hermit’s Rest route. We stopped a the first viewpoint and walked towards the next few while contemplating the depth and size of the canyon, fighting the wind and getting some fun shots! The entire loop made it clearer and clearer just how gigantic and imposing the famous Grand Canyon is.

Steph and Maeva sitting in front of grand Canyon
Steph and Maeva sitting in front of grand Canyon
Maeva jumping in Grand Canyon
Maeva jumping in Grand Canyon
Steph jumping in Grand Canyon
Steph jumping in Grand Canyon
Steph and Maeva in Grand Canyon
Steph and Maeva in Grand Canyon

Horseshoe Bend

36°52' 46" N 111°30' 45" W Horseshoe Bend

Nov 21, 2014  –  by Maeva

Oddly enough, we hadn’t even planned on making a stop there. But after hearing a bunch of people mention Horseshoe Bend that morning at Antelope Canyon, we thought we ought to go take a look! And thank god we did!

The best word to describe it? IMPRESSIVE! We walked for a mile to discover the gigantic rock in the middle of the canyon surrounded by a halo of turquoise water. All the more impressive was just the steepness of the cliffs we stood on. Nature once again reminded us how little we are and capturing the scene from such heights and posing so close to the edge was a little stressful… But absolutely thrilling!

Maeva on a cliff on top of Horseshoe Bend
Maeva on a cliff on top of Horseshoe Bend
Our feet dangling above Horseshoe Bend
Our feet dangling above Horseshoe Bend
Maeva sitting above Horseshoe Bend
Maeva sitting above Horseshoe Bend
Steph crawling above Horseshoe Bend
Steph crawling above Horseshoe Bend
Maeva and Steph in Horseshoe Bend
Maeva and Steph in Horseshoe Bend

 

 

Like a lion in Zion

37°19' 22" N 113°2' 45" W Zion National Park

Nov 17, 2014  –  by Maeva

After yet another night on a Walmart parking lot (hey, it’s free!) we made it to Zion National Park on a Saturday morning. It was probably not the best idea to do it on a weekend, but something had to fall on a weekend at some point.

Based on friends’s advice we decided to take the Angel’s Landing hike to the summit of the canyon. Classified as a strenuous hike guys! It was really cool, with lots of steep and narrow ways up top, bringing quite the aerial experience! There were chains to hold on to and steep cliffs right by us. It was quite exhausting and painfully reminded us that we’re not on the best diet for exercise… But reaching a breathtaking 360 view at the top made it absolutely worth it! I even managed to hurt myself, “falling like a baby goat trying to walk for the first time” according to Steph.

All in all, we had no idea why to expect and were offered a truly scenic 4 hour hike that was absolutely amazing and truly deserved its name: Angel’s Landing. If you’re in the area, this is where you want to go. Except if you’re afraid of heights, we did see some people crawling on the floor at the beginning – don’t think it they made it too far!

Zion National Park from below
Zion National Park from below
Maeva hiking in Zion
Maeva hiking in Zion
Maeva walking in Zion
Maeva walking in Zion
Incredible view in Zion
Incredible view in Zion
Maeva on top of Zion
Maeva on top of Zion
Maeva sitting at the summit of Angel's Landing
Maeva sitting at the summit of Angel’s Landing
Maeva posing at the summit
Maeva posing at the summit
Steph sitting at the top of Zion
Steph sitting at the top of Zion
Incredible view at the top of Zion National Park
Incredible view at the top of Zion National Park
Maeva on top of Zion
Maeva on top of Zion
Spotting a ram in Zion
Spotting a ram in Zion