Monday, July 13, 2015

Grand Canyon for My 29th Birthday

On Friday I turned 29! I was the only person in my family who had still never been to the Grand Canyon so I told Justin that is what I wanted to do for my birthday. My sister and mom planned to come up as well. I didn't want to take any extra time off of work so we booked a night in Flagstaff for Friday night and drove up after work. Everly drove up early with my mom and sister. They got up to Flagstaff and played at a park and we met them at a brewery when we got up. It was sooooo nice in Flagstaff. After that we checked into our hotels. Nothing fancy but it did the job. We got up nice and early Saturday morning so we could beat the traffic getting into the park. The drive from Flag to the Grand Canyon is about 90 min and we got there at about 8:15 a.m. and it was perfect. The weather was mid-70's and there were lots of puffy clouds. We started at the visitor center and then headed to Mather Point which is the main lookout at the South Rim. From there we walked for a couple of miles along the Rim Trail. We stopped in at the Geology Museum and then ended our walk at the Village. From there we took a shuttle to one more view at Powell Point. After that we took the shuttles all of the way back and grabbed a quick lunch in Tusayan before heading back. We also stopped in Flagstaff on the way back to fill our growler at Wanderlust Brewing Co. Everly slept the entire 4 hour drive back to Phoenix so I think that is a sign she had a good time. We got home Saturday at around 5:15 so we were basically did the whole trip in 24 hours. I am so glad we went. It is a pretty amazing sight and just doesn't look real. Justin and I were talking in the car about how cool it is that Arizona has so many different types of places. People travel from across the world to see the Grand Canyon and we have it right here in our home state. Arizona is not perfect, no state is, but I think we are pretty lucky to call this place home. Justin also got me a GoPro for my birthday. I love documenting for the girls and wanted to take more videos. I still kinda have no idea what I am doing with it, but made a quick little video from our trip and I hope the girls love looking back on it when they grow up.

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